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A Robotic Hand Plays the Piano With a More Human Touch
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A Robotic Hand Plays the Piano With a More Human Touch

Researchers have developed a robotic hand that can play the piano.

A Toaster on Wheels to Deliver Groceries? Self-Driving Tech Tests Practical ­ses
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A Toaster on Wheels to Deliver Groceries? Self-Driving Tech Tests Practical ­ses

Slow uptake of driverless passenger services is spurring the autonomous industry to experiment with offerings like food deliveries from small, self-driving vehicles...

This Graduate School Helped Make New York Appealing to Amazon
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This Graduate School Helped Make New York Appealing to Amazon

Cornell Tech's reputation for producing skilled technology graduates played a decisive role in Amazon's decision to build its new headquarters in New York City....

AI as Talent Scout: Unorthodox Hires, and Maybe Lower Pay
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AI as Talent Scout: Unorthodox Hires, and Maybe Lower Pay

Companies are turning to services that use artificial intelligence to vet potential hires amid a tight labor market.

Meet Zora, the Robot Caregiver
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Meet Zora, the Robot Caregiver

Jouarre, a nursing facility outside Paris, is using a robot to help care for elderly patients.

As Immigrant Farmworkers Become More Scarce, Robots Replace Humans
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As Immigrant Farmworkers Become More Scarce, Robots Replace Humans

In response to the diminishing supply of immigrant labor, the U.S. agriculture sector is increasingly turning to robots that can do the work traditionally done...

Finally, a Machine That Can Finish Your Sentence
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Finally, a Machine That Can Finish Your Sentence

Google researchers have unveiled an artificial intelligence system that can complete English sentences with human-like accuracy.

How Cheap Labor Drives China's A.I. Ambitions
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How Cheap Labor Drives China's A.I. Ambitions

Some of the most critical work in advancing China's technology goals takes place in a former cement factory in the middle of the country's heartland, far from the...

At China’s Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges
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At China’s Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges

Discussion topics included counterterrorism, data breaches, and surveillance.

Another ­se for AI: Finding Millions of ­nregistered Voters
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Another ­se for AI: Finding Millions of ­nregistered Voters

IBM's Jeff Jonas has for several years used his artificial intelligence software for a multistate project to identify eligible voters and purge voter rolls of inaccuracies...

The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI
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The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI

Scientists are using artificial intelligence to improve data analysis to better understand earthquakes, predict their behavior, and warn of seismic events faster...

What Comes After the Roomba?
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What Comes After the Roomba?

It has been 16 years since the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner was introduced by iRobot.

The Computer Chauffeur Is Creeping Closer
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The Computer Chauffeur Is Creeping Closer

With artificial intelligence discreetly improving driving safety, the technology is likely to find its way into luxury vehicles.

Will There Be a Ban on Killer Robots?
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Will There Be a Ban on Killer Robots?

A group of arms control advocates, humans rights groups, and technologists is lobbying the United Nations to craft a global decree that bans autonomous weapons....

The Crisis of Election Security
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The Crisis of Election Security

As the midterms approach, America's electronic voting systems are more vulnerable than ever. Why isn't anyone trying to fix them?

How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data
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How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data

Before Kim Slingerland downloaded the Fun Kid Racing app for her then-5-year-old son, Shane, she checked to make sure it was in the family section of the Google...

Role Models Tell Girls That STEM’s for Them in New Campaign
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Role Models Tell Girls That STEM’s for Them in New Campaign

A public service as campaign called "She Can STEM" aims to encourage girls ages 11 to 15 to get involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Silicon Valley Takes a (Careful) Step Toward Autonomous Flying
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Silicon Valley Takes a (Careful) Step Toward Autonomous Flying

Several Silicon Valley startups are developing technology that can be applied to small helicopters and other passenger aircraft to allow for autonomous flight. ...

'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye
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'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

Facebook has made a mint by enabling advertisers to identify and reach the very people most likely to react to their messages.

Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap
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Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap

When you're browsing a website and the mouse cursor disappears, it might be a computer glitch—or it might be a deliberate test to find out who you are.
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