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Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover
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Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

In 2015, Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here...

Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them
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Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them

Automakers are working to develop systems that would enable self-driving cars to avoid hitting large animals such as deer.

Beijing Wants AI to Be Made in China by 2030
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Beijing Wants AI to Be Made in China by 2030

The country laid out a development plan on Thursday to become the world leader in A.I. by 2030.

Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead
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Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead

The computers in modern data centers—the engine rooms of the digital economy—are powered mainly by Intel chips.

Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA
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Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA

A video clip of a galloping horse, one of the first motion pictures ever made, is now also the first movie ever to be encoded in the DNA of a living cell, where...

Hackers Find 'Ideal Testing Ground' for Attacks: Developing Countries
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Hackers Find 'Ideal Testing Ground' for Attacks: Developing Countries

The attack had the hallmarks of something researchers had dreaded for years: malicious software using artificial intelligence that could lead to a new digital arms...

As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency
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As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency

In a bygone analog era, lawmakers and corporate chiefs traveled great distances to swap secrets, to the smoke-filled back rooms of the World Economic Forum in Davos...

Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs
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Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs

The rise of robots has long been a topic for sci-fi best sellers and video games and, as of this week, a threat officially taken seriously by central bankers.

That Ball Was Hit a Country Mile, or 495 Feet if You're Into Hard Data
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That Ball Was Hit a Country Mile, or 495 Feet if You're Into Hard Data

Spoiler alert: If you wish to continue enjoying gargantuan home runs in the future with unspoiled pleasure, free of all polynomial equations, read no further. If...

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms
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How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools...

Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way
From ACM News

Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way

The world's biggest and most expensive time machine is running again.

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels
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Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows?

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS
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U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS

America's fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have in recent years blown up nuclear centrifuges in Iran and turned to computer code and electronic warfare ...

Robot Cars Can't Count on Us in an Emergency
From ACM TechNews

Robot Cars Can't Count on Us in an Emergency

Many automotive technologists are skeptical that autonomous cars will be able to trust humans in emergency situations.

The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas
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The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas

In April, a photograph of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o taken at a Miu Miu fashion show three years ago began recirculating online.

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89
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Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

Jean E. Sammet, an early software engineer and a designer of COBOL, a programming language that brought computing into the business mainstream, died on May 20 in...

Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away
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Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away

The void is rocking and rolling with invisible cataclysms.

Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?
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Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?

Sören Schwertfeger finished his postdoctorate research on autonomous robots in Germany, and seemed set to go to Europe or the United States, where artificial intelligence...

What Self-Driving Cars See
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What Self-Driving Cars See

Giant tech companies are fighting over the technology in court. Start-ups around the world are racing to develop new versions of it. And engineers say it is essential...

Google's AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win for AI
From ACM TechNews

Google's AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win for AI

Google DeepMind's AlphaGo program beat a Chinese world champion in the first of three Go games held this week.
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