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Silicon Valley Faces Showdown as Lawmakers Fume Over Encryption
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Silicon Valley Faces Showdown as Lawmakers Fume Over Encryption

A number of lawmakers on Thursday expressed a growing frustration with technology companies and signaled Congress would consider either curbing encrypted communications...

A Learning Advance in Artificial Intelligence Rivals Human Abilities
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A Learning Advance in Artificial Intelligence Rivals Human Abilities

Taking inspiration from the way humans seem to learn, scientists have created AI software capable of picking up new knowledge in a far more efficient and sophisticated...

Americans Attracted to Isis Find an 'echo Chamber' on Social Media
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Americans Attracted to Isis Find an 'echo Chamber' on Social Media

When a lonely Virginia teenager named Ali Amin got curious about the Islamic State last year and went online to learn more, he found a virtual community awaiting...

Here's What Developers Are Doing with Google’s AI Brain
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Here's What Developers Are Doing with Google’s AI Brain

An artificial intelligence engine that Google uses in many of its products, and that it made freely available last month, is now being used by others to perform...

Does Encryption Really Help Isis? Here's What You Need to Know
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Does Encryption Really Help Isis? Here's What You Need to Know

There's the war on terrorism, and then there's the war on how to fight the war on terrorism.

Google Says It Reviewed 1.2 Million Web Pages For 'right to Be Forgotten'
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Google Says It Reviewed 1.2 Million Web Pages For 'right to Be Forgotten'

Alphabet Inc.'s Google on Wednesday said it has evaluated more than 1.2 million Web pages for compliance with Europe's "Right to Be Forgotten" ruling, and removed...

The Computer That Knows What You're Thinking
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The Computer That Knows What You're Thinking

We have all done it; put a rictus grin on our faces while inside we are burning with anger.

Agriculture Linked to Dna Changes in Ancient Europe
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Agriculture Linked to Dna Changes in Ancient Europe

The agricultural revolution was one of the most profound events in human history, leading to the rise of modern civilization.

The Hyper-Intelligent Bandage
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The Hyper-Intelligent Bandage

Scientists are developing smart, sensor-packed dressings to help heal chronic wounds.

Technology Brings Online Education in Line with Campus Programs
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Technology Brings Online Education in Line with Campus Programs

Whether sitting in front of a screen or in a classroom, online and campus-based institutions want to verify students actually attend classes, take exams.

Paris Attacks Fan Encryption Debate
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Paris Attacks Fan Encryption Debate

White House and congressional staffers have asked Silicon Valley executives for new talks in Washington, D.C., to resolve a standoff over encrypted communication...

AI Advances Make It Possible to Search, Shop With Images
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AI Advances Make It Possible to Search, Shop With Images

The improvement of image-recognition software via deep learning could help usher in an era of image-based Web shopping/browsing.

Beyond Search
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Beyond Search

The latest academic research tools do not just find papers; they analyze them.

Court Says Tracking Web Histories Can Violate Wiretap Act
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Court Says Tracking Web Histories Can Violate Wiretap Act

Federal courts have long given the government leeway to surveil and collect so-called "non-content" data—records of the senders and recipients of calls and emails...

Baidu, the 'chinese Google,' Is Teaching AI to Spot Malware
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Baidu, the 'chinese Google,' Is Teaching AI to Spot Malware

Andrew Ng picks up his iPhone and opens an app called FaceYou.

How Scientists Search the Cosmos For Encrypted Alien Signals (and Other Ones Too)
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How Scientists Search the Cosmos For Encrypted Alien Signals (and Other Ones Too)

In a recent conversation with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson asked about communication with alien civilizations...

Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions For Digital Age
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Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions For Digital Age

Shelves of law books are an august symbol of legal practice, and no place, save the Library of Congress, can match the collection at Harvard's Law School Library...

Artificial-Intelligence Institute Launches Free Science Search Engine
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Artificial-Intelligence Institute Launches Free Science Search Engine

With Google Scholar, PubMed, and other free academic databases at their fingertips, scientists may feel they have plenty of resources to trawl through the ever-growing...

Now You Can ­se Emojis to Search For Cute Cat Videos
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Now You Can ­se Emojis to Search For Cute Cat Videos

In a move that makes it possible to seamlessly combine your love of emojis with adorable animal videos, a group of researchers has built a prototype of a search...

Google Turning Its Lucrative Web Search Over to AI Machines
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Google Turning Its Lucrative Web Search Over to AI Machines

When Google-parent Alphabet Inc. reported eye-popping earnings last week its executives couldn’t stop talking up the company's investments in machine learning and...
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