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The Best AI Still Flunks 8th Grade Science
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The Best AI Still Flunks 8th Grade Science

In 2012, IBM Watson went to medical school. So said The New York Times, announcing that the tech giant’s artificially intelligent question-and-answer machine had...

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.

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.

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...

Google Is 2 Billion Lines of Code—and It's All in One Place
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Google Is 2 Billion Lines of Code—and It's All in One Place

How big is Google? We can answer that question in terms of revenue or stock price or customers or, well, metaphysical influence.

Facebook's New AI Can Paint, But Google's Knows How to Party
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Facebook's New AI Can Paint, But Google's Knows How to Party

Facebook and Google are building enormous neural networks—artificial brains—that can instantly recognize faces, cars, buildings, and other objects in digital photos...

Google's Search ­pdated Will Remake the Web in Its Own Image
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Google's Search ­pdated Will Remake the Web in Its Own Image

Some people are calling it Mobilegeddon.

Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet
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Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet

Jason Mars built his own Siri and then he gave it away.

DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web
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DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web

Memex is a search engine under development that is being designed to access the Dark Web to help law enforcement track illegal activity. 

DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web
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DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web

A new search engine being developed by Darpa aims to shine a light on the dark web and uncover patterns and relationships in online data to help law enforcement...

Meet the Puzzle Mastermind Who Designs Def Con's Hackable Badges
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Meet the Puzzle Mastermind Who Designs Def Con's Hackable Badges

Def Con is one of the world's biggest hacker conventions, an annual gathering of security experts, cryptographers and at least a few people who could surreptitiously...

Inside the Artificial Brain That's Remaking the Google Empire
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Inside the Artificial Brain That's Remaking the Google Empire

It was one of the most tedious jobs on the Internet. A team of Googlers would spend day after day staring at computer screens, scrutinizing tiny snippets of street...

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will

Washington DC-area residents with a hankering for lion meat lost a valuable source of the (yes, legal) delicacy last year when a restaurant called the Serbian Crown...

Machines Finally Match Monkeys in Key Image-Recognition Test
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Machines Finally Match Monkeys in Key Image-Recognition Test

There are so many ways that humans are still superior to machines.

Google ­ses Artificial Brains to Teach Its Data Centers How to Behave
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Google ­ses Artificial Brains to Teach Its Data Centers How to Behave

At Google, artificial intelligence isn't just a means of building cars that drive on their own, smartphone services that respond to the spoken word, and online...

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's Future, From Virtual Reality to Anonymity
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Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's Future, From Virtual Reality to Anonymity

No one ever accused Mark Zuckerberg of standing pat.

Hypnotic Art Shows How Patterns Emerge From Randomness in Nature
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Hypnotic Art Shows How Patterns Emerge From Randomness in Nature

British mathematician Alan Turing is perhaps best known for the Turing test, which determines if a computer can be considered intelligent based on whether it can...

How Vintage Tech Helped ­S Track the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
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How Vintage Tech Helped ­S Track the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

The saga of MH370, the Malaysian Airlines flight missing for more than two weeks, seems to be entering its final chapter.

This Underwater Microphone Could Find the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
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This Underwater Microphone Could Find the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Authorities are all but certain Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down in the south Indian Ocean in water that may be as deep as 23,000 feet.
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