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MIT Researchers Want to Teach Robots How to Wash Dishes
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MIT Researchers Want to Teach Robots How to Wash Dishes

The robots arrived years ago. They help build stuff in factories. They shuttle packages and products across the massive warehouses that drive Amazon’s worldwide...

Science Can Tell If North Korea's Test Was Really an H-Bomb
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Science Can Tell If North Korea's Test Was Really an H-Bomb

It was the whomp felt 'round the world.

Page Views Don't Matter Anymore—but They Just Won't Die
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Page Views Don't Matter Anymore—but They Just Won't Die

The page view is a zombie.

How the Internet of Things Got Hacked
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How the Internet of Things Got Hacked

There was once a time when people distinguished between cyberspace, the digital world of computers and hackers, and the flesh-and-blood reality known as meatspace...

Nobody Knew How Big a Deal the Cloud Would Be—they Do Now
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Nobody Knew How Big a Deal the Cloud Would Be—they Do Now

Ten years ago, Amazon unleashed a technology that we now call, for better or for worse, cloud computing.

The Secret History of World War Ii-Era Drones
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The Secret History of World War Ii-Era Drones

Drones are the hallmark of tech-y modern warfare, but weapons piloted from afar have been around for more than a century.  

Tech Breakthroughs Are Giving Animals the Power to Speak
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Tech Breakthroughs Are Giving Animals the Power to Speak

Scientists are developing new technologies to enhance human-animal communication and interaction. 

For Google, Quantum Computing Is Like Learning to Fly
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For Google, Quantum Computing Is Like Learning to Fly

At a NASA lab in Silicon Valley, Google is testing a quantum computer—a machine based on the seemingly magical principles of quantum mechanics, the physics of things...

Hacker Lexicon: Malvertising, the Hack That Infects Computers Without a Click
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Hacker Lexicon: Malvertising, the Hack That Infects Computers Without a Click

Malvertising is when hackers buy ad space on a legitimate website, and, as the name suggests, upload malicious advertisements designed to hack site visitor’s computers...

Crispr Gene-Editing Gets Rules. Well, Guidelines, Really
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Crispr Gene-Editing Gets Rules. Well, Guidelines, Really

If you're hoping to engineer perfect babies, you're going to have to wait.

Google and Facebook Race to Solve the Ancient Game of Go With AI
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Google and Facebook Race to Solve the Ancient Game of Go With AI

Although software designed to play standard board games can now dominate even the best human players, the ancient game of Go has proven a much trickier challenge...

Teaching AI to Play Atari Will Help Robots Make Sense of Our World
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Teaching AI to Play Atari Will Help Robots Make Sense of Our World

Google is teaching machines to play Atari games like Space Invaders, Video Pinball, andBreakout. And they're getting pretty good.  

Medical Devices That Are Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Hacks
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Medical Devices That Are Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Hacks

When you think about the Internet of Things, you probably think of smart refrigerators and smart electric meters, not smart pacemakers, insulin pumps, and x-ray...

Apple's Swift Ios Programming Language Could Soon Be in Data Centers
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Apple's Swift Ios Programming Language Could Soon Be in Data Centers

Apple created the new Swift programming language as a better way of building apps for the iPhone, and it was a welcomed thing.

Isis' Opsec Manual Reveals How It Handles Cybersecurity
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Isis' Opsec Manual Reveals How It Handles Cybersecurity

In the wake of the Paris attacks, US government officials have been vocal in their condemnation of encryption, suggesting that US companies like Apple and Google...

Court Says Tracking Web Histories Can Violate Wiretap Act
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Court Says Tracking Web Histories Can Violate Wiretap Act

Federal courts have long given the government leeway to surveil and collect so-called "non-content" data—records of the senders and recipients of calls and emails...

Baidu, the 'chinese Google,' Is Teaching AI to Spot Malware
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Baidu, the 'chinese Google,' Is Teaching AI to Spot Malware

Andrew Ng picks up his iPhone and opens an app called FaceYou.

Google Just Open Sourced Tensorflow, Its Artificial Intelligence Engine
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Google Just Open Sourced Tensorflow, Its Artificial Intelligence Engine

Tech pundit Tim O'Reilly had just tried the new Google Photos app, and he was amazed by the depth of its artificial intelligence.

How NASA Is Steering New Horizons Toward a Tiny Space Rock in the Kuiper Belt
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How NASA Is Steering New Horizons Toward a Tiny Space Rock in the Kuiper Belt

As Pluto disappears into New Horizons' rear view mirror, the little space probe that could is veering towards its next target in the Kuiper belt.

Facebook Aims Its AI at the Game No Computer Can Crack
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Facebook Aims Its AI at the Game No Computer Can Crack

In the mid-'90s, a computer program called Chinook beat the world's top player at the game of checkers.
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