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7,500 Faceless Coders Paid in Bitcoin Built a Hedge Fund's Brain
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7,500 Faceless Coders Paid in Bitcoin Built a Hedge Fund's Brain

Richard Craib is a 29-year-old South African who runs a hedge fund in San Francisco. Or rather, he doesn't run it.

Hacker Lexicon: What Is Perfect Forward Secrecy?
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Hacker Lexicon: What Is Perfect Forward Secrecy?

Encryption keeps your secrets, until it doesn't.

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.

Great. Now Even Your Headphones Can Spy on You
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Great. Now Even Your Headphones Can Spy on You

Cautious computer users put a piece of tape over their webcam.

Intel Looks to a New Chip to Power the Coming Age of AI
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Intel Looks to a New Chip to Power the Coming Age of AI

Microsoft researchers recently built an artificially intelligent system that seems to recognize conversational speech as effectively as a human.

Vr Is Totally Changing How Architects Dream ­p Buildings
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Vr Is Totally Changing How Architects Dream ­p Buildings

From the Lower Manhattan offices of New York architecture firm SHoP, you can explore buildings around the world—including ones that don't yet exist.

How to Block the Ultrasonic Signals You Didn't Know Were Tracking You
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How to Block the Ultrasonic Signals You Didn't Know Were Tracking You

Dystopian corporte surveillance threats today come at us from all directions. Companies offer "always-on" devices that listen for our voice commands, and marketers...

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.

Want to Know Julian Assange's Endgame? He Told You a Decade Ago
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Want to Know Julian Assange's Endgame? He Told You a Decade Ago

Amid a seemingly incessant deluge of leaks and hacks, Washington, DC staffers have learned to imagine how even the most benign email would look a week later on...

Meet Noto, Google's Free Font For More Than 800 Language
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Meet Noto, Google's Free Font For More Than 800 Language

Something funny happens when your computer or phone can’t display a font: A blank rectangular box pops up in place of the missing glyph.

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.
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