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Say What You See, Facebook
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Say What You See, Facebook

When Matt King signed up for Facebook, in 2009, he had been completely blind for nearly twenty years.

Cyber War Comes to the Suburbs
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Cyber War Comes to the Suburbs

The Bowman Avenue Dam, in Rye, New York, would seem an unlikely candidate for a new front in the cyber wars.

Data-Mining Algorithm Reveals the Stormy Evolution of Mathematics Over 700 Years
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Data-Mining Algorithm Reveals the Stormy Evolution of Mathematics Over 700 Years

The history of mathematics is in some ways a study of the human mind and how it has understood the world.

Why Microsoft Believes that AI Bots Are the Only Logical Path Forward
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Why Microsoft Believes that AI Bots Are the Only Logical Path Forward

For Microsoft, the future of communication is bots.

How AI Is Feeding China's Internet Dragon
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How AI Is Feeding China's Internet Dragon

Shortly after walking through the front doors of Baidu in Beijing last November, I was surprised to notice that my face had transformed into that of a cheerful-­looking...

Why Isis Is Winning the Social Media War
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Why Isis Is Winning the Social Media War

Early last December, two days after Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik murdered 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, the married couple’s landlord...

American Tech Giants Face Fight in Europe Over Encrypted Data
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American Tech Giants Face Fight in Europe Over Encrypted Data

Silicon Valley's battle over encryption is heading to Europe.

Security Missed Brussels Bombs–But Could Sensors Spot Them?
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Security Missed Brussels Bombs–But Could Sensors Spot Them?

After terrorists attacked Paris last November, nearby Brussels, home of many of the attackers, posted heavily armed soldiers in public places.

Tech Could Help Secure Public Spaces, If Europe Wants More Surveillance
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Tech Could Help Secure Public Spaces, If Europe Wants More Surveillance

Facial recognition software, scanners that detect weapons and cameras that spot nervous people are some of the technologies that could be used more widely to secure...

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

My dad is a wildlife biologist, and during road trips we took when I was growing up he spent a lot of time talking about the grasses and trees along the highway...

System Loads Web Pages 34 Percent Faster By Fetching Files More Effectively
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System Loads Web Pages 34 Percent Faster By Fetching Files More Effectively

There are few things more frustrating than a slow-loading Web page.

At Supreme Court, Debate Over Phone Privacy Has A Long History
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At Supreme Court, Debate Over Phone Privacy Has A Long History

Underlying the debate over Apple's refusal to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook is the idea that cellphones hold the most...

China Is Building a Big Data Platform For 'precrime'
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China Is Building a Big Data Platform For 'precrime'

It's "precrime" meets "thoughtcrime."

Pentagon Starts Aggressive Cyberwar Against Is
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Pentagon Starts Aggressive Cyberwar Against Is

Not long after Defense Secretary Ash Carter prodded his cyber commanders to be more aggressive in the fight against Islamic State, the U.S. ramped up its offensive...

Exoplanet Census Suggests Earth Is Special After All
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Exoplanet Census Suggests Earth Is Special After All

More than 400 years ago Renaissance scientist Nicolaus Copernicus reduced us to near nothingness by showing that our planet is not the center of the solar system...

Google ­nveils Neural Network with 'superhuman' Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image
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Google ­nveils Neural Network with 'superhuman' Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image

Here's a tricky task. Pick a photograph from the Web at random. Now try to work out where it was taken using only the image itself.

Rich Data, Poor Fields
From Communications of the ACM

Rich Data, Poor Fields

Diverse technologies help farmers produce food in resource-poor areas.

What Role Should Silicon Valley Play in Fighting Terrorism?
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What Role Should Silicon Valley Play in Fighting Terrorism?

On Friday, January 8, several high-level officials from the Obama administration—including the attorney general, the White House chief of staff, and the directors...

How Apple Will Fight the Doj in Iphone Backdoor Crypto Case
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How Apple Will Fight the Doj in Iphone Backdoor Crypto Case

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday evening said the US government's legal position on encryption backdoors was setting "a dangerous precedent."

The Best AI Still Flunks 8th Grade Science
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The Best AI Still Flunks 8th Grade Science

In 2012, IBM Watson went to medical school. So said The New York Times, announcing that the tech giant’s artificially intelligent question-and-answer machine had...
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