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Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found
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Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found

When Zbynek Frolik needed new employees to handle surging orders at his cavernous factories in central Bohemia, he fanned advertisements across the Czech Republic...

A Tough Task for Facebook: European-Type Privacy for All
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A Tough Task for Facebook: European-Type Privacy for All

Next month, a comprehensive new data protection law goes into effect in the European Union, placing greater requirements on how companies like Facebook and Google...

Tech Thinks It Has a Fix for the Problems It Created: Blockchain
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Tech Thinks It Has a Fix for the Problems It Created: Blockchain

Entrepreneurs, companies, and governments look to use databases like Blockchain—often independent of Bitcoin—to solve some of the most intractable issues facing...

Justice Dept. Revives Push to Mandate a Way to ­nlock Phones
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Justice Dept. Revives Push to Mandate a Way to ­nlock Phones

Federal law enforcement officials are renewing a push for a legal mandate that tech companies build tools into smartphones and other devices that would allow access...

For the ­.S. and China, a Technology Cold War That's Freezing Over
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For the ­.S. and China, a Technology Cold War That's Freezing Over

A cold war is being waged across the world's most advanced industries. And it just got a lot chillier.

Pentagon Wants Silicon Valley’s Help on A.I.
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Pentagon Wants Silicon Valley’s Help on A.I.

There is little doubt that the Defense Department needs help from Silicon Valley's biggest companies as it pursues work on artificial intelligence. The question...

Madison Square Garden Has Used Face-Scanning Technology on Customers
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Madison Square Garden Has Used Face-Scanning Technology on Customers

Madison Square Garden has quietly used facial-recognition technology to bolster security and identify those entering the building, according to multiple people...

The New ­.S.-China Rivalry: A Technology Race
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The New ­.S.-China Rivalry: A Technology Race

As the United States and China look to protect their national security needs and economic interests, the fight between the two financial superpowers is increasingly...

It’s True: False News Spreads Faster and Wider. And Humans Are to Blame.
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It’s True: False News Spreads Faster and Wider. And Humans Are to Blame.

What if the scourge of false news on the internet is not the result of Russian operatives or partisan zealots or computer-controlled bots? What if the main problem...

Google Researchers Are Learning How Machines Learn
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Google Researchers Are Learning How Machines Learn

Machines are starting to learn tasks on their own. They are identifying faces, recognizing spoken words, reading medical scans and even carrying on their own conversations...

Paul Allen Wants to Teach Machines Common Sense
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Paul Allen Wants to Teach Machines Common Sense

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will pour another $125 million into the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence to fund a project to teach computers common...

­ncovering the Secrets of the 'Girl With a Pearl Earring'
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­ncovering the Secrets of the 'Girl With a Pearl Earring'

"How did the 'Girl With a Pearl Earring' come to life? What steps did Vermeer take to make this painting?"

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...

­niversities Rush to Roll Out Computer Science Ethics Courses
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­niversities Rush to Roll Out Computer Science Ethics Courses

U.S. universities are starting to offer ethics courses relating to computer science.

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.

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.
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