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Victoria to Allow Trial of Driverless Cars on Country Roads
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Victoria to Allow Trial of Driverless Cars on Country Roads

The state of Victoria in Australia has approved a trial of driverless cars on rural roads.

Franken-algorithms: The Deadly Consequences of ­npredictable Code
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Franken-algorithms: The Deadly Consequences of ­npredictable Code

The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates 'a universe no one fully understands'...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.
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