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Google's Eric Schmidt Downplays Fears Over Artificial Intelligence
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Google's Eric Schmidt Downplays Fears Over Artificial Intelligence

Arguably the most alarming part of concerns over artificial intelligence's potential to end human civilization is the voices that are speaking out.

Could Ibm's Brain-Inspired Chip Change the Way Computers Are Built?
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Could Ibm's Brain-Inspired Chip Change the Way Computers Are Built?

A team from IBM last week traveled to Washington, D.C., to demonstrate new computer chips inspired by the structure of the brain. 

What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph
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What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph

Freeman Dyson, 91, the famed physicist, author and oracle of human destiny, is holding forth after tea-time one February afternoon in the common room of the Institute...

What Watson Has Been Up To Since “jeopardy!”
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What Watson Has Been Up To Since “jeopardy!”

Remember Watson, the computer that won "Jeopardy!" in 2011 and made us all worry about the impending obsolescence of the human race?

Senator: Your Futuristic Car Is Putting Your Privacy and Security At Risk
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Senator: Your Futuristic Car Is Putting Your Privacy and Security At Risk

Cars these days have more in common with smart phones than the Model-T. But a new reportfrom Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) warns that the increasing technical complexity...

Associated Press Looks to Expand Its Automated Stories Program Following Successful Launch
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Associated Press Looks to Expand Its Automated Stories Program Following Successful Launch

In the last three months of 2014, the Associated Press published 3,000 articles on the earning reports of U.S. companies. Previously it could publish only 300.

America's Best-Selling Cars and Trucks Are Built on Lies: The Rise of Fake Engine Noise
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America's Best-Selling Cars and Trucks Are Built on Lies: The Rise of Fake Engine Noise

Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble—the same style of roar that Americans have associated with auto power and...

Robots Are Sneaking ­p On Congress (along with Four Other Tech Trends)
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Robots Are Sneaking ­p On Congress (along with Four Other Tech Trends)

One of the best Twitter accounts inside the Beltway or out—belongs to former representativeJohn Dingell (D-Mich.), who announced his retirement with self-effacing...

Brainstormers: Obama's Big Research Push Kicks Off With a Meeting of the Minds
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Brainstormers: Obama's Big Research Push Kicks Off With a Meeting of the Minds

The motley group included men and women, old and young, in sweatshirts and three-piece suits, shod in socks and sandals, wingtips and heels.

A Q&a With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network
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A Q&a With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network

Lizard Squad. That's the hacker group whose name is suddenly on everyone's lips after it took credit for ruining Christmas for PlayStation and Xbox gamers everywhere...

Verizon, At&t Tracking Their Users with 'supercookies'
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Verizon, At&t Tracking Their Users with 'supercookies'

Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed "supercookies"—markers...

So You Want to Hack Apple Pay?
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So You Want to Hack Apple Pay?

A decade ago, a group of Johns Hopkins University grad students tried to hack one of the first commercially popular Near Field Communication payment systems—the...

For Sale: Systems that Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone ­sers Go Around the Globe
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For Sale: Systems that Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone ­sers Go Around the Globe

Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they...

Why One of Cybersecurity's Thought Leaders ­ses a Pager Instead of a Smart Phone
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Why One of Cybersecurity's Thought Leaders ­ses a Pager Instead of a Smart Phone

In the computer and network security industry, few people are as well known as Dan Geer.

Submarines for Saturn, Comet Hitchhikers, Asteroid Wranglers and Other Space Fantasies
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Submarines for Saturn, Comet Hitchhikers, Asteroid Wranglers and Other Space Fantasies

If you thought Elon Musk was the only person coming up with innovative ideas for the exploration of outer space, you'd be wrong.

Brokers ­se 'billions' of Data Points to Profile Americans
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Brokers ­se 'billions' of Data Points to Profile Americans

Are you a financially strapped working mother who smokes?

Research in India Suggests Google Search Results Can Influence an Election
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Research in India Suggests Google Search Results Can Influence an Election

Google long ago went from being a mere directory of the Internet to a shaper of online reality, helping determine what we see and how.

Low-Level Federal Judges Balking at Law Enforcement Requests For Electronic Evidence
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Low-Level Federal Judges Balking at Law Enforcement Requests For Electronic Evidence

Judges at the lowest levels of the federal judiciary are balking at sweeping requests by law enforcement officials for cellphone and other sensitive personal data...

A Veteran Programmer Explains How the Stock Market Became "Rigged"
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A Veteran Programmer Explains How the Stock Market Became "Rigged"

A small group of financial firms are using their technological superiority to skim the top off the market, Michael Lewis claims in his new book "Flash Boys."

In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits the Question of Software Patents
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In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits the Question of Software Patents

If you write a book or a song, you can get copyright protection for it. If you invent a pill or a better mousetrap, you can patent it.
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