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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...

A 'Halo Drive' Could Accelerate Interstellar Spacecraft to Close to the Speed of Light
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A 'Halo Drive' Could Accelerate Interstellar Spacecraft to Close to the Speed of Light

Back in 2016, the physicist Stephen Hawking and the billionaire Yuri Milner unveiled a plan to travel to the stars. The so-called Breakthrough Starshot project...

Drones That Perch Like Birds Could Go on Much Longer Flights
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Drones That Perch Like Birds Could Go on Much Longer Flights

Yale University researchers have designed an observational drone that can perch like a bird to save energy.

DeepMind is Asking How AI Helped Turn the Internet into an Echo Chamber
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DeepMind is Asking How AI Helped Turn the Internet into an Echo Chamber

Researchers have analyzed how different recommendation algorithms can accelerate or decelerate filter bubbles and echo chambers online.

Triton Is the World's Most Murderous Malware, and It's Spreading
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Triton Is the World's Most Murderous Malware, and It's Spreading

As an experienced cyber first responder, Julian Gutmanis had been called plenty of times before to help companies deal with the fallout from cyberattacks.

An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News
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An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News

Here's some breaking fake news … Russia has declared war on the United States after Donald Trump accidentally fired a missile in the air.

The Real Reason America Is Scared of Huawei: Internet-Connected Everything
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The Real Reason America Is Scared of Huawei: Internet-Connected Everything

There was a time when the world's two great superpowers were obsessed with nuclear weapons technology.

We Analyzed 16,625 Papers to Figure Out Where AI Is Headed Next
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We Analyzed 16,625 Papers to Figure Out Where AI Is Headed Next

A study of 25 years of artificial-intelligence research suggests the era of deep learning is coming to an end.

Will People Ditch Cash for Cryptocurrency? Japan Is About to Find Out
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Will People Ditch Cash for Cryptocurrency? Japan Is About to Find Out

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe wants 40% of payments in that country to be cashless by 2025.

We'd Have More Quantum Computers If It Weren't So Hard to Find the Damn Cables
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We'd Have More Quantum Computers If It Weren't So Hard to Find the Damn Cables

Blake Johnson spends a lot of time thinking about things like superconducting cables and supercooled refrigerators.

Giving Algorithms a Sense of Uncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical
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Giving Algorithms a Sense of Uncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical

Algorithms are increasingly being used to make ethical decisions. Perhaps the best example of this is a high-tech take on the ethical dilemma known as the trolley...

A Country's Ambitious Plan to Teach Anyone the Basics of AI
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A Country's Ambitious Plan to Teach Anyone the Basics of AI

Finland has launched an ambitious challenge to teach the basics of artificial intelligence to 1% of its population.

A Neural Network Can Learn to Organize the World It Sees Into Concepts, Just Like We Do
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A Neural Network Can Learn to Organize the World It Sees Into Concepts, Just Like We Do

GANs, or generative adversarial networks, are the social-media starlet of AI algorithms. They are responsible for creating the first AI painting ever sold at an ...

The US and China Are in a Quantum Arms Race that Will Transform Warfare
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The US and China Are in a Quantum Arms Race that Will Transform Warfare

In the 1970s, at the height of the Cold War, American military planners began to worry about the threat to US warplanes posed by new, radar-guided missile defenses...

Deep Learning Turns Mono Recordings Into Immersive Sound
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Deep Learning Turns Mono Recordings Into Immersive Sound

Researchers have taught an artificial intelligence system to convert ordinary monaural sounds into nearly three-dimensional sounds.

Machine Vision Can Create Harry Potter-Style Photos for Muggles
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Machine Vision Can Create Harry Potter-Style Photos for Muggles

New software can animate the central character in a photograph while leaving the rest of the image untouched.

These Incredibly Realistic Fake Faces Show How Algorithms Can Now Mess with Us
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These Incredibly Realistic Fake Faces Show How Algorithms Can Now Mess with Us

These faces don't seem particularly remarkable. They could easily be taken from, say, Facebook or LinkedIn. In reality, they were dreamed up by a new kind of AI...

China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.
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China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.

In the early 1980s, a cluster of fledging computer companies opened up shop in a chaotic corner of northwest Beijing, near the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities...

Ambient AI is About to Devour the Software Industry
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Ambient AI is About to Devour the Software Industry

Amazon has casually unveiled what could turn into a fundamentally different way to build software.

China Has Never Had a Real Chip Industry. Making AI Chips Could Change That.
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China Has Never Had a Real Chip Industry. Making AI Chips Could Change That.

Donald Trump is speaking Mandarin.
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