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Building A.i. That can Build A.i.
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Building A.i. That can Build A.i.

They are a dream of researchers but perhaps a nightmare for highly skilled computer programmers: artificially intelligent machines that can build other artificially...

What Virtual Reality Can Teach a Driverless Car
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What Virtual Reality Can Teach a Driverless Car

Major companies are testing autonomous car software within virtual reality simulations of cities.

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media
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How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney's Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories.

Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries For Scarce AI Talent
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Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries For Scarce AI Talent

With artificial intelligence expertise in short supply, artificial intelligence talent is commanding huge salaries from the largest technology companies.

Justices to Decide on Forcing Technology Firms to Provide Data Held Abroad
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Justices to Decide on Forcing Technology Firms to Provide Data Held Abroad

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether federal prosecutors can force technology companies to turn over data stored outside the United States. 

Careers For Women in Technology Companies Are a Global Challenge
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Careers For Women in Technology Companies Are a Global Challenge

Gender bias in technology is a problem for women on both sides of the Atlantic, although the challenges and opportunities they face can differ due to political...

Scientists in Mexico Scramble to Deploy Seismic Sensors
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Scientists in Mexico Scramble to Deploy Seismic Sensors

Late one night in September, Victor Cruz, a geophysicist at Mexico's National Autonomous University, submitted an article to a scientific journal describing progress...

­Understanding Ethereum, Bitcoin's Virtual Cousin
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­Understanding Ethereum, Bitcoin's Virtual Cousin

Bitcoin has many cousins and competitors. None have grown more popular than Ethereum, a global computer network with its own virtual currency, called Ether.

Chips Off the Old block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues from Human Brains
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Chips Off the Old block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues from Human Brains

We expect a lot from our computers these days. They should talk to us, recognize everything from faces to flowers, and maybe soon do the driving.

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles
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As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans.

In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own
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In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own

The robot was perched over a bin filled with random objects, from a box of instant oatmeal to a small toy shark.

The Smartphone's Future: It's All About the Camera
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The Smartphone's Future: It's All About the Camera

We all know the drill. For the last decade, smartphones have gotten thinner and faster and thinner and faster and, well, you get the picture.

A Game You Can Control With Your Mind
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A Game You Can Control With Your Mind

When you pull the headset over your eyes and the game begins, you are transported to a tiny room with white walls.

Teaching Kids Coding, By the Book
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Teaching Kids Coding, By the Book

Girls Who Code has arranged a deal with Penguin to release 13 books over the next two years.

The Loyal Engineers Steering Nasa's Voyager Probes Across the Universe
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The Loyal Engineers Steering Nasa's Voyager Probes Across the Universe

In the early spring of 1977, Larry Zottarelli, a 40-year-old computer engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, set out for Cape Canaveral, Fla....

How A.i. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art
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How A.i. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

In the mid-1990s, Douglas Eck worked as a database programmer in Albuquerque while moonlighting as a musician.

Gene Editing For 'designer Babies'? Highly ­nlikely, Scientists Say
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Gene Editing For 'designer Babies'? Highly ­nlikely, Scientists Say

Now that science is a big step closer to being able to fiddle with the genes of a human embryo, is it time to panic?

Cars Suck ­p Data About You. Where Does It All Go?
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Cars Suck ­p Data About You. Where Does It All Go?

Cars have become rolling listening posts. They can track phone calls and texts, log queries to websites, record what radio stations you listen to—even tell you...

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover
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Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

In 2015, Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here...

Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them
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Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them

Automakers are working to develop systems that would enable self-driving cars to avoid hitting large animals such as deer.
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