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The Ick of AI That Impersonates Humans
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The Ick of AI That Impersonates Humans

Philip K. Dick was living a few miles north of San Francisco when he wrote Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which envisioned a world where artificially intelligent...

How Russian Spies Infiltrated Hotel Wi-Fi to Hack Victims ­p Close
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How Russian Spies Infiltrated Hotel Wi-Fi to Hack Victims ­p Close

For years, the Kremlin's increasingly aggressive hackers have reached across the globe to hit targets with everything from simple phishing schemes to worms built...

Mobile Websites Can Tap Into Your Phone's Sensors Without Asking
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Mobile Websites Can Tap Into Your Phone's Sensors Without Asking

When apps want to access data from your smartphone's motion or light sensors, they often make that capability clear.

How Apple Makes the AI Chip Powering the iPhone's Fancy Tricks
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How Apple Makes the AI Chip Powering the iPhone's Fancy Tricks

A few years ago—the company won't say exactly when—some engineers at Apple began to think the iPhone's camera could be made smarter using newly powerful machine...

Crispr's Epic Patent Fight Changed the Course of Biology
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Crispr's Epic Patent Fight Changed the Course of Biology

After three bitter years and tens of millions of dollars in legal fees, the epic battle over who owns one of the most common methods for editing the DNA in any...

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation
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How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

At a certain point, you think you have a good grasp of what to expect from weather graphics. A color-coded map, a five-day forecast with a sassy cloud.

Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob
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Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

Tesla has taken plenty of innovative steps to protect the driving systems of its kitted-out cars against digital attacks. It's hired top-notch security engineers...

AI Can Recognize Images. But Can It ­nderstand This Headline?
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AI Can Recognize Images. But Can It ­nderstand This Headline?

In 2012, artificial intelligence researchers revealed a big improvement in computers' ability to recognize images by feeding a neural network millions of labeled...

Meet the Rose Hip Cell, a New Kind of Neuron
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Meet the Rose Hip Cell, a New Kind of Neuron

It's been more than a century since Spanish neuroanatomist Santiago Ramón y Cajal won the Nobel Prize for illustrating the way neurons allow you to walk, talk,...

The Serious Security Problem Looming Over Robotics
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The Serious Security Problem Looming Over Robotics

They call it Herb2. It's a dapper robot, wearing a bowtie even while it sits at home in its lab at the University of Washington.

A Monitor's ­ltrasonic Sounds Can Reveal What's on the Screen
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A Monitor's ­ltrasonic Sounds Can Reveal What's on the Screen

You probably assume that someone can only see what's on your computer screen by looking at it.

How Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts
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How Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts

When the cybersecurity industry warns about the nightmare of hackers causing blackouts, the scenario they describe typically entails an elite team of hackers ...

Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You
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Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You

I'm not what you'd call a coordinated man, so basketball horrifies me. All the dribbling, all the shooting—all while running and dodging people trying to smack...

Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?
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Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?

Chris Monroe's vision for quantum computers is simple: He wants people to use them.

This Bomb-Simulating ­S Supercomputer Broke a World Record
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This Bomb-Simulating ­S Supercomputer Broke a World Record

Brad Settlemyer had a supercomputing solution in search of a problem.

How a Flock of Drones Developed Collective Intelligence
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How a Flock of Drones Developed Collective Intelligence

The drones rise all at once, 30 strong, the domes of light on their undercarriages glowing 30 different hues—like luminescent candy sprinkles against the gray,...

The Big Problem with Big Data? Without Theory, It's Just Garbage
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The Big Problem with Big Data? Without Theory, It's Just Garbage

"The idea that big data will enable more control of behavior may be a lot of hype."

Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News
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Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News

When we met in early March, Jonathan Albright was still shrugging off a sleepless weekend.

Don't Just Lecture Robots; Make Them Learn
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Don't Just Lecture Robots; Make Them Learn

The robot apocalypse  is nigh. Boston Dynamics' robots are doing backflips and opening doors for their friends. Oh, and these 7-foot-long robot arms can lift 500...

In Search of New Rules to Protect Other Worlds From Earth's Cooties
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In Search of New Rules to Protect Other Worlds From Earth's Cooties

NASA has to start protecting planets better. The international treaty governing space—there is one—and the laws and regulations that follow it date back to the...
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