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Apple Transforms Central Park Into an Augmented Reality Gallery
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Apple Transforms Central Park Into an Augmented Reality Gallery

Apple has launched an intiative called [AR]T, a curation of augmented reality art featured in a series of guided walks in New York City's Central Park.

Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech
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Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech

U.S. lawmakers are debating Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from liability for user-generated content.

How Jaywalking Could Jam Up the Era of Self-Driving Cars
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How Jaywalking Could Jam Up the Era of Self-Driving Cars

Jaywalking could neutralize self-driving automobiles' purported benefit of reducing traffic congestion, and researchers are considering potential solutions.

And Now, a Bicycle Built for None
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And Now, a Bicycle Built for None

Researchers from Tsinghua University in China have developed a self-driving bicycle.

Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots
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Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots

Autonomous weapons, capable of acting without human oversight, are closer than we think, Walsh believes, and must be banned.

Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech's Grip on Your Data
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Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech's Grip on Your Data

A growing number of academics, economists, technologists, and lawmakers are working to reimagine the current environment in which a few large technology companies...

FaceApp Lets You 'Age' a Photo by Decades. Does It Also Violate Your Privacy?
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FaceApp Lets You 'Age' a Photo by Decades. Does It Also Violate Your Privacy?

Russia-based Wireless Lab's FaceApp recently saw a significant boost in popularity as celebrities used the app's age filter to provide realistic glimpses of what...

With $1 Billion from Microsoft, an AI Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain
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With $1 Billion from Microsoft, an AI Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain

Microsoft has made a $1-billion investment in OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab created by Elon Musk and Sam Altman in 2015.

Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face
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Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face

Many databases of facial images are compiled by companies and researchers without the knowledge or consent of the owners of those faces.

Fernando Corbató, a Father of Your Computer (and Your Password), Dies at 93
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Fernando Corbató, a Father of Your Computer (and Your Password), Dies at 93

Computers, he said, were so expensive to use that any idle time was a huge waste. But with time-sharing, computer time was carefully metered and wasted time all...

Alan Turing Will Be New Face of £50 Note, Bank of England Says
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Alan Turing Will Be New Face of £50 Note, Bank of England Says

Alan Turing will be the face of Britain's new 50-pound note, the Bank of England announced.

The Worm That Nearly Ate the Internet
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The Worm That Nearly Ate the Internet

It infected 10 million computers. So why did cybergeddon never arrive?

How E-Commerce Sites Manipulate You Into Buying Things You May Not Want
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How E-Commerce Sites Manipulate You Into Buying Things You May Not Want

E-commerce websites sometimes use devious techniques to manipulate consumers into purchasing items and online services they may not otherwise want.

Gender Gap in Computer Science Won't Close for 100 Years
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Gender Gap in Computer Science Won't Close for 100 Years

A study by the nonprofit Allen Institute predicts women writing published computer science research will not achieve gender equality in this century.

California Tests a Digital 'Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress
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California Tests a Digital 'Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress

Mindstrong, a Silicon Valley-based venture co-founded by a former director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, is developing an early-warning system...

Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000
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Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000

The city council of Riviera Beach, FL, agreed to pay almost $600,000 in bitcoin to ransom back their computer systems, held hostage by malware for the past three...

Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency
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Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency

Facebook has unveiled a plan to create an alternative financial system that relies on a new cryptocurrency.

Software ­pgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve ­.S. Weather Forecasts
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Software ­pgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve ­.S. Weather Forecasts

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has significantly upgraded the software that guides its weather prediction capability for the first time...

Stanford Team Aims at Alexa, Siri With Privacy-Minded Alternative
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Stanford Team Aims at Alexa, Siri With Privacy-Minded Alternative

Stanford University researchers are designing voice-operated virtual assistants that give users more control over personal information.

Overlooked No More: Alan Turing, Condemned Code Breaker and Computer Visionary
From ACM News

Overlooked No More: Alan Turing, Condemned Code Breaker and Computer Visionary

His ideas led to early versions of modern computing and helped win World War II. Yet he died as a criminal for his homosexuality.
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