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Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?
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Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?

The fragile apparition endured only long enough to say: "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope" before flickering out.

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

Google DeepMind's AI Learns Human Navigation Skills
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Google DeepMind's AI Learns Human Navigation Skills

Google's DeepMind unit has developed an algorithm that outperforms people in solving a virtual maze.

Scientists Plan European AI Hub to Compete With ­.S.
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Scientists Plan European AI Hub to Compete With ­.S.

Europe's leading scientists have crafted plans for a multinational European institute for artificial intelligence research.

Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?
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Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?

In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to...

Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?
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Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?

The speculation around cryptocurrencies has obscured the fact that blockchain, the decentralised, open-source ledger that drives bitcoin, could radically change...

Strava Suggests Military ­sers 'opt Out' of Heatmap as Row Deepens
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Strava Suggests Military ­sers 'opt Out' of Heatmap as Row Deepens

Fitness-tracking company Strava has defended its publication of heatmaps that accidentally reveal sensitive military positions, arguing that the information was...

Three Quarters of Android Apps Track ­sers With Third Party Tools
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Three Quarters of Android Apps Track ­sers With Third Party Tools

More than 75% of Android applications contain at least one third-party tracking tool.

Could Virtual Reality Replace Therapy?
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Could Virtual Reality Replace Therapy?

Psychologists are testing virtual reality systems as a therapeutic tool for phobias and disorders.

Robots Could Destabilise World Through War and ­nemployment, Says ­n
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Robots Could Destabilise World Through War and ­nemployment, Says ­n

The UN has warned that robots could destabilise the world ahead of the opening of a headquarters in The Hague to monitor developments in artificial intelligence...

Collection of Letters By Codebreaker Alan Turing Found in Filing Cabinet
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Collection of Letters By Codebreaker Alan Turing Found in Filing Cabinet

The correspondence, dating from 1949 to 1954, was found by an academic in a storeroom at the University of Manchester.

End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis For American Cashiers
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End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis For American Cashiers

The day before a fully automated grocery store opened its doors in 1939, the inventor Clarence Saunders took out a full page advertisement in the Memphis Press-Scimitar...

'anonymous' Browsing Data Can Be Easily Exposed, Researchers Reveal
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'anonymous' Browsing Data Can Be Easily Exposed, Researchers Reveal

A German journalist and data scientist say they were able to easily obtain the "anonymous" online browsing information of more than 3 million Germans.

Google Enters Race For Nuclear Fusion Technology
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Google Enters Race For Nuclear Fusion Technology

Google Research and Tri Alpha Energy have developed a computer algorithm called Optometrist that facilitates integrating high-powered computation with human judgment...

Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery
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Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery

New software that can differentiate scenic views from blots on the landscape.

AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals
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AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals

Researchers at the University of Bath and Princeton University have demonstrated an artificial intelligence tool that enables computers to interpret everyday language...

Tim Berners-Lee: Selling Private Citizens' Browsing Data Is 'disgusting'
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Tim Berners-Lee: Selling Private Citizens' Browsing Data Is 'disgusting'

Sir Tim Berners-Lee says he is appalled by the Trump administration's decision to dismantle net neutrality and let Internet service providers sell customers' browsing...

Tim Berners-Lee: I Invented the Web. Here Are Three Things We Need to Change to Save It
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Tim Berners-Lee: I Invented the Web. Here Are Three Things We Need to Change to Save It

World Wide Web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of three trends to be overcome in order to sustain the Web as beneficial for everyone.

Rolf Noskwith Obituary
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Rolf Noskwith Obituary

A member of the Bletchley Park team breaking the German navy’s Enigma ciphers during the second World War.

Vanishing Point: The Rise of the Invisible Computer
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Vanishing Point: The Rise of the Invisible Computer

Experts agree the steady advances of computer chip transistor shrinkage--faster chip speeds, greater efficiency, and less-expensive manufacturing--will soon reach...
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