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Google's Alphago Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win For AI
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Google's Alphago Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win For AI

Google DeepMind's AlphaGo program beat a Chinese world champion in the first of three Go games held this week.

China, Addicted to Bootleg Software, Reels From Ransomware Attack
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China, Addicted to Bootleg Software, Reels From Ransomware Attack

China is home to the world's largest group of internet users, a thriving online technology scene and rampant software piracy that encapsulates its determination...

A Robot Revolution, This Time in China
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A Robot Revolution, This Time in China

Even a decade ago, car manufacturing in China was still a fairly low-tech, labor-intensive endeavor.

The Harmony That Keeps Trappist-1's 7 Earth-Size Worlds From Colliding
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The Harmony That Keeps Trappist-1's 7 Earth-Size Worlds From Colliding

In February, astronomers announced the discovery of a nearby star with seven Earth-size planets, and at least some of the planets seemed to be in a zone that could...

Nasa Challenges Coders to Speed ­p Its Supercomputer
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Nasa Challenges Coders to Speed ­p Its Supercomputer

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has issued a challenge to programmers to boost the performance of its Pleiades supercomputer.

Geniuses Wanted: Nasa Challenges Coders to Speed ­p Its Supercomputer
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Geniuses Wanted: Nasa Challenges Coders to Speed ­p Its Supercomputer

To improve the performance of one of the world's biggest supercomputers, NASA is crowdsourcing some new ideas about an old coding language. And there are cash prizes...

How to Prepare For an Automated Future
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How to Prepare For an Automated Future

We don't know how quickly machines will displace people's jobs, or how many they'll take, but we know it's happening—not just to factory workers but also to ...

Sent to Prison By a Software Program's Secret Algorithms
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Sent to Prison By a Software Program's Secret Algorithms

When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. visited Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last month, he was asked a startling question, one with overtones of science fiction...

Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)
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Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)

What if part of your job became teaching a computer everything you know about doing someone's job—perhaps your own?

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway...

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.

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

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 ­niverse Is Expanding, but How Fast?
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Cosmos Controversy: The ­niverse 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.
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