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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.

New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says
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New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says

New tools must be developed to track and measure the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on the U.S. job market, according to a report from an expert...

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

The number of computer science majors has more than doubled since 2011, according to the Computing Research Association.

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...

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?

China's Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter
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China's Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter

Robert O. Work, the veteran defense official retained as deputy secretary by President Trump, calls them his "A.I. dudes."

Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized
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Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized

Whether personally or professionally, Daniel Kronauer of Rockefeller University is the sort of biologist who leaves no stone unturned.

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...

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...

Silicon Valley's Culture, Not Its Companies, Dominates in China
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Silicon Valley's Culture, Not Its Companies, Dominates in China

The majesty of the Golden Gate, the windy chill of Alcatraz, the tourist hubbub of Pier 39—Zhao Haoyu’s itinerary for San Francisco had it all.

Stepping ­p Security For an Internet-of-Things World
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Stepping ­p Security For an Internet-of-Things World

The vision of the so-called internet of things—giving all sorts of physical things a digital makeover—has been years ahead of reality. But that gap is closing fast...

A Mission to Bring STEM Skills, and Robots, to Children in West Africa
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A Mission to Bring STEM Skills, and Robots, to Children in West Africa

Sidy Ndao aims to advance science, technology, engineering, and math skills in West Africa by organizing events such as the Pan-African Robotics Competition. 

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...

Women in Tech Band Together to Track Diversity, After Hours
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Women in Tech Band Together to Track Diversity, After Hours

Eight prominent women activists from Silicon Valley have unveiled the Project employee diversity campaign.

The Minecraft Generation
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The Minecraft Generation

The extremely popular Minecraft computer game is turning children into a generation of computing tinkerers and engineers.

Taking Baby Steps Toward Software That Reasons Like Humans
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Taking Baby Steps Toward Software That Reasons Like Humans

Richard Socher appeared nervous as he waited for his artificial intelligence program to answer a simple question: "Is the tennis player wearing a cap?"

At Berkeley, a New Digital Privacy Protest
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At Berkeley, a New Digital Privacy Protest

After hackers breached the computer network of the U.C.L.A. medical center last summer, Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, and her office...

Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88
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Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88

Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist's thirst for knowledge with a philosopher's quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that...

Larry Page, Google Founder, Is Still Innovator in Chief
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Larry Page, Google Founder, Is Still Innovator in Chief

Three years ago, Charles Chase, an engineer who manages Lockheed Martin's nuclear fusion program, was sitting on a white leather couch at Google's Solve for X conference...
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