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Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—with Me in It
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Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—with Me in It

I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold.

The Tools Inspectors Can Use to Catch Iran's Nuclear Hijinks
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The Tools Inspectors Can Use to Catch Iran's Nuclear Hijinks

After Tuesday's historic agreement between Iran and the "P5+1" group of countries, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will have access to all...

Manhattan Da: Iphone Crypto Locked Out Cops 74 Time
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Manhattan Da: Iphone Crypto Locked Out Cops 74 Time

The debate over encryption and backdoors for law enforcement has long had a surplus of opinions and a deficit of data.

Leap Motion's Augmented-Reality Computing Looks Stupid Cool
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Leap Motion's Augmented-Reality Computing Looks Stupid Cool

We have a habit of filling new technologies with old ideas.

Mit’s Bitcoin-Inspired 'enigma' Lets Computers Mine Encrypted Data
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Mit’s Bitcoin-Inspired 'enigma' Lets Computers Mine Encrypted Data

The cryptography behind bitcoin solved a paradoxical problem: a currency with no regulator, that nonetheless can't be counterfeited.

Watch: Black Hole Sim Whips Dark Matter Into a Frenzy
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Watch: Black Hole Sim Whips Dark Matter Into a Frenzy

Dark matter is to astrophysicists what sex is to kids in junior high school: Everybody is really interested, but nobody really knows what it looks like.

Ai's Next Frontier: Machines That ­nderstand Language
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Ai's Next Frontier: Machines That ­nderstand Language

With the help of neural networks—vast networks of machines that mimic the web of neurons in the human brain—Facebook can recognize your face.

Facebook's New AI Can Paint, But Google's Knows How to Party
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Facebook's New AI Can Paint, But Google's Knows How to Party

Facebook and Google are building enormous neural networks—artificial brains—that can instantly recognize faces, cars, buildings, and other objects in digital photos...

Revealed: The Secret Gear Connecting Google's Online Empire
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Revealed: The Secret Gear Connecting Google's Online Empire

Three-and-a-half years ago, a strange computing device appeared at an office building in the tiny farmland town of Shelby, Iowa.

Beautiful, Intriguing, and Illegal Ways to Map the Internet
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Beautiful, Intriguing, and Illegal Ways to Map the Internet

When you hear the word "Internet," what do you picture in your mind?

Can Google Fix Gesture Tech with Tiny, All-Knowing Sensors?
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Can Google Fix Gesture Tech with Tiny, All-Knowing Sensors?

Ivan Poupyrev looks like he's playing the world's smallest violin.

'deep Learning' Will Soon Give ­S Super-Smart Robots
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'deep Learning' Will Soon Give ­S Super-Smart Robots

Yann LeCun is among those bringing a new level of artificial intelligence to popular internet services from the likes of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.

Mit's Humanoid Robot Goes to Robot Boot Camp
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Mit's Humanoid Robot Goes to Robot Boot Camp

As Russ Tedrake flings up the garage door to the dusty MIT lab, light whooshes in, revealing a 360-pound humanoid robot hanging from a rope.

Humans Out-Play an AI at Texas Hold 'em—for Now
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Humans Out-Play an AI at Texas Hold 'em—for Now

In 1997 chess master Gary Kasparov went to battle against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in a landmark match. After six games Deep Blue prevailed, marking the...

Feds Say That Banned Researcher Commandeered a Plane
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Feds Say That Banned Researcher Commandeered a Plane

A security researcher kicked off a United Airlines flight last month after tweeting about security vulnerabilities in its system had previously taken control of...

This Little 3D Printed Robot Cracks Combination Locks in 30 Seconds
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This Little 3D Printed Robot Cracks Combination Locks in 30 Seconds

Careful what you leave in your lockers, high school students and gym-goers.

A First Big Step Toward Mapping the Human Brain
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A First Big Step Toward Mapping the Human Brain

It's a long, hard road to understanding the human brain, and one of the first milestones in that journey is building a … database.

How Daimler Built the World's First Self-Driving Semi
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How Daimler Built the World's First Self-Driving Semi

Christian Urban waves his hands to make a point, then looks at his nails and cracks wise about needing a manicure.

Holograms Could Bring Videogame-Like Navigation to Your Car
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Holograms Could Bring Videogame-Like Navigation to Your Car

There are plenty of ways to get directions in the car, but most have one big shortcoming.

Microsoft Shows Hololens' Augmented Reality Is No Gimmick
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Microsoft Shows Hololens' Augmented Reality Is No Gimmick

Microsoft demonstrated how far its augmented-reality HoloLens wonderland project has come.
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