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Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101
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Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101

Huskey was a pioneering computer scientist who worked on early computing systems, and later helped universities around the world establish computer centers and...

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling
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50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling

Fifty years ago, Peter Samson, one of the inventors of Spacewar, considered the world's first video game, began another craze underground.

How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media
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How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program.

Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85
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Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85

Taylor had the idea that led to the Arpanet, the forerunner of the Internet.

New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says
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New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says

New tools must be developed to track and measure the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on the U.S. job market, according to a report from an expert...

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think
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That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience.

A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like a Computer Simulation
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A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like a Computer Simulation

The ocellated lizard—known as the jeweled lacerta in the pet trade—is born rusty brown with white polka dots.

Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars
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Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars

Long before Google started working on cars that drive themselves and Amazon was creating home appliances that talk, a handful of researchers in Canada—backed by...

Learning to Think Like a Computer
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Learning to Think Like a Computer

The number of computer science majors has more than doubled since 2011, according to the Computing Research Association.

Learning to Think Like a Computer
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Learning to Think Like a Computer

In "The Beauty and Joy of Computing," the course he helped conceive for nonmajors at the University of California, Berkeley, Daniel Garcia explains an all-important...

Trump Completes Repeal of Online Privacy Protections From Obama Era
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Trump Completes Repeal of Online Privacy Protections From Obama Era

President Trump on Monday signed a congressional resolution to complete the overturning of internet privacy protections created by the Federal Communications Commission...

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs
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Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs

Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans?

It's Possible to Hack a Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show
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It's Possible to Hack a Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show

A security loophole that would allow someone to add extra steps to the counter on your Fitbit monitor might seem harmless. But researchers say it points to the...

Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?
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Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?

There is a crisis brewing in the cosmos, or perhaps in the community of cosmologists. The universe seems to be expanding too fast, some astronomers say.

China's Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter
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China's Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter

Robert O. Work, the veteran defense official retained as deputy secretary by President Trump, calls them his "A.I. dudes."

Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized
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Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized

Whether personally or professionally, Daniel Kronauer of Rockefeller University is the sort of biologist who leaves no stone unturned.

A Darker Theme in Obama's Farewell: Automation Can Divide Us
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A Darker Theme in Obama's Farewell: Automation Can Divide Us

Underneath the nostalgia and hope in President Obama's farewell address Tuesday night was a darker theme: the struggle to help the people on the losing end of technological...

N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications
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N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the...

Robots Will Take Jobs, but Not as Fast as Some Fear, New Report Says
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Robots Will Take Jobs, but Not as Fast as Some Fear, New Report Says

The march of automation will displace jobs more gradually than some alarming forecasts suggest.

Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button for Regulators
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Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button for Regulators

Wealth and influence in the technology business have always been about gaining the upper hand in software or the machines that software ran on.
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