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The ­U.S. Is Losing a Major Front to China in the New Cold War
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The ­U.S. Is Losing a Major Front to China in the New Cold War

A swathe of the world is adopting China's vision for a tightly controlled internet over the unfettered American approach, a stunning ideological coup for Beijing...

Facebook and Google Aren't the Only Ones Tracking Your Clicks
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Facebook and Google Aren't the Only Ones Tracking Your Clicks

Criticism of big tech companies that track us across the internet without our informed consent misses a bigger picture: There are hundreds of ad-tracking companies...

The Internet Is Splitting in Two Amid ­.S. Dispute With China
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The Internet Is Splitting in Two Amid ­.S. Dispute With China

Western bigwigs were a no-show at China's biggest web conference. But in their absence, the local overseers of the nation's technology industry were only too happy...

Relax, Google, the Robot Army Isn't Here Yet 
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Relax, Google, the Robot Army Isn't Here Yet 

People can differ on their perceptions of "evil."

Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams
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Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams

Over the past five years, artificial intelligence has gone from perennial vaporware to one of the technology industry's brightest hopes.

I Tried to Get an AI to Write This Story
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I Tried to Get an AI to Write This Story

What a time for artificial intelligence!

The Data Scientist Helping to Create Ethical Robots
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The Data Scientist Helping to Create Ethical Robots

As the lead statistician at the nonprofit Human Rights Data Analysis Group, Kristian Lum, 33, is trying to make sure the algorithms increasingly controlling our...

The 'Terms and Conditions' Reckoning Is Coming
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The 'Terms and Conditions' Reckoning Is Coming

Eleanor Margolis had used PayPal for more than a decade when the online payment provider blocked her account in January. The reason: She was 16 years old when she...

Enough About Cryptocurrency. Let's Talk About Virtual Cats
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Enough About Cryptocurrency. Let's Talk About Virtual Cats

We spend way too much time talking about digital currencies and not nearly enough time on digital cats.

Mark Sagar Made a Baby in His Lab. Now It Plays the Piano
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Mark Sagar Made a Baby in His Lab. Now It Plays the Piano

People get up to weird things in New Zealand.

This Iphone Designer Says No More Screens
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This Iphone Designer Says No More Screens

In June 2016, Tony Fadell, the chief executive officer of Nest and one of the most important hardware executives of his generation, announced that he was leaving...

Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads
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Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads

In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he'd decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small...

An 'interview' With Google's New Digital Assistant
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An 'interview' With Google's New Digital Assistant

Alphabet Inc.'s Google unit introduced a new digital assistant Wednesday. Bloomberg News put the system through its paces by asking questions, some of which were...

Google's Driverless-Car Czar on Taking the Human Out of the Equation
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Google's Driverless-Car Czar on Taking the Human Out of the Equation

You devoted your life to human-driven transportation, engineering SUVs at Ford and taking Hyundai (as U.S. CEO and president) to record levels of sales in the U...

CIA Cyber Official Sees Data Flood as Both Godsend and Danger
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CIA Cyber Official Sees Data Flood as Both Godsend and Danger

When he started at the CIA, Sean Roche recalls how little solid data the U.S. spy agency had on what was going on inside the Kremlin.

Huawei Prepares For Robot Overlords and Communication with the Dead
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Huawei Prepares For Robot Overlords and Communication with the Dead

Chinese technology giant Huawei is preparing for a world where people live forever, dead relatives linger on in computers and robots try to kill humans.

Why a Chatbot Creeped Out Microsoft's AI-Focused Ceo
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Why a Chatbot Creeped Out Microsoft's AI-Focused Ceo

In February, Microsoft Corp. Vice President Derrick Connell visited the Bing search team in Hyderabad, India, to oversee a Monday morning hackathon.

The Apple Fight Isn't About Encryption
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The Apple Fight Isn't About Encryption

The most striking aspect of Apple's message to customers on Tuesday wasn't the rejection of U.S. authorities' demand that the company help them break the encryption...

Google Chairman Thinks AI Can Help Solve World's 'hard Problems'
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Google Chairman Thinks AI Can Help Solve World's 'hard Problems'

Google's chairman thinks artificial intelligence will let scientists solve some of the world’s "hard problems," like population growth, climate change, human development...

Apple's Deep Learning Curve
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Apple's Deep Learning Curve

In the world of artificial intelligence, one of the year's biggest coming-out parties is the Neural Information Processing Systems conference.
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