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How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes
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How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes

At one node of the industrial backbone that keeps the internet running, employees sheltered from the worst of Hurricane Irma in a stairwell of a seven-story building...

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains
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Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains

We expect a lot from our computers these days. They should talk to us, recognize everything from faces to flowers, and maybe soon do the driving.

Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow Cassini
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Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow Cassini

For 13 years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent back captivating observations of Saturn, and its rings and moons, solving some mysteries but raising plenty of new...

Lotfi Zadeh, Father of Mathematical 'Fuzzy Logic,' Dies at 96
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Lotfi Zadeh, Father of Mathematical 'Fuzzy Logic,' Dies at 96

Zadeh's theories of "fuzzy logic" rippled across academia and industry.

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles
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As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans.

In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own
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In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own

The robot was perched over a bin filled with random objects, from a box of instant oatmeal to a small toy shark.

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election
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The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

Sometimes an international offensive begins with a few shots that draw little notice.

The Smartphone's Future: It's All About the Camera
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The Smartphone's Future: It's All About the Camera

We all know the drill. For the last decade, smartphones have gotten thinner and faster and thinner and faster and, well, you get the picture.

Why a 24-Year-Old Chipmaker Is One of Tech's Hot Prospects
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Why a 24-Year-Old Chipmaker Is One of Tech's Hot Prospects

Engineers at CTA.ai, an imaging-technology start-up in Poland, are trying to popularize a more comfortable alternative to the colonoscopy.

Calhoun Who? Yale Drops Name of Slavery Advocate for Computer Pioneer
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Calhoun Who? Yale Drops Name of Slavery Advocate for Computer Pioneer

Yale University's Calhoun College today will be dedicated as Hopper College, after Grace Murray Hopper.

How to Regulate Artificial Intelligence
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How to Regulate Artificial Intelligence

The views of Oren Etzioni, chief executive of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

With a Simple DNA Test, Family Histories Are Rewritten
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With a Simple DNA Test, Family Histories Are Rewritten

Bob Hutchinson's mother told him and his siblings almost nothing about her family, no matter how often they asked. "She was good at brushing people off," said Mr...

A Game You Can Control With Your Mind
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A Game You Can Control With Your Mind

When you pull the headset over your eyes and the game begins, you are transported to a tiny room with white walls.

Teaching Kids Coding, by the Book
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Teaching Kids Coding, by the Book

Girls Who Code has arranged a deal with Penguin to release 13 books over the next two years.

A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization
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A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization

Law enforcement officials, technology companies and lawmakers have long tried to limit what they call the "radicalization" of young people over the internet.

The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA's Voyager Probes Across the Universe
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The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA's Voyager Probes Across the Universe

In the early spring of 1977, Larry Zottarelli, a 40-year-old computer engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, set out for Cape Canaveral, Fla....

How AI Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art
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How AI Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

Innovators are using deep neural networks to train machines to produce artwork by analyzing massive datasets. Google researcher Douglas Eck envisions artificial...

Teaching A.I. Systems to Behave Themselves
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Teaching A.I. Systems to Behave Themselves

At OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab founded by Tesla's chief executive, Elon Musk, machines are teaching themselves to behave like humans. But sometimes,...

How A.I. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art
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How A.I. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

In the mid-1990s, Douglas Eck worked as a database programmer in Albuquerque while moonlighting as a musician.

Gene Editing for 'Designer Babies'? Highly Unlikely, Scientists Say
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Gene Editing for 'Designer Babies'? Highly Unlikely, Scientists Say

Now that science is a big step closer to being able to fiddle with the genes of a human embryo, is it time to panic?
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