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Inside Darpa's Plan to Make Old Aircraft Autonomous With Robot Arms
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Inside Darpa's Plan to Make Old Aircraft Autonomous With Robot Arms

There's a reason Tesla and its competitors use the term "autopilot" for their semi-autonomous cars: Aviation is way ahead of the auto industry when it comes to...

How AI Is Shaking ­p the Chip Market
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How AI Is Shaking ­p the Chip Market

In less than 12 hours, three different people offered to pay me if I'd spend an hour talking to a stranger on the phone.

Your Dvr Didn't Take Down the Internet, Yet
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Your Dvr Didn't Take Down the Internet, Yet

Last week ended with a mid-level internet catastrophe. You may have noticed that for most of Friday popular sites like Netflix, Twitter, Spotify (and yes, WIRED)...

X-Rays Are Revealing the Mysterious Writings in Mummy Coffins
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X-Rays Are Revealing the Mysterious Writings in Mummy Coffins

It's a sleepy summer Friday at Lawrence Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source.

How to Steal an AI
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How to Steal an AI

In the burgeoning field of computer science known as machine learning, engineers often refer to the artificial intelligences they create as "black box" systems:...

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.

Tech Giants Team ­p to Fix Typography's Biggest Problem
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Tech Giants Team ­p to Fix Typography's Biggest Problem

Fonts have a serious image problem.

How Police Trace Cellphones in Ieds Like the Ones in Nyc
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How Police Trace Cellphones in Ieds Like the Ones in Nyc

A cellphone makes a convenient detonator for an improvised explosive device. But it's also one of the most conveniently trackable devices under the eye of American...

How the Fbi Could Have Hacked the San Bernardino Shooter's Iphone
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How the Fbi Could Have Hacked the San Bernardino Shooter's Iphone

More than six months have passed since the FBI first ordered Apple to help the agency bypass the encryption on the iPhone 5c of Rizwan Syed Farook, an ISIS supporter...

How Space Scientists Turn Exoplanets Into Places We Can 'see'
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How Space Scientists Turn Exoplanets Into Places We Can 'see'

Do a Google image search for "exoplanet."

AI Can Recognize Your Face Even If You're Pixelated
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AI Can Recognize Your Face Even If You're Pixelated

Pixelation has long been a familiar fig leaf to cover our visual media’s most private parts.

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.

Forget Software: Now Hackers Are Exploiting Physics
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Forget Software: Now Hackers Are Exploiting Physics

Practically every word we use to describe a computer is a metaphor.

The Shadow Brokers Mess Is What Happens When the Nsa Hoards Zero-Days
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The Shadow Brokers Mess Is What Happens When the Nsa Hoards Zero-Days

When the NSA discovers a new method of hacking into a piece of software or hardware, it faces a dilemma.

Ironic Windows Vulnerability Shows Why Backdoors Can't Work
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Ironic Windows Vulnerability Shows Why Backdoors Can't Work

Apple's refusal to comply with a court order to help the FBI crack an iPhone highlighted the pressure tech companies face to include backdoors in their software...

Martians Might Be Real. That Makes Mars Exploration Way More Complicated
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Martians Might Be Real. That Makes Mars Exploration Way More Complicated

History will note that the guy who discovered liquid water on Mars was an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, a 20-year-old who played guitar in a death...

Hackers Hijack a Big Rig Truck's Accelerator and Brakes
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Hackers Hijack a Big Rig Truck's Accelerator and Brakes

When cybersecurity researchers showed in recent years that they could hack a Chevy Impala or a Jeep Cherokee to disable the vehicles' brakes or hijack their steering...

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.

Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards
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Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards

You should be able to trust your wireless keyboard.

Snowden Designs a Device to Warn If Your Iphone's Radios Are Snitching
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Snowden Designs a Device to Warn If Your Iphone's Radios Are Snitching

When Edward Snowden met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSA's secrets, he famously asked them put their phones in the fridge to block any...
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