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He Helped Create AI. Now, He Worries About 'Killer Robots'
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He Helped Create AI. Now, He Worries About 'Killer Robots'

Yoshua Bengio, a co-recipient of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award, is concerned about artificial intelligence being weaponized.

Researchers Warn Open Sky Drone Policy Poses Cybercriminal Risk
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Researchers Warn Open Sky Drone Policy Poses Cybercriminal Risk

Researchers warn of the potential for unregulated aerial drones to threaten citizens.

The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints  LISTEN· 4:24
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The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints LISTEN· 4:24

Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, who heads both the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, usually doesn't say much in public.

The Risks of Marrying 'Smart' Technology With 'Dumb' Machines
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The Risks of Marrying 'Smart' Technology With 'Dumb' Machines

Before the Internet of Things becomes a pervasive reality, technology experts and public safety professionals are airing their concerns about cyber-physical security...

Data Sharing by Popular Health Apps is "Routine," Research Finds
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Data Sharing by Popular Health Apps is "Routine," Research Finds

Researchers have found mobile health apps pose unprecedented risk to consumers' privacy because of their ability to collect and share user data.

Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business
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Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business

People.cn, the online unit of China's influential People's Daily, is boosting its numbers of human internet censors backed by artificial intelligence to help firms...

Resistance to Killer Robots Growing
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Resistance to Killer Robots Growing

Activists from 35 countries met in Germany this week to urge a ban on lethal autonomous weapons, ahead of new talks on such weapons in Switzerland.

Two Young Hackers Won $375,000 and a Model 3 for Finding Tesla Bug
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Two Young Hackers Won $375,000 and a Model 3 for Finding Tesla Bug

Two young computer hackers won $35,000 and a Tesla Model 3 electric car for finding a bug that let them infiltrate the vehicle's internal Web browser.

Future Shock: Inside Google's Smart City
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Future Shock: Inside Google's Smart City

Google is using a 12-acre plot on the outskirts of Toronto to build a city of the future.

Analyzing Pre-Installed Software on Android Devices and Its Privacy Risks for ­sers
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Analyzing Pre-Installed Software on Android Devices and Its Privacy Risks for ­sers

Researchers investigating Android devices have discovered a complex ecosystem of device manufacturers, mobile operators, app developers, and providers.

Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care
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Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved a device that can capture an image of your retina and automatically detect signs of diabetic blindness.

How Pope Francis Could Shape the Future of Robotics
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How Pope Francis Could Shape the Future of Robotics

At the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life workshop, Pope Francis presented a letter warning of developing technologies without first considering societal costs...

Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.
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Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.

In the next two weeks, Russia is planning to attempt something no other country has tried before. It's going to test whether it can disconnect from the rest of...

They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option
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They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option

The crashed Lion Air 737 MAX and the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX aircraft had more in common than aircraft design and the apparently malfunctioning flight system...

The Future of Data Storage
From Communications of the ACM

The Future of Data Storage

Research into next-generation storage techniques marches forward, yet tape remains the most viable, dependable medium.

The Fine Line Between Coercion and Care
From Communications of the ACM

The Fine Line Between Coercion and Care

Employers monitoring their workforce must balance productivity and security considerations with employee privacy and welfare concerns.

Fewer than 200 People Watched the New Zealand Massacre Live. A Hateful Group Helped It Reach Millions
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Fewer than 200 People Watched the New Zealand Massacre Live. A Hateful Group Helped It Reach Millions

As the New Zealand gunman live-streamed the massacre onto Facebook, fewer than 200 people watched. The social network said its moderators removed it sometime after...

Despite ­.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology
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Despite ­.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology

The race to build the next generation of super-fast mobile-data networks has begun in Germany, which started auctioning off its spectrum licenses for 5G on Tuesday...

How Social Media's Business Model Helped the New Zealand Massacre Go Viral
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How Social Media's Business Model Helped the New Zealand Massacre Go Viral

The ability of Internet users to spread a video of Friday's slaughter in New Zealand marked a triumph—however appalling—of human ingenuity over computerized systems...

Top ­.S. ­niversities Shun Cash From Huawei ­nder Trump Pressure
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Top ­.S. ­niversities Shun Cash From Huawei ­nder Trump Pressure

Pressure from Congress and the Trump administration has forced top U.S. universities to refuse research funding from China's Huawei Technologies over national security...
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