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Apple's Fbi Battle Is Complicated. Here's What's Really Going On
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Apple's Fbi Battle Is Complicated. Here's What's Really Going On

The news this week that a magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooter suspects has polarized the nation—and...

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...

Nsa Hacker Chief Explains How to Keep Him Out of Your System
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Nsa Hacker Chief Explains How to Keep Him Out of Your System

It was the talk most anticipated at this year's inaugural Usenix Enigma security conference in San Francisco and one that even the other speakers were eager to...

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.

The Nfl Is Finally Tapping Into the Power of Data
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The Nfl Is Finally Tapping Into the Power of Data

The NFL may be the most popular and profitable major sport in America, but until recently, it's lagged behind other leagues in sophisticated use of data analysis...

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.

Drone Swarms Will Change the Face of Modern Warfare
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Drone Swarms Will Change the Face of Modern Warfare

Swarms of inexpensive, expendable U.S. Navy robots will leave the laboratory this summer to be tested in the field. 

MIT Researchers Want to Teach Robots How to Wash Dishes
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MIT Researchers Want to Teach Robots How to Wash Dishes

The robots arrived years ago. They help build stuff in factories. They shuttle packages and products across the massive warehouses that drive Amazon’s worldwide...

Science Can Tell If North Korea's Test Was Really an H-Bomb
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Science Can Tell If North Korea's Test Was Really an H-Bomb

It was the whomp felt 'round the world.

Page Views Don't Matter Anymore—but They Just Won't Die
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Page Views Don't Matter Anymore—but They Just Won't Die

The page view is a zombie.

How the Internet of Things Got Hacked
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How the Internet of Things Got Hacked

There was once a time when people distinguished between cyberspace, the digital world of computers and hackers, and the flesh-and-blood reality known as meatspace...

Nobody Knew How Big a Deal the Cloud Would Be—they Do Now
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Nobody Knew How Big a Deal the Cloud Would Be—they Do Now

Ten years ago, Amazon unleashed a technology that we now call, for better or for worse, cloud computing.

The Secret History of World War Ii-Era Drones
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The Secret History of World War Ii-Era Drones

Drones are the hallmark of tech-y modern warfare, but weapons piloted from afar have been around for more than a century.  

Tech Breakthroughs Are Giving Animals the Power to Speak
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Tech Breakthroughs Are Giving Animals the Power to Speak

Scientists are developing new technologies to enhance human-animal communication and interaction. 

For Google, Quantum Computing Is Like Learning to Fly
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For Google, Quantum Computing Is Like Learning to Fly

At a NASA lab in Silicon Valley, Google is testing a quantum computer—a machine based on the seemingly magical principles of quantum mechanics, the physics of things...

Hacker Lexicon: Malvertising, the Hack That Infects Computers Without a Click
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Hacker Lexicon: Malvertising, the Hack That Infects Computers Without a Click

Malvertising is when hackers buy ad space on a legitimate website, and, as the name suggests, upload malicious advertisements designed to hack site visitor’s computers...
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