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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...

Give Robots 'personhood' Status, Eu Committee Argues
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Give Robots 'personhood' Status, Eu Committee Argues

The European parliament has urged the drafting of a set of regulations to govern the use and creation of robots and artificial intelligence, including a form of...

Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs, and We're Not Ready For It
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Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs, and We're Not Ready For It

The McDonald's on the corner of Third Avenue and 58th Street in New York City doesn/t look all that different from any of the fast-food chain's other locations...

Apple Removes New York Times App in China 
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Apple Removes New York Times App in China 

Apple has removed the New York Times app from its store in China after a government request, in an example of how far the company will go to please the authorities...

Bat Chat: Machine Learning Algorithms Provide Translations For Bat Squeaks
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Bat Chat: Machine Learning Algorithms Provide Translations For Bat Squeaks

Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel studying Egyptian fruit bats have found a way to determine which bats are communicating with which other bats, what...

European Court of Justice Rules Against Mass Data Retention in Eu
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European Court of Justice Rules Against Mass Data Retention in Eu

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday that laws allowing for the blanket collection and retention of location and traffic data are...

Microsoft, Code.org Target Beginner Coders With Minecraft Program
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Microsoft, Code.org Target Beginner Coders With Minecraft Program

Microsoft and Code.org have released a new tutorial for Hour of Code, an annual campaign held during Computer Science Education Week to encourage more students...

Earth's Day Lengthens By Two Milliseconds a Century, Astronomers Find
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Earth's Day Lengthens By Two Milliseconds a Century, Astronomers Find

There may never be enough hours in the day to get everything done, but at least the forces of nature are conspiring to help out.

Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search
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Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search

Here's what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That's all I did.

Theory Challenging Einstein's View on Speed of Light Could Soon Be Tested
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Theory Challenging Einstein's View on Speed of Light Could Soon Be Tested

The newborn universe may have glowed with light beams moving much faster than they do today, according to a theory that overturns Einstein's century-old claim that...

Genevieve Bell: 'humanity's Greatest Fear Is About Being Irrelevant'
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Genevieve Bell: 'humanity's Greatest Fear Is About Being Irrelevant'

Genevieve Bell is an Australian anthropologist who has been working at tech company Intel for 18 years, where she is currently head of sensing and insights.

Apple Issues Global Ios ­pdate After Attempt to ­se Spyware on Activist's Iphone
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Apple Issues Global Ios ­pdate After Attempt to ­se Spyware on Activist's Iphone

A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has triggered a global upgrade of Apple's mobile operating...

Your Battery Status Is Being Used to Track You Online
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Your Battery Status Is Being Used to Track You Online

A little-known web standard that lets site owners tell how much battery life a mobile device has left has been found to enable tracking online, a year after ...

­se of Police Robot to Kill Dallas Shooting Suspect Believed to Be First in ­S History
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­se of Police Robot to Kill Dallas Shooting Suspect Believed to Be First in ­S History

For what experts are calling the first time in history, US police have used a robot in a show of lethal force.
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