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The Ocean's Robots May Soon Enjoy High-Speed Internet
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The Ocean's Robots May Soon Enjoy High-Speed Internet

A wireless communications network could soon enable autonomous underwater instruments to collect information, communicate, and transfer data at Internet speeds,

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)...

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.

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

Google's Project Loon plans to use balloons to beam the Internet from the stratosphere down to people on Earth where access is otherwise unavailable.  

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.

Inside Google's Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls
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Inside Google's Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls

Online forums and social media platforms are havens for trolls and bullies who launch campaigns of harassment can lead to the self-censorship of the people they...

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.

This AI Software Can Tell If You're at Risk From Cancer Before Symptoms Appear
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This AI Software Can Tell If You're at Risk From Cancer Before Symptoms Appear

Artificial intelligence software developed by researchers at the Houston Methodist Research Institute in Texas can accurately predict breast cancer risk.

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.

A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens
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A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens

In 2013, when University of Birmingham computer scientist Flavio Garcia and a team of researchers were preparing to reveal a vulnerability that allowed them todelayed...

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...

America's Electronic Voting Machines Are Scarily Easy Targets
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America's Electronic Voting Machines Are Scarily Easy Targets

This week, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump openly speculated that this election would be "rigged." Last month, Russia decided to take an active role in...

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...

Apple's New App Will Teach the Next Generation How to Code
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Apple's New App Will Teach the Next Generation How to Code

Apple's new Swift Playgrounds iPad application is designed to teach novices how to code, using the Swift programming language with their mobile devices.

Clever Tool Shields Your Car From Hacks By Watching Its Internal Clocks
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Clever Tool Shields Your Car From Hacks By Watching Its Internal Clocks

Car-hacking demonstrations tend to get all the glory in the security research community—remotely paralyzing a Jeep on the highway or cutting a Corvette’s brakes...
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