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Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough
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Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough

Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab Security and Privacy Institute aims to expand the boundaries of technology and protect people when that technology or its users...

Where Will Science Take Us? To the Stars
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Where Will Science Take Us? To the Stars

After 30 hours of bumping along on planes and buses, at long last I stood in the darkness and gazed upon an immense night sky.

At China’s Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges
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At China’s Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges

Discussion topics included counterterrorism, data breaches, and surveillance.

Another Use for AI: Finding Millions of Unregistered Voters
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Another Use for AI: Finding Millions of Unregistered Voters

IBM's Jeff Jonas has for several years used his artificial intelligence software for a multistate project to identify eligible voters and purge voter rolls of inaccuracies...

Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology, Ethics of AI
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Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology, Ethics of AI

Many U.S. colleges and universities are investing in and expanding artificial intelligence education, confronting new challenges for teaching the discipline.

The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI
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The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI

Scientists are using artificial intelligence to improve data analysis to better understand earthquakes, predict their behavior, and warn of seismic events faster...

Efforts to Acknowledge the Risks of New AI Technology
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Efforts to Acknowledge the Risks of New AI Technology

The ACM Future of Computing Academy is calling for researchers to specify the potentially negative societal aspects of artificial intelligence technologies, as...

A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley
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A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley

"I am convinced the devil lives in our phones."

What Comes After the Roomba?
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What Comes After the Roomba?

It has been 16 years since the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner was introduced by iRobot.

The Computer Chauffeur Is Creeping Closer
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The Computer Chauffeur Is Creeping Closer

With artificial intelligence discreetly improving driving safety, the technology is likely to find its way into luxury vehicles.

Will There Be a Ban on Killer Robots?
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Will There Be a Ban on Killer Robots?

A group of arms control advocates, humans rights groups, and technologists is lobbying the United Nations to craft a global decree that bans autonomous weapons....

U.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections
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U.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections

The United States Cyber Command is targeting individual Russian operatives to try to deter them from spreading disinformation to interfere in elections, telling...

The Next Tech Talent Shortage: Quantum Computing Researchers
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The Next Tech Talent Shortage: Quantum Computing Researchers

U.S. corporations and universities could face a major shortage of qualified quantum computing scientists unless immigration policies and priorities change.

MIT Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1B
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MIT Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1B

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced a plan to establish a new artificial intelligence college.

Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive
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Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive

When Christine Blasey Ford testified before Congress last month about Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault, a website called Right Wing News sprang...

A Goblin World That Points Toward Hidden Planet Nine in the Solar System
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A Goblin World That Points Toward Hidden Planet Nine in the Solar System

Among some astronomers, there is a growing suspicion that our solar system's distant reaches conceal a large, ninth planet that we have not yet seen. New findings...

Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map
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Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map

Hidden pyramids and massive fortresses in the jungle. Farms and canals scattered across swamplands.

The Crisis of Election Security
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The Crisis of Election Security

As the midterms approach, America's electronic voting systems are more vulnerable than ever. Why isn't anyone trying to fix them?

Is a New Russian Meddling Tactic Hiding in Plain Sight?
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Is a New Russian Meddling Tactic Hiding in Plain Sight?

To an untrained eye, USAReally might look like any other fledgling news organization vying for attention in a crowded media landscape.

What China Can Teach the U.S. About Artificial Intelligence
From ACM News

What China Can Teach the U.S. About Artificial Intelligence

Visionary research is no longer the most important element of progress.
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