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Almost 1 In 3 U.s. Warplanes Is a Robot
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Almost 1 In 3 U.s. Warplanes Is a Robot

Remember when the military actually put human beings in the cockpits of its planes?

How Ibm Saw 2012 in 2007: Where's My Mind-Reading Cellphone?
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How Ibm Saw 2012 in 2007: Where's My Mind-Reading Cellphone?

The brainiacs at IBM made some pretty far-out predictions this week: In five years, they say, you won't need passwords, there will be no more digital divide,...

Can Cornell Build a Silicon Valley Culture in New York City?
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Can Cornell Build a Silicon Valley Culture in New York City?

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Cornell University and its partner Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have been approved to build a...

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Iran's Alleged Drone Hack: Tough, but Possible

Take everything that Iran says about its captured U.S. drone with a grain of salt. But its new claim that it spoofed the drone’s navigational controls isn't implausible...

It Won't Be Easy For Iran to Dissect, Copy ­.s. Drone
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It Won't Be Easy For Iran to Dissect, Copy ­.s. Drone

Prepare the dissection table. Iran says it’s planning to disassemble its prized acquisition: a CIA-operated drone that apparently crashed in its territory. Its...

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It's a Drone's World. We Just Live in It

Drones have had a profound effect on the way America fights its wars, allowing it to fight in new theaters while minimizing the risk to troops.

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H(ackers)2O: Attack on City Water Station Destroys Pump

Hackers gained remote access into the control system of the city water utility in Springfield, Illinois, and destroyed a pump, according to a report released...

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China Looms Large in Race of the Supercomputers

Ten years ago, a ranking of the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputers included precisely three entries from China. The most powerful of these—a system used to...

DARPA Looks to Protect Drones from Hack Attacks
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DARPA Looks to Protect Drones from Hack Attacks

Cybersecurity, as interpreted by the Pentagon’s premiere researcher, isn’t just about protecting data networks. It’s about making the military’s killer drones...

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Supreme Court Sees Shades of 1984 in Unchecked Gps Tracking

A number of Supreme Court justices invoked the specter of Big Brother while hearing arguments Tuesday over whether the police may secretly attach GPS devices...

Japan Pushes World's Fastest Computer Past 10 Petaflop Barrier
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Japan Pushes World's Fastest Computer Past 10 Petaflop Barrier

The Japanese have broken the 10 petaflop barrier. On Wednesday, Japanese IT giant Fujitsu and the government-funded RIKEN research lab announced the supercomputer...

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How Technical Glitches Foiled the Russian Sleeper Spies

Spying for Russia can be a hard life. The feds are on your trail, always trying to find out who you’re meeting with and talking to.

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Kevin Mitnick Rates Today's Blackhats

Kevin Mitnick was hacking when the LulzSec kids were still in training pants.

John McCarthy
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John McCarthy

When IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer won its famous chess rematch with then world champion Garry Kasparov in May 1997, the victory was hailed far and wide as a...

DARPA Wants to Master the Science of Propaganda
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DARPA Wants to Master the Science of Propaganda

Mark Twain once tried to distinguish between the storyteller’s art and tales that a machine could generate. He observed that stringing "incongruities and absurdities...

Computational Model of Peace Predicts Social Violence, Harmony
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Computational Model of Peace Predicts Social Violence, Harmony

New England Complex Systems Institute researchers have developed a computational model that analyzes census data to identify potential areas of civil violence,...

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Gadgets the Pentagon Made

The cool voice assistant that runs on the iPhone 4S? Years ago, someone thought what Apple calls Siri would be a valuable tool for the military. Come to think...

Idaho Lab in a Race to Shore Up Critical Infrastructure Systems
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Idaho Lab in a Race to Shore Up Critical Infrastructure Systems

All it took was one click of a mouse from the CEO of the ACME Chemical company.

Army Tracking Plan: Drones That Never Forget a Face
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Army Tracking Plan: Drones That Never Forget a Face

Perhaps the idea of spy drones already makes your nervous. Maybe you’re uncomfortable with the notion of an unblinking, robotic eye in the sky that can watch...

Supreme Court Docket: Surveillance, Profanity, and Thought Patents
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Supreme Court Docket: Surveillance, Profanity, and Thought Patents

The Supreme Court’s 2011–2012 term began Oct. 3 with arguments on the docket concerning everything from television profanity to warrantless GPS surveillance.
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