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The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine
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The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine

In 2011, the election board in Pennsylvania's Venango County—a largely rural county in the northwest part of the state—asked David A. Eckhardt, a computer science...

After Florida School Shooting, Russian 'Bot' Army Pounced
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After Florida School Shooting, Russian 'Bot' Army Pounced

One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking...

Good News: A.I. Is Getting Cheaper. That’s Also Bad News.
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Good News: A.I. Is Getting Cheaper. That’s Also Bad News.

A.I. experts and pundits have discussed the threats created by the technology for years, but this is among the first efforts to tackle the issue head-on.

Astronomers' Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray
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Astronomers' Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

A star-crossed mission nearly 20 years in the making that was intended to seek an answer to the most burning, baffling question in astronomy—and perhaps elucidate...

How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives
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How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives

In Phoenix, Ariz., cars are self-navigating the streets. In many homes, people are barking commands at tiny machines, with the machines responding. On our smartphones...

As China Marches Forward on  A.I., the White House Is Silent
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As China Marches Forward on A.I., the White House Is Silent

In July, China unveiled a plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence and create an industry worth $150 billion to its economy by 2030.

Newly Discovered Form of Water Ice Is 'really Strange'
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Newly Discovered Form of Water Ice Is 'really Strange'

Scientists have confirmed a form of water that is simultaneously solid and liquid. It is the latest advance in the study of water, a seemingly simple substance...

If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (and Amazon Has a Patent For It.)
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If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (and Amazon Has a Patent For It.)

What if your employer made you wear a wristband that tracked your every move, and that even nudged you via vibrations when it judged that you were doing something...

Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts
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Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts

More than a million followers have disappeared from the accounts of dozens of prominent Twitter users in recent days as the company faces growing criticism over...

Tech Giants Brace For Europe's New Data Privacy Rule
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Tech Giants Brace For Europe's New Data Privacy Rule

Over the past two months, Google has started letting people around the world choose what data they want to share with its various products, including Gmail and...

Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human
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Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human

Can you predict a crime?

Big Bets on A.i. Open a New Frontier For Chip Start-­ps, Too
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Big Bets on A.i. Open a New Frontier For Chip Start-­ps, Too

For years, tech industry financiers showed little interest in start-up companies that made computer chips.

Scanning an Ancient Biblical Text That Humans Fear to Open
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Scanning an Ancient Biblical Text That Humans Fear to Open

Researchers hope to make a fragile ancient Coptic codex readable by scanning it with computerized tomography and then using software to extract legible text.

Russia and Venezuela's Plan to Sidestep Sanctions: Virtual Currencies
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Russia and Venezuela's Plan to Sidestep Sanctions: Virtual Currencies

Russian and Venezuelan officials are hoping virtual currencies can help their countries make an end run around American sanctions.

How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue
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How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue

What vehicle is most strongly associated with Republican voting districts? Extended-cab pickup trucks. For Democratic districts? Sedans.

How an AI 'cat-and-Mouse Game' Generates Believable Fake Photos
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How an AI 'cat-and-Mouse Game' Generates Believable Fake Photos

A new artificial intelligence system analyzes thousands of celebrity photos, infers common patterns, and generates new images that are similar.

Scientists Are Designing Artisanal Proteins For Your Body
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Scientists Are Designing Artisanal Proteins For Your Body

Our bodies make roughly 20,000 different kinds of proteins, from the collagen in our skin to the hemoglobin in our blood. Some take the shape of molecular sheets...

The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine
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The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine

From inside the control room carved into the rock more than half a mile underground, Mika Persson can see the robots on the march, supposedly coming for his job...

Finalists in Nasa's Spacecraft Sweepstakes: A Drone on Titan, and a Comet-Chaser
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Finalists in Nasa's Spacecraft Sweepstakes: A Drone on Titan, and a Comet-Chaser

Would you like NASA to fly a drone across Saturn's largest moon, or to send a probe to collect samples from a duck-shaped comet?

Why Doesn't the N.f.l. ­se Tracking Technology For First-Down Calls?
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Why Doesn't the N.f.l. ­se Tracking Technology For First-Down Calls?

It was a scene almost designed to show the folly of the N.F.L.'s first-down measurement system.
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