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Artificial Intelligence Is Far From Matching Humans, Panel Says
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Artificial Intelligence Is Far From Matching Humans, Panel Says

Never mind Terminator-like killer robots. Artificial intelligence researchers are grappling with more realistic questions like whether their creations will take...

China Quietly Targets ­.s. Tech Companies in Security Reviews
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China Quietly Targets ­.s. Tech Companies in Security Reviews

Chinese authorities are quietly scrutinizing technology products sold in China by Apple and other big foreign companies, focusing on whether they pose potential...

Want to Buy a Self-Driving Car? Big-Rig Trucks May Come First
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Want to Buy a Self-Driving Car? Big-Rig Trucks May Come First

Imagine you are driving on a highway late at night when a big-rig truck closes in behind you.

Scientists Hold Secret Meeting to Consider Creating a Synthetic Human Genome
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Scientists Hold Secret Meeting to Consider Creating a Synthetic Human Genome

Scientists are now contemplating the creation of a synthetic human genome, meaning they would use chemicals to manufacture all the DNA contained in human chromosomes...

When Websites Won't Take No for an Answer
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When Websites Won't Take No for an Answer

Harry Brignull, a user-experience consultant in Britain who helps websites and apps develop consumer-friendly features, has a professional bone to pick with sites...

Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley For Edge in Artificial Intelligence
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Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley For Edge in Artificial Intelligence

In its quest to maintain a United States military advantage, the Pentagon is aggressively turning to Silicon Valley’s hottest technology—artificial intelligence...

Police and Tech Giants Wrangle Over Encryption on Capitol Hill
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Police and Tech Giants Wrangle Over Encryption on Capitol Hill

Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the district attorney of Manhattan, visited Washington late last month to argue his case on a pressing issue: encryption.

Moore's Law Running Out of Room, Tech Looks For a Successor
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Moore's Law Running Out of Room, Tech Looks For a Successor

For decades, the computer industry has been guided by a faith that engineers would always find a way to make the components on computer chips smaller, faster and...

­.s. Directs Cyberweapons at Isis For First Time
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­.s. Directs Cyberweapons at Isis For First Time

The United States has opened a new line of combat against the Islamic State, directing the military’s six-year-old Cyber Command for the first time to mount computer...

Europe Tried to Rein In Google. It Backfired.
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Europe Tried to Rein In Google. It Backfired.

Google is a top target for European regulators and privacy watchdogs, who openly fear and distrust its dominance.

Arms Control Groups ­rge Human Control of Robot Weaponry
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Arms Control Groups ­rge Human Control of Robot Weaponry

Two international arms control groups on Monday issued a report that called for maintaining human control over a new generation of weapons that are increasingly...

Billing by Millionths of Pennies, Cloud Computing's Giants Take In Billions
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Billing by Millionths of Pennies, Cloud Computing's Giants Take In Billions

Imagine building an enormous beach resort, maybe the best in the world.

China's Companies Poised to Take Leap in Developing a Driverless Car
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China's Companies Poised to Take Leap in Developing a Driverless Car

China could emerge as the premier country for the development and adoption of self-driving vehicles. 

­.s. Textile Industry Turns to Tech as Gateway to Revival
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­.s. Textile Industry Turns to Tech as Gateway to Revival

A $320-million project aims to bring the textile sector into the digital era by embedding sensors and semiconductors into fabrics. 

Apple's New Challenge: Learning How the ­.s. Cracked Its Iphone
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Apple's New Challenge: Learning How the ­.s. Cracked Its Iphone

Now that the United States government has cracked open an iPhone that belonged to a gunman in the San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting without Apple's help, the...

American Tech Giants Face Fight in Europe Over Encrypted Data
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American Tech Giants Face Fight in Europe Over Encrypted Data

Silicon Valley's battle over encryption is heading to Europe.

­.s. Says It Has ­nlocked Iphone Without Apple, Ending Lawsuit
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­.s. Says It Has ­nlocked Iphone Without Apple, Ending Lawsuit

The Justice Department said Monday that it had found a way to unlock an iPhone without help from Apple, allowing the agency to withdraw its legal effort to compel...

The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future
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The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future

The resounding win by a Google artificial intelligence program over a champion in the complex board game Go this month was a statement—not so much to professional...

In the Apple Case, a Debate Over Data Hits Home
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In the Apple Case, a Debate Over Data Hits Home

Three years ago, reeling from Edward J. Snowden’s disclosure of the government’s vast surveillance programs and uncertain how to respond, President Obama said he...

Apple and U.s. Bitterly Turn Up Volume in Iphone Privacy Fight
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Apple and U.s. Bitterly Turn Up Volume in Iphone Privacy Fight

The Obama administration argued on Thursday that "no single corporation"—even one as successful as Apple—should be allowed to flout the rule of law by refusingF...
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