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Clever Tool Shields Your Car From Hacks By Watching Its Internal Clocks
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Clever Tool Shields Your Car From Hacks By Watching Its Internal Clocks

Car-hacking demonstrations tend to get all the glory in the security research community—remotely paralyzing a Jeep on the highway or cutting a Corvette’s brakes...

Artificial Intelligence Is Setting ­p the Internet For a Huge Clash With Europe
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Artificial Intelligence Is Setting ­p the Internet For a Huge Clash With Europe

Neural networks are changing the Internet.

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...

Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law
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Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law

In the age of big data analytics, the proprietary algorithms web sites use to determine what data to display to visitors have the potential to illegally discriminate...

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. 

This 'demonically Clever' Backdoor Hides In a Tiny Slice of a Computer Chip
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This 'demonically Clever' Backdoor Hides In a Tiny Slice of a Computer Chip

Security flaws in software can be tough to find. Purposefully planted ones—hidden backdoors created by spies or saboteurs—are often even stealthier.

The Algorithm That Can Predict When a Tsunami Will Strike
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The Algorithm That Can Predict When a Tsunami Will Strike

Australian National University researchers have developed an algorithm that can recreate the movements of a typical tsunami to determine its threat level.

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. 

Stingrays, the Spy Tool the Government Tried, and Failed, to Hide
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Stingrays, the Spy Tool the Government Tried, and Failed, to Hide

Stingrays, a secretive law enforcement surveillance tool, are one of the most controversial technologies in the government’s spy kit.

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 Critical Hole at the Heart of Our Cell Phone Networks
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The Critical Hole at the Heart of Our Cell Phone Networks

In February 2014, the US ambassador to Ukraine suffered an embarrassing leak.

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.
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