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Google Tests New Crypto in Chrome to Fend Off Quantum Attacks
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Google Tests New Crypto in Chrome to Fend Off Quantum Attacks

For anyone who cares about Internet security and encryption, the advent of practical quantum computing looms like the Y2K bug in the 1990s: a countdown to an unpredictable...

Clever Attack ­ses the Sound of a Computer's Fan to Steal Data
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Clever Attack ­ses the Sound of a Computer's Fan to Steal Data

In the past two years a group of researchers in Israel has become highly adept at stealing data from air-gapped computers—those machines prized by hackers that,...

China's New Supercomputer Puts the ­S Even Further Behind
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China's New Supercomputer Puts the ­S Even Further Behind

This week, China's Sunway TaihuLight officially became the fastest supercomputer in the world. The previous champ? Also from China.

The Quest to Make Code Work Like Biology Just Took A Big Step
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The Quest to Make Code Work Like Biology Just Took A Big Step

In the early 1970s, at Silicon Valley's Xerox PARC, Alan Kay envisioned computer software as something akin to a biological system, a vast collection of small cells...

Self-Driving Cars Will Teach Themselves to Save Lives—but Also Take Them
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Self-Driving Cars Will Teach Themselves to Save Lives—but Also Take Them

If you follow the ongoing creation of self-driving cars, then you probably know about the classic thought experiment called the Trolley Problem.

Parking a Truck Is a Pain in the Butt. Tech to the Rescue!
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Parking a Truck Is a Pain in the Butt. Tech to the Rescue!

University of Minnesota researchers are developing a system that monitors parking lots and provides a real-time count of spaces for truck drivers.

Google's Training Its AI to Be Android's Security Guard
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Google's Training Its AI to Be Android's Security Guard

Google's Adrian Ludwig says computer security should manage risk so it can  learn to spot potential vulnerabilities on the fly using deep neural networks. 

A Car's Computer Can 'fingerprint' You in Minutes Based on How You Drive
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A Car's Computer Can 'fingerprint' You in Minutes Based on How You Drive

Data collected from a car's internal computer network, or its CAN bus, can identify its driver based on driving style, a new study has found. 

The White House Is Finally Prepping For an AI-Powered Future
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The White House Is Finally Prepping For an AI-Powered Future

The White House is adamant the government must determine how to regulate and utilize artificial intelligence technology before it gets out of control. 

Soon We Won't Program Computers. We'll Train Them Like Dogs
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Soon We Won't Program Computers. We'll Train Them Like Dogs

Before the invention of the computer, most experimental psychologists thought the brain was an unknowable black box.

Ibm's Watson Has a New Project: Fighting Cybercrime
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Ibm's Watson Has a New Project: Fighting Cybercrime

IBM's Watson supercomputer hardly needs any more resumé-padding. It’s already wonJeopardy, written a cookbook, and dabbled in revolutionizing healthcare. 

Building AI Is Hard--So Facebook Is Building AI That Builds AI
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Building AI Is Hard--So Facebook Is Building AI That Builds AI

Facebook is building artificial intelligence algorithms that can help build AI algorithms by automating much of the trial and error that goes into their testing...

Building AI Is Hard‹so Facebook Is Building AI That Builds AI
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Building AI Is Hard‹so Facebook Is Building AI That Builds AI

Deep neural networks are remaking the Internet. Able to learn very human tasks by analyzing vast amounts of digital data, these artificially intelligent systems...

The Average Webpage Is Now the Size of the Original Doom
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The Average Webpage Is Now the Size of the Original Doom

The web is Doomed.

New Maps Make Aftershocks Look Scarier Than the Main Quake
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New Maps Make Aftershocks Look Scarier Than the Main Quake

Aftershocks continue shaking the cities of Kumamoto, Japan and Muisne, Ecuador, almost a week after earthquakes rocked the two cities, frightening residents still...

Root Is a Little Robot on a Mission to Teach Kids to Code
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Root Is a Little Robot on a Mission to Teach Kids to Code

Researchers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute say their robot is ready to teach both kids and adults how to code. 

Mit's Teaching AI How to Help Stop Cyberattacks
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Mit's Teaching AI How to Help Stop Cyberattacks

Finding evidence that someone compromised your cyber defenses is a grind.

You Want to Build an Empire Like Google's? This Is Your Os
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You Want to Build an Empire Like Google's? This Is Your Os

Google called it Borg, and for many years, it was among the company's best-kept secrets.

Researchers Crack Microsoft and Google's Shortened ­rls to Spy on People
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Researchers Crack Microsoft and Google's Shortened ­rls to Spy on People

Cornell Tech researchers have shown brute-force attacks against shortened uniform resource locators can enable hackers to spread malware on victims' computers.

How Microsoft Conjured ­p Real-Life Star Wars Holograms
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How Microsoft Conjured ­p Real-Life Star Wars Holograms

In holoportation, a live hologram of a person is projected into another room for real-time interaction with whomever is present.
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