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What Ever Happened to IBM's Watson?
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What Ever Happened to IBM's Watson?

IBM's artificial intelligence was supposed to transform industries and generate riches for the company. Neither has panned out. Now, IBM has settled on a humbler...

'The Market Is Insane': Cars Are Sold Even Before They Hit the Lot
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'The Market Is Insane': Cars Are Sold Even Before They Hit the Lot

A shortage of computer chips is keeping automakers from producing enough cars to meet rising demand. Used cars are scarce, too.

Why You Should Care About Your Right to Repair Gadgets
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Why You Should Care About Your Right to Repair Gadgets

New legislation could simplify tech maintenance and make buying a new smartphone or computer the last resort.

Inside Facebook's Data Wars
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Inside Facebook's Data Wars

Executives at the social network have clashed over CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned data tool that revealed users' high engagement levels with right-wing media sources...

Tapping Into the Brain to Help a Paralyzed Man Speak
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Tapping Into the Brain to Help a Paralyzed Man Speak

In a once unimagined accomplishment, electrodes implanted in the man's brain transmit signals to a computer that displays his words.

Hidden Costs, Flawed Training Plague the V.A.'s Huge Software Upgrade
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Hidden Costs, Flawed Training Plague the V.A.'s Huge Software Upgrade

A $16-billion effort to modernize health records at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ran into major problems in its first installation, two watchdog reports...

Could Gen Z Free the World From Email?
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Could Gen Z Free the World From Email?

"It's actually crazy how outdated it is." People born after AOL Mail was invented seem to prefer to communicate in almost any other way.

'We Don't Need Another Michelangelo': In Italy, It's Robots' Turn to Sculpt
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'We Don't Need Another Michelangelo': In Italy, It's Robots' Turn to Sculpt

Scientists at the Robotor laboratory in Carrara, Italy, are developing sculpting robots to keep the country on the artistic forefront.

Fallout From Hack of City Law Department Could Linger for Months
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Fallout From Hack of City Law Department Could Linger for Months

One department official was reassigned, and lawyers still lack remote access to case files, leading to delays with lawsuits.

Spy Agencies Turn to Scientists as They Wrestle With Mysteries
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Spy Agencies Turn to Scientists as They Wrestle With Mysteries

American intelligence agencies are tapping outside expertise as they wrestle with mysteries like the coronavirus and UFOs that are as much about science as they...

Game Over: Chinese Company Deploys Facial Recognition to Limit Youths' Play
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Game Over: Chinese Company Deploys Facial Recognition to Limit Youths' Play

Tencent Games says it has been using facial recognition to enforce China's rules on how much time people under 18 can spend playing video games.

Prominent Women Call for Tech Giants to Act Against Online Harassment
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Prominent Women Call for Tech Giants to Act Against Online Harassment

The signatories included the tennis champion Billie Jean King, and the actors Thandiwe Newton, Ashley Judd and Emma Watson.

The Tech Cold War's 'Most Complicated Machine' That's Out of China's Reach
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The Tech Cold War's 'Most Complicated Machine' That's Out of China's Reach

A $150 million chip-making tool from a Dutch company has become a lever in the U.S.-Chinese struggle. It also shows how entrenched the global supply chain is.

Using A.I. to Find Bias in A.I.
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Using A.I. to Find Bias in A.I.

The problem of bias in artificial intelligence is facing increasing scrutiny from regulators and is a growing business for start-ups and tech stalwarts.

Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny
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Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring automakers to report crashes involving vehicles with advanced driver-assistance systems.

Top Fed Official Says Digital Currency May be the Money Equivalent of Parachute Pants
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Top Fed Official Says Digital Currency May be the Money Equivalent of Parachute Pants

The Fed is expected to release a paper on the potential for a digital currency this summer.

Musical Chairs? Swapping Seats Could Reduce Orchestra Aerosols
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Musical Chairs? Swapping Seats Could Reduce Orchestra Aerosols

Researchers used a computer model to determine whether rearranging musicians could significantly reduce aerosol buildup on the stage of a concert hall.

The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think
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The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think

Claims about the Internet's energy consumption typically are exaggerated by well-intentioned scientists, a new study finds.

Lawmakers, Taking Aim at Big Tech, Push Sweeping Overhaul of Antitrust
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Lawmakers, Taking Aim at Big Tech, Push Sweeping Overhaul of Antitrust

A bipartisan group of House members introduced five bills that take direct aim at Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.

Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander
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Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander

The search giant is changing its algorithm, part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content.
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