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Robots, Hungry for Power, Are Too Weak to Take Over the World
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Robots, Hungry for Power, Are Too Weak to Take Over the World

Today's robots may just be too hungry and unfit to take over the world any time soon.

Does Artificial Intelligence Pose a Threat?
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Does Artificial Intelligence Pose a Threat?

After decades as a sci-fi staple, artificial intelligence has leapt into the mainstream.

At the Heart of Facebook's Artificial Intelligence, Human Emotions
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At the Heart of Facebook's Artificial Intelligence, Human Emotions

Facebook Inc. doesn't yet have an intelligent assistant, like the iPhone's Siri.

Ancient Dna Tells a New Human Story
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Ancient Dna Tells a New Human Story

Imagine what it must have been like to look through the first telescopes or the first microscopes, or to see the bottom of the sea as clearly as if the water were...

Robots May Look Like Job-Killers, But It's Hard to See in the Numbers
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Robots May Look Like Job-Killers, But It's Hard to See in the Numbers

Robots are goosing the productivity of the world's factories, but does that mean fewer jobs for humans?

Brace Yourself: Microsoft Wants to Guess How Old You Are
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Brace Yourself: Microsoft Wants to Guess How Old You Are

Like a distant relative who makes you feel bad at the annual holiday get together, Microsoft has created a website that analyzes a photo of a person's face and...

IBM Brings Quantum Computing a Step Closer
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IBM Brings Quantum Computing a Step Closer

Researchers at IBM have stitched together a prototype circuit that could become the basis of quantum computers a decade hence.

Why Coding Is Your Child's Key to ­nlocking the Future
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Why Coding Is Your Child's Key to ­nlocking the Future

An increasing number of educators and activists are pushing to make programming a part of all children's basic education. 

In Nato Cyber Wargame, Berlya Fends Off Arch-Enemy Crimsonia
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In Nato Cyber Wargame, Berlya Fends Off Arch-Enemy Crimsonia

Somewhere near Iceland, a new NATO member, Berlya is under cyber-attack, most likely launched from its arch-rival Crimsonia, although the Berlyans can’t be completely...

Should Law Enforcement Have the Ability to Access Encrypted Communications?
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Should Law Enforcement Have the Ability to Access Encrypted Communications?

People's distress over the privacy of their communications has never been more acute. Whether the fear is over U.S. surveillance or breaches by hackers of unknown...

Security Professionals Stymied By Outdated Visualization Tools
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Security Professionals Stymied By Outdated Visualization Tools

Earlier this year, the film Blackhat got high marks for realistic scenes in which hackers and information security specialists work at their computers to hunt down...

How Factory Workers Learned to Love Their Robot Colleagues
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How Factory Workers Learned to Love Their Robot Colleagues

Workers at a Navistar truck plant in Ohio weren't eager to make friends when a new colleague showed up on the factory floor nearly 40 years ago.

'space Lawyers' Help Startups Navigate the Final Legal Frontier
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'space Lawyers' Help Startups Navigate the Final Legal Frontier

When Sagi Kfir meets people and tells them he is a "space attorney," they usually think he has a strange way of saying he is in real estate.

Will Smart Machines Make ­S Stupid? AI Experts Weigh In
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Will Smart Machines Make ­S Stupid? AI Experts Weigh In

Society stands at a crossroads of artificial intelligence: We can design computers that sharpen our wits or we can let our machines turn us into ignoramuses.

Germany Moves Away From ­.s.-Dominated Iot Standards Groups
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Germany Moves Away From ­.s.-Dominated Iot Standards Groups

Germany's main telco, tech and manufacturing companies have formed an alliance to make sure that when devices do start speaking to each other over the Internet...

Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses' Web Addresses
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Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses' Web Addresses

Cybercriminals targeting businesses are stealing more than customer passwords and credit-card numbers these days.

Chip Makers Push New Senses For Smartphones–mobile World
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Chip Makers Push New Senses For Smartphones–mobile World

Smartphones are about to get smarter, chip makers say, exploiting technologies that recognize people, objects and sounds to boost security and take helpful actions...

Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots
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Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots

Robots are becoming more of a reality in everyday life, and movies have started to overhaul their depiction of them. They're gentler, friendlier, and often better...

White House Names Nation's First Chief Data Scientist
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White House Names Nation's First Chief Data Scientist

Taking a page from Silicon Valley's playbook, the White House said on Wednesday it had appointed the nation's first chief data scientist.

Apple Gears ­p to Challenge Tesla in Electronic Cars
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Apple Gears ­p to Challenge Tesla in Electronic Cars

Apple reportedly has several hundred of its employees working on a project to create a new Apple-branded electric vehicle. 
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