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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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

That Big Security Fix For Credit Cards Won't Stop Fraud
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That Big Security Fix For Credit Cards Won't Stop Fraud

Tomorrow is the deadline that Visa and MasterCard have set for banks and retailers across the U.S. to roll out a new system for more secure bank cards with microchips...

The Smart Ui Design Behind Apple’s Frictionless 3D Touch
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The Smart Ui Design Behind Apple’s Frictionless 3D Touch

Midway through Apple's demonstration of the new iPhone 6S, Craig Federighi took an emergency selfie.

Facebook's New Spam-Killer Hints at the Future of Coding
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Facebook's New Spam-Killer Hints at the Future of Coding

Louis Brandy pauses before answering, needing some extra time to choose his words.

Something Deep Inside Pluto Is Replenishing Its Atmosphere
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Something Deep Inside Pluto Is Replenishing Its Atmosphere

Pluto has a problem: Its thin, nitrogen atmosphere shouldn't be there.

This Hacker's Tiny Device ­nlocks Cars and Opens Garages
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This Hacker's Tiny Device ­nlocks Cars and Opens Garages

The next time you press your wireless key fob to unlock your car, if you find that it doesn’t beep until the second try, the issue may not be a technical glitch...

Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target
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Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target

Put a computer on a sniper rifle, and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman.

Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone
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Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone

The most sensitive work environments, like nuclear power plants, demand the strictest security.

What We're Really Looking At When We Look at Pluto
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What We're Really Looking At When We Look at Pluto

The images of Pluto that the New Horizons probe beamed across 3 billion miles of hard vacuum are, in a word, breathtaking.
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