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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.

Tor Just Launched the Easiest App Yet For Anonymous, Encrypted Im
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Tor Just Launched the Easiest App Yet For Anonymous, Encrypted Im

The anonymity network Tor has long been the paranoid standard for privacy online, and the Tor Browser that runs on it remains the best way to use the web while...

Facebook's AI Can Caption Photos For the Blind on Its Own
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Facebook's AI Can Caption Photos For the Blind on Its Own

Facebook's Accessibility Team says it is developing an artificial intelligence tool to automatically describe photos posted on the social network to blind users...

Behind the Scenes of the Internet's First Football Game
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Behind the Scenes of the Internet's First Football Game

At 5:05 AM Sunday, long before the rest of Sunnyvale, California, will wake up, Yahoo's control room is packed.

You Wouldn't Think It, But Typeface Piracy Is a Big Problem
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You Wouldn't Think It, But Typeface Piracy Is a Big Problem

It's safe to assume that most people have no idea that fonts, like music or movies, are protected by intellectual property laws, they usually come with a hefty...

X-Ray Scans Expose an Ingenious Chip-and-Pin Card Hack
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X-Ray Scans Expose an Ingenious Chip-and-Pin Card Hack

The chip-enabled credit card system long used in Europe, a watered down version of which is rolling out for the first time in America, is meant to create a double...

Hackers Can Silently Control Siri From 16 Feet Away
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Hackers Can Silently Control Siri From 16 Feet Away

Siri may be your personal assistant. But your voice is not the only one she listens to.

Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—and Invented Software Itself
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Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—and Invented Software Itself

Margaret Hamilton wasn't supposed to invent the modern concept of software and land men on the moon.

Cops Don't Need a Crypto Backdoor to Get Into Your Iphone
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Cops Don't Need a Crypto Backdoor to Get Into Your Iphone

Late last week, the privacy community scored a victory in a year-long battle over the future of encryption: In internal discussions, the White House quietly overruled...

The Battle Over Genome Editing Gets Science All Wrong
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The Battle Over Genome Editing Gets Science All Wrong

Nobel Prize speculation, gossip, and betting pools kick off every fall around the time Thomson Reuters releases its predictions for science's most prestigious prize...

How a Single Car Could Spread Malware to Thousands More
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How a Single Car Could Spread Malware to Thousands More

Over the last summer, the security research community has proven like never before that cars are vulnerable to hackers—via cellular Internet connections, intercepted...
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