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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.

Two Tips to Keep Your Phone's Encrypted Messages Encrypted
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Two Tips to Keep Your Phone's Encrypted Messages Encrypted

End-to-end encryption by default is quickly becoming the new standard for any communications app that claims to care about the privacy of those who use it.

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...

Hyper Vision
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Hyper Vision

There is something special happening in a generic office park in an uninspiring suburb near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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.

A Scheme to Encrypt the Entire Web Is Actually Working
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A Scheme to Encrypt the Entire Web Is Actually Working

Apple's move to encrypt your iPhone and WhatsApp's rollout of end-to-end encrypted messaging have generated plenty of privacy applause and law enforcement controversy...

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. 
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