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What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science
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What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science

Several experts rebut a former Google employee's conceit that innate biological differences underlie female software engineers' underrepresentation in the tech...

The Quest to Perfect the ­niversal Language of Science
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The Quest to Perfect the ­niversal Language of Science

For millennia, humans have turned to the sky to tell time.

Watch Hackers Hijack Three Robots For Spying and Espionage
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Watch Hackers Hijack Three Robots For Spying and Espionage

The entire corpus of science fiction has trained humanity to fear the day when helpful household and industrial robots turn against it, in a Skynet-style uprising...

Google's New AI Learns By Baking Tasty Machine Learning Cookies
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Google's New AI Learns By Baking Tasty Machine Learning Cookies

Google Vizier is an artificial intelligence system that automatically tunes other artificial intelligence programs.

To Fix Voting Machines, Hackers Tear Them Apart
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To Fix Voting Machines, Hackers Tear Them Apart

The toughest thing to convey to newcomers at the DefCon Voting Village in Las Vegas this weekend? Just how far they could go with hacking voting machines set up...

New Nasa Tech Kills Trespassing Drones Without Touching Them
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New Nasa Tech Kills Trespassing Drones Without Touching Them

In the most nightmarish drone scenarios, one of the little whirlybirds flies into an airliner, or wanders into military airspace, or swoops down on the White House...

To End Distracted Driving, Mit Figures Out How People Really Drive
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To End Distracted Driving, Mit Figures Out How People Really Drive

Researchers are producing accurate models of people's behavior in cars, in order to shape that behavior to preserve safety.

Two Giants of AI Team ­p to Head Off the Robot Apocalypse
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Two Giants of AI Team ­p to Head Off the Robot Apocalypse

There's nothing new about worrying that superintelligent machines may endanger humanity, but the idea has lately become hard to avoid.

How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab For Cyberwar
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How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab For Cyberwar

The clocks read zero when the lights went out.

Facebook Teaches Bots How to Negotiate. They Learn to Lie Instead
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Facebook Teaches Bots How to Negotiate. They Learn to Lie Instead

Newly released code purportedly will enable bots to negotiate.

The Pentagon Looks to Videogames For the Future of War
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The Pentagon Looks to Videogames For the Future of War

The first real computer, the ENIAC, was built in 1946. The first computer war game appeared two years later.

Everything We Know About Russia's Election-Hacking Playbook
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Everything We Know About Russia's Election-Hacking Playbook

Just when the cybersecurity world thinks it's found the limits of how far Russian hackers will go to meddle in foreign elections, a new clue emerges that suggests...

An IBM Breakthrough Ensures Silicon Will Keep Shrinking
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An IBM Breakthrough Ensures Silicon Will Keep Shrinking

The limits of silicon have not been reached quite yet.

Banned From the ­s? There's a Robot For That
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Banned From the ­s? There's a Robot For That

Two telepresence robots roll into a human-computer interaction conference.

Russian Hackers Are ­sing 'tainted' Leaks to Sow Disinformation
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Russian Hackers Are ­sing 'tainted' Leaks to Sow Disinformation

Over the past year, the Kremlin's strategy of weaponizing leaks to meddle with democracies around the world has become increasingly clear, first in the US and more...

A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the ­itimate Sequencer
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A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the ­itimate Sequencer

The world's largest genetics research center isn't at Harvard or Stanford or even the NIH. It's a 20-mile drive from Hong Kong International Airport, in the bustling...

Google's AI Invents Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before
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Google's AI Invents Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before

Google researchers have found a way to use artificial intelligence to produce entirely new sounds.

The Bizarre Quantum Test That Could Keep Your Data Secure
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The Bizarre Quantum Test That Could Keep Your Data Secure

Researchers have been testing the existence of quantum entanglement for several years.

Charles Babbage Left a Computer Program in Turin in 1840. Here It Is.
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Charles Babbage Left a Computer Program in Turin in 1840. Here It Is.

In autumn of 1840, Charles Babbage arrived in Turin for a meeting of Italian scientists, where he gave the only public explanation of the workings of his "Analytical...

How Nasa Visualizes Stunning Worlds Without Really Seeing Them
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How Nasa Visualizes Stunning Worlds Without Really Seeing Them

Everyone likes a good space photo.
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