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The A.i. Anxiety
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The A.i. Anxiety

The world’s spookiest philosopher is Nick Bostrom, a thin, soft-spoken Swede.

Tech Companies Are Slamming a Proposed ­k Terrorism Law. Here's Why.
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Tech Companies Are Slamming a Proposed ­k Terrorism Law. Here's Why.

The world's biggest tech firms—including Apple, Microsoft, and Yahoo—are pressing for changes to a proposed British law aimed at expanding the government's electronic...

5 Amazing and Alarming Things That May Be Done with Your Dna
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5 Amazing and Alarming Things That May Be Done with Your Dna

"You're a male, you're 34-years-old and your 5-foot-10 1/2 inches tall." That's a prediction that Craig Venter, long a pioneer on the frontier of genomics, offered...

The Nsa School: How the Intelligence Community Gets Smarter, Secretly
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The Nsa School: How the Intelligence Community Gets Smarter, Secretly

Leonard Reinsfelder's wife found a note on her car as she was leaving a shopping center one day: "Have your husband give us a call. We think we could use him."

Net of Insecurity: The Kernel of the Argument
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Net of Insecurity: The Kernel of the Argument

The Linux operating system has come to dominate the online world, but critics increasingly warn of security weaknesses that should have been corrected long ago. ...

The Significance of an MIT Drone Weaving Around Tree Branches at 30 Mph
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The Significance of an MIT Drone Weaving Around Tree Branches at 30 Mph

To get his Ph.D., MIT grad student Andy Barry packed up a car with a drone and a catapult to launch it. Then he headed west.

Everything You Need to Know About the Vast ­ndersea Network that Makes the Internet Work
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Everything You Need to Know About the Vast ­ndersea Network that Makes the Internet Work

Russians submarines and spy ships are "ggressively operating" near the undersea cables that are the backbone of the global Internet—worrying some U.S. intelligence...

With Court Order, Federal Judge Seeks to Fuel Debate About Data Encryption
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With Court Order, Federal Judge Seeks to Fuel Debate About Data Encryption

A federal judge in New York is seeking to expand to the courts the hot debate over whether tech companies should be forced to find ways to unlock encrypted smartphones...

How Google's Self-Driving Cars May Handle the Toughest Situations
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How Google's Self-Driving Cars May Handle the Toughest Situations

Left-hand turns are one of the tougher things drivers have to do.

This Algorithm Can Create a New Van Gogh or Picasso in Just an Hour
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This Algorithm Can Create a New Van Gogh or Picasso in Just an Hour

German researchers have outlined a method of using deep learning to turn regular photographs into images in the style of great painters. 

­.S. Developing Sanctions Against China Over Cyberthefts
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­.S. Developing Sanctions Against China Over Cyberthefts

The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government's...

Why the Ftc Is Showing ­p at Hackers' Biggest Conferences
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Why the Ftc Is Showing ­p at Hackers' Biggest Conferences

The Federal Trade Commission, the de facto federal watchdog for consumers' privacy and data security, knows it needs help.

Inside the Fake Town in Michigan Where Self-Driving Cars Are Being Tested
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Inside the Fake Town in Michigan Where Self-Driving Cars Are Being Tested

Later this year a Michigan pedestrian named Sebastian will spend his days throwing himself in the path of speeding cars.

June Will End with a Rare 61-Second Minute
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June Will End with a Rare 61-Second Minute

We'll need to wait for July just a shade longer, as the world's timekeepers have added a leap second June 30—to officially keep Earth and our precise, atomic clocks...

Facial Recognition Technology Is Everywhere. It May Not Be Legal.
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Facial Recognition Technology Is Everywhere. It May Not Be Legal.

Being anonymous in public might be a thing of the past.

How the Country's Top Privacy Cop Is Trying to Protect Consumers in the Digital Age
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How the Country's Top Privacy Cop Is Trying to Protect Consumers in the Digital Age

As the digital economy has exploded, tech companies are collecting untold amounts of data on everyday Americans.

The Long Life of a Quick 'fix'
From ACM News

The Long Life of a Quick 'fix'

By the time a pair of engineers sat down for lunch together in Austin, the Internet's growing pains had become dire.

The House Just Passed a Bill About Space Mining
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The House Just Passed a Bill About Space Mining

For as long as we've existed, humans have looked up at the stars—and wondered.

The Void's Creator Details His Vision For ­nleashing Virtual Reality's Full Potential
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The Void's Creator Details His Vision For ­nleashing Virtual Reality's Full Potential

In a 60-by-60-foot room in Salt Lake City, Ken Bretschneider is taking virtual reality experiences to another level.

As Encryption Spreads, U.s. Grapples with Clash Between Privacy, Security
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As Encryption Spreads, U.s. Grapples with Clash Between Privacy, Security

For months, federal law enforcement agencies and industry have been deadlocked on a highly contentious issue: Should tech companies be obliged to guarantee government...
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