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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.

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...

Early Facebook, Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built
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Early Facebook, Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built

The cohort is creating a union of concerned experts called the Center for Humane Technology.

Winter Olympics’ Security on Alert, but Hackers Have a Head Start
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Winter Olympics’ Security on Alert, but Hackers Have a Head Start

More than 300 Olympics-related computer systems have already been hit, with many of them compromised.

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...

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.

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...

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.

Tracking Dolphins With Algorithms You Might Find on Facebook
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Tracking Dolphins With Algorithms You Might Find on Facebook

Researchers have used a machine learning algorithm similar to Facebook's friend recommender program to track dolphins.

Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?
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Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?

Every month, about four million more Indians get online. They include people like Manju, a 35-year-old seamstress in this city of ancient palaces, who got her first...

Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World
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Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World

After the Russian hacking of the 2016 election, many people worry that technology has gone too far.

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...
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