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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.

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...

A Darker Theme in Obama's Farewell: Automation Can Divide ­S
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A Darker Theme in Obama's Farewell: Automation Can Divide ­S

Underneath the nostalgia and hope in President Obama's farewell address Tuesday night was a darker theme: the struggle to help the people on the losing end of technological...

Robots Will Take Jobs, but Not as Fast as Some Fear, New Report Says
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Robots Will Take Jobs, but Not as Fast as Some Fear, New Report Says

The march of automation will displace jobs more gradually than some alarming forecasts suggest.

Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button For Regulators
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Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button For Regulators

Wealth and influence in the technology business have always been about gaining the upper hand in software or the machines that software ran on.

Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better
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Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better

Every once in a while, just for laughs, Kevin Smith-Fagan tries to call a friend of his, Priscilla, using the voice-recognition system in his 2013 Chevrolet Volt...

Cyberwar For Sale
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Cyberwar For Sale

On the morning of May 18, 2014, Violeta Lagunes was perplexed by a series of strange messages that appeared in her Gmail inbox.

Apple and Nokia Battle Over Cellphone Patents
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Apple and Nokia Battle Over Cellphone Patents

Apple's iPhone is a technological marvel.

The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It's Automation.
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The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It's Automation.

The first job that Sherry Johnson, 56, lost to automation was at the local newspaper in Marietta, Ga., where she fed paper into the printing machines and laid out...

The Great A.i. Awakening
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The Great A.i. Awakening

Late one Friday night in early November, Jun Rekimoto, a distinguished professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Tokyo, was online preparing...

California to Regulate Energy ­se of Desktop Computers and Monitors
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California to Regulate Energy ­se of Desktop Computers and Monitors

The California Energy Commission on Wednesday agreed to pass new regulations for energy efficiency in desktop computers and monitors.

Automated Pro-Trump Bots Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say
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Automated Pro-Trump Bots Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say

Researchers from Oxford University found that an automated army of pro-Donald J. Trump chatbots overwhelmed similar programs supporting Hillary Clinton five to...

A Slow Ride Toward the Future of Public Transportation
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A Slow Ride Toward the Future of Public Transportation

A self-driving electric bus relying on laser sensors, global-positioning systems, and software is undergoing testing in Helsinki, Finland.

Why Light Bulbs May Be the Next Hacker Target
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Why Light Bulbs May Be the Next Hacker Target

The Internet of Things could prove highly vulnerable to cyberattackers, according to a new study.

Five Possible Hacks to Worry About Before Election Day
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Five Possible Hacks to Worry About Before Election Day

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia dismisses the idea that he has the power to interfere with Tuesday's election.

Why Light Bulbs May Be the Next Hacker Target
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Why Light Bulbs May Be the Next Hacker Target

The so-called Internet of Things, its proponents argue, offers many benefits: energy efficiency, technology so convenient it can anticipate what you want, even...

New Research Center to Explore Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
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New Research Center to Explore Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

The ethics center is being established at a time of growing international concern about the impact of artificial intelligence technologies.

The Pentagon's 'terminator Conundrum': Robots That Could Kill on Their Own
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The Pentagon's 'terminator Conundrum': Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

The Pentagon has made artificial intelligence the core of its agenda to maintain the U.S. position as the world's leading military power.

The Pentagon's 'terminator Conundrum': Robots That Could Kill on Their Own
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The Pentagon's 'terminator Conundrum': Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

The small drone, with its six whirring rotors, swept past the replica of a Middle Eastern village and closed in on a mosque-like structure, its camera scanning...
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