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Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs
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Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs

The rise of robots has long been a topic for sci-fi best sellers and video games and, as of this week, a threat officially taken seriously by central bankers.

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels
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Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows?

Robot Cars Can't Count on ­S in an Emergency
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Robot Cars Can't Count on ­S in an Emergency

Many automotive technologists are skeptical that autonomous cars will be able to trust humans in emergency situations.

Is China Outsmarting America in A.i.?
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Is China Outsmarting America in A.i.?

Sören Schwertfeger finished his postdoctorate research on autonomous robots in Germany, and seemed set to go to Europe or the United States, where artificial intelligence...

What Self-Driving Cars See
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What Self-Driving Cars See

Giant tech companies are fighting over the technology in court. Start-ups around the world are racing to develop new versions of it. And engineers say it is essential...

Google's Alphago Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win For AI
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Google's Alphago Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win For AI

Google DeepMind's AlphaGo program beat a Chinese world champion in the first of three Go games held this week.

How to Prepare For an Automated Future
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How to Prepare For an Automated Future

We don't know how quickly machines will displace people's jobs, or how many they'll take, but we know it's happening—not just to factory workers but also to ...

Sent to Prison By a Software Program's Secret Algorithms
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Sent to Prison By a Software Program's Secret Algorithms

When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. visited Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last month, he was asked a startling question, one with overtones of science fiction...

Hubert L. Dreyfus, Philosopher of the Limits of Computers, Dies at 87
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Hubert L. Dreyfus, Philosopher of the Limits of Computers, Dies at 87

A philosopher who believed humans will always be smarter.

Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)
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Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)

What if part of your job became teaching a computer everything you know about doing someone's job—perhaps your own?

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway...

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...

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."

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...

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.

Why the Computing Cloud Will Keep Growing and Growing
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Why the Computing Cloud Will Keep Growing and Growing

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, along with a couple of his rivals, may eventually control much of the $1 trillion global market for business computers and software.

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...
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