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How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human
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How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human

The first time Alex Acero saw Her, he watched it like a normal person.

The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers
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The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers

By now our future is clear: We are to be cared for, entertained, and monetized by artificial intelligence.

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear
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How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear

Urs Hölzle has a big job.

Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard
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Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard

Snapchat knew it from the start, but in recent months Google and Facebook have all but confirmed it: The keyboard, slowly but surely, is fading into obscurity. ...

Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers
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Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers

Google operates what is surely the largest computer network on Earth, a system that comprises custom-built, warehouse-sized data centers spanning 15 locations in...

Physicists Teach AI to Identify Exotic States of Matter
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Physicists Teach AI to Identify Exotic States of Matter

Put a tray of water in the freezer. For a while, it's liquid. And then—boom—the molecules stack into little hexagons, and you've got ice.

Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse By Making Chat a Game
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Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse By Making Chat a Game

Microsoft is buying a deep learning startup based in Montreal, a global hub for deep learning research.

2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet
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2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet

On the west coast of Australia, Amanda Hodgson is launching drones out towards the Indian Ocean so that they can photograph the water from above.

Google's Hand-Fed AI Now Gives Answers, Not Just Search Results
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Google's Hand-Fed AI Now Gives Answers, Not Just Search Results

Ask the Google search app "What is the fastest bird on Earth?," and it will tell you.

Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Are Remaking Themselves Around AI
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Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Are Remaking Themselves Around AI

Fei-Fei Li is a big deal in the world of AI. As the director of the Artificial Intelligence and Vision labs at Stanford University, she oversaw the creation of...

Google's Internet-Beaming Balloon Gets a New Pilot: AI
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Google's Internet-Beaming Balloon Gets a New Pilot: AI

This summer, the Google X lab launched a balloon into the stratosphere over Peru, and it stayed there for 98 days.

Google's Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring Isis Recruits
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Google's Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring Isis Recruits

Google has built a half-trillion-dollar business out of divining what people want based on a few words they type into a search field.

How To Fool AI Into Seeing Something That Isn't There
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How To Fool AI Into Seeing Something That Isn't There

Our machines are littered with security holes, because programmers are human.

Europe Is Going After Google Hard, and Google May Not Win
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Europe Is Going After Google Hard, and Google May Not Win

Microsoft pulled the strings. At least, that’s what Google and so many business and tech journalists said when the search giant first faced antitrust complaints...

Artificial Intelligence Is Setting ­p the Internet For a Huge Clash With Europe
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Artificial Intelligence Is Setting ­p the Internet For a Huge Clash With Europe

Neural networks are changing the Internet.

Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law
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Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law

In the age of big data analytics, the proprietary algorithms web sites use to determine what data to display to visitors have the potential to illegally discriminate...

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.

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.
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