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The Hard Math Behind Bitcoin's Global Warming Problem
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The Hard Math Behind Bitcoin's Global Warming Problem

A recent report calculated that the global electricity consumption of bitcoin mining would exceed that of the U.S. by July 2019, and of the entire world by November...

Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality
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Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality

As deep-learning artificial intelligence technologies advance, the "Uncanny Valley"--the unease people feel toward realistic computer-generated humans--is beginning...

Unprecedented Malware Targets Industrial Safety Systems in the Middle East
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Unprecedented Malware Targets Industrial Safety Systems in the Middle East

Since Stuxnet first targeted and destroyed uranium enrichment centrifuges in Iran last decade, the cybersecurity world has waited for the next step in that digital...

It's Super Hard to Find Humans in the Fcc's Net Neutrality Comments
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It's Super Hard to Find Humans in the Fcc's Net Neutrality Comments

The Federal Communications Commissions''public comment period on its plans to repeal net neutrality protections was bombarded with bots, memes, and input from people...

Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence
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Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence

Today, a teaspoon of spit and a hundred bucks is all you need to get a snapshot of your DNA. But getting the full picture—all 3 billion base pairs of your genome—requires...

The Genesis of Kuri, the Friendly Home Robot
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The Genesis of Kuri, the Friendly Home Robot

Over the course  of thousands of years, dogs have evolved alongside humans to be awesome.

Captcha Is Dying. This Is How It's Being Reinvented For the AI Age
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Captcha Is Dying. This Is How It's Being Reinvented For the AI Age

Completely Automated Public Turing Tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAs) appear to be heading toward obsolescence.

It Takes Just $1,000 to Track Someone's Location with Mobile Ads
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It Takes Just $1,000 to Track Someone's Location with Mobile Ads

When you consider the nagging privacy risks of online advertising, you may find comfort in the thought of a vast, abstract company like Pepsi or Nike viewing you...

The Race to Secure Voting Tech Gets an ­rgent Jumpstart
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The Race to Secure Voting Tech Gets an ­rgent Jumpstart

There is an urgent need to secure U.S. voting systems ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, according to a report by the Atlantic Council think tank and hacking...

Wanna Stop Distracted Driving? Make Cars That Watch Their Humans
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Wanna Stop Distracted Driving? Make Cars That Watch Their Humans

Everyone knows that distracted driving is a problem, but it tends to fall in the "other people/not me" category of personal risk assessment among drivers.

Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore
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Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore

Thomas Reardon puts a terrycloth stretch band with microchips and electrodes woven into the fabric—a steampunk version of jewelry—on each of his forearms.   ...

The Astonishing Engineering Behind America's Latest, Greatest Supercomputer
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The Astonishing Engineering Behind America's Latest, Greatest Supercomputer

When the Summit supercomputer opens for business next year, it will be the United States' most powerful supercomputer, and perhaps the most powerful in the world...

For Superpowers, Artificial Intelligence Fuels New Global Arms Race
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For Superpowers, Artificial Intelligence Fuels New Global Arms Race

For many Russian students, the academic year started last Friday with tips on planetary domination from President Vladimir Putin.

Google's New Street View Cameras Will Help Algorithms Index the Real World
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Google's New Street View Cameras Will Help Algorithms Index the Real World

Steve Silverman helped build cameras for two NASA rovers that went to Mars.

What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science
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What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science

Several experts rebut a former Google employee's conceit that innate biological differences underlie female software engineers' underrepresentation in the tech...

The Quest to Perfect the ­niversal Language of Science
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The Quest to Perfect the ­niversal Language of Science

For millennia, humans have turned to the sky to tell time.

Watch Hackers Hijack Three Robots For Spying and Espionage
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Watch Hackers Hijack Three Robots For Spying and Espionage

The entire corpus of science fiction has trained humanity to fear the day when helpful household and industrial robots turn against it, in a Skynet-style uprising...

Google's New AI Learns By Baking Tasty Machine Learning Cookies
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Google's New AI Learns By Baking Tasty Machine Learning Cookies

Google Vizier is an artificial intelligence system that automatically tunes other artificial intelligence programs.

To Fix Voting Machines, Hackers Tear Them Apart
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To Fix Voting Machines, Hackers Tear Them Apart

The toughest thing to convey to newcomers at the DefCon Voting Village in Las Vegas this weekend? Just how far they could go with hacking voting machines set up...

New Nasa Tech Kills Trespassing Drones Without Touching Them
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New Nasa Tech Kills Trespassing Drones Without Touching Them

In the most nightmarish drone scenarios, one of the little whirlybirds flies into an airliner, or wanders into military airspace, or swoops down on the White House...
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