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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.

Why Our Crazy-Smart AI Still Sucks at Transcribing Speech
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Why Our Crazy-Smart AI Still Sucks at Transcribing Speech

The task of providing accurate transcriptions of long blocks of human conversation remains beyond the abilities of even today's most advanced software. 

IBM Wants to Implant Fake Brains in Real Brains to Prevent Seizures
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IBM Wants to Implant Fake Brains in Real Brains to Prevent Seizures

Talk about neural networking.

The Apple-Fbi Battle Is Over, But the New Crypto Wars Have Just Begun
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The Apple-Fbi Battle Is Over, But the New Crypto Wars Have Just Begun

Apple's standoff with the FBI unfolded over the course of several weeks, but ended in a matter of days.

It's Your Fault Microsoft's Teen AI Turned Into Such a Jerk
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It's Your Fault Microsoft's Teen AI Turned Into Such a Jerk

Microsoft unveiled a new online chatbot on Twitter but took it offline the same day because Twitter users coaxed it into regurgitating offensive language.

A Computer With a Great Eye Is About to Transform Botany
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A Computer With a Great Eye Is About to Transform Botany

My dad is a wildlife biologist, and during road trips we took when I was growing up he spent a lot of time talking about the grasses and trees along the highway...

­tah's Online Caucus Gives Security Experts Heart Attacks
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­tah's Online Caucus Gives Security Experts Heart Attacks

Security researchers pretty much uniformly agree that letting people vote online is a very bad idea, one that is fraught with risks and vulnerabilities that could...

How Google's AI Viewed the Move No Human Could ­nderstand
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How Google's AI Viewed the Move No Human Could ­nderstand

The move didn't make sense to the humans packed into the sixth floor of Seoul's Four Seasons hotel. But the Google machine saw it quite differently.

Inside the Cunning, Unprecedented Hack of Ukraine's Power Grid
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Inside the Cunning, Unprecedented Hack of Ukraine's Power Grid

It was 3:30 p.m. last December 23, and residents of the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Western Ukraine were preparing to end their workday and head home through the...

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...

If You Go Near the Super Bowl, You Will Be Surveilled Hard
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If You Go Near the Super Bowl, You Will Be Surveilled Hard

Super Bowl 50 will be big in every way.

How to Make Your Own Nsa Bulk Surveillance System
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How to Make Your Own Nsa Bulk Surveillance System

A network surveillance and security issues expert built a miniature bulk surveillance system like the one used by the U.S. National Security Agency.

To Make AI More Human, Teach It to Chitchat
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To Make AI More Human, Teach It to Chitchat

The future of artificial intelligence and its acceptance by people may lie in giving it the ability to master small talk, as embodied by Microsoft's XiaoIce chatbot...

Football Coaches Are Turning to AI For Help Calling Plays
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Football Coaches Are Turning to AI For Help Calling Plays

In 1996, IBM'S Deep Blue became the first supercomputer to defeat a chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, in a game.

Scientists Capture Crispr's Gene-Cutting in Action
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Scientists Capture Crispr's Gene-Cutting in Action

For all the furious hype around the gene-editing tool Crispr/Cas9, no one has ever really seen it in action. Like really seen it.

Microsoft Neural Net Shows Deep Learning Can Get Way Deeper
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Microsoft Neural Net Shows Deep Learning Can Get Way Deeper

A Microsoft researcher team won the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge in December with a new approach to deep learning. 

An Easy Way For Hackers to Remotely Burn Industrial Motors
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An Easy Way For Hackers to Remotely Burn Industrial Motors

Hacks that cause physical destruction are so rare they can be counted on one hand.
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