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China Is Catching ­p to the ­S in A.I. Research, Fast
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China Is Catching ­p to the ­S in A.I. Research, Fast

At the world's top computer-vision conference last June, Google and Apple sponsored an academic contest that challenged algorithms to make sense of images from...

How Russian Trolls ­sed Meme Warfare to Divide America
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How Russian Trolls ­sed Meme Warfare to Divide America

There's a meme on Instagram, circulated by a group called "Born Liberal." A fist holds a cluster of strings, reaching down into people with television sets for...

Facebook's New Data Restrictions Will Handcuff Even Honest Researchers
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Facebook's New Data Restrictions Will Handcuff Even Honest Researchers

Last week, when news broke (again) that Cambridge Analytica had allegedly misused 50 million Facebook users' data, it immediately raised a difficult question: When...

Inside Amazon's Artificial Intelligence Flywheel
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Inside Amazon's Artificial Intelligence Flywheel

In early 2014, Srikanth Thirumalai met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

For Superpowers, Artificial Intelligence Fuels New Global Arms Race
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For Superpowers, Artificial Intelligence Fuels New Global Arms Race

For many Russian students, the academic year started last Friday with tips on planetary domination from President Vladimir Putin.

A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the ­itimate Sequencer
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A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the ­itimate Sequencer

The world's largest genetics research center isn't at Harvard or Stanford or even the NIH. It's a 20-mile drive from Hong Kong International Airport, in the bustling...

How Nasa Visualizes Stunning Worlds Without Really Seeing Them
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How Nasa Visualizes Stunning Worlds Without Really Seeing Them

Everyone likes a good space photo.

I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into
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I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into

Chia-Chiunn Ho was eating lunch inside Facebook headquarters, at the Full Circle Cafe, when he saw the notice on his phone: Larry Zitnick, one of the leading figures...

What News-Writing Bots Mean For the Future of Journalism
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What News-Writing Bots Mean For the Future of Journalism

When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped...

The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class
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The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class

In February 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end of the world...

What Better Way For the Marines to Prepare For Future Wars Than With Sci-Fi?
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What Better Way For the Marines to Prepare For Future Wars Than With Sci-Fi?

Lance Cpl. Steven West steps into a remote enemy hideout clad in a 350-pound exoskeleton, sensors piercing the darkness and displaying digital info on his helmet...

2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet
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2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet

On the west coast of Australia, Amanda Hodgson is launching drones out towards the Indian Ocean so that they can photograph the water from above.

How Humans Can Force the Machines to Play Fair
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How Humans Can Force the Machines to Play Fair

Cynthia Dwork is best known for inventing "differential privacy," a set of techniques that safeguard the privacy of individuals in a large database.

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.

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.

Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law
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Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law

In the age of big data analytics, the proprietary algorithms web sites use to determine what data to display to visitors have the potential to illegally discriminate...

Soon We Won't Program Computers. We'll Train Them Like Dogs
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Soon We Won't Program Computers. We'll Train Them Like Dogs

Before the invention of the computer, most experimental psychologists thought the brain was an unknowable black box.

Root Is a Little Robot on a Mission to Teach Kids to Code
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Root Is a Little Robot on a Mission to Teach Kids to Code

Researchers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute say their robot is ready to teach both kids and adults how to code. 

A Computer With a Great Eye Is About to Transform Botany
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A Computer With a Great Eye Is About to Transform Botany

Pennsylvania State University paleobotanist Peter Wilf and colleagues have developed new software for identifying families of leaves. 

MIT Researchers Want to Teach Robots How to Wash Dishes
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MIT Researchers Want to Teach Robots How to Wash Dishes

The robots arrived years ago. They help build stuff in factories. They shuttle packages and products across the massive warehouses that drive Amazon’s worldwide...
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