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Yoshua Bengio, Revered Architect of AI, Has Some Ideas About What to Build Next
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Yoshua Bengio, Revered Architect of AI, Has Some Ideas About What to Build Next

The Turing Award winner wants AI systems that can reason, plan, and imagine

­Untold History of AI: The DARPA Dreamer Who Aimed for Cyborg Intelligence
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­Untold History of AI: The DARPA Dreamer Who Aimed for Cyborg Intelligence

At 10:30pm on 29 October 1969, a graduate student at UCLA sent a two-letter message from an SDS Sigma 7 computer to another machine a few hundred miles away at...

Forging Voices and Faces: The Dangers of Audio and Video Fabrication
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Forging Voices and Faces: The Dangers of Audio and Video Fabrication

In 1963, before he could give the speech he'd prepared for his trip to Dallas, U.S. president John F. Kennedy was assassinated. In March 2018, a company re-created...

To Illustrate the Dangers of Cyberwarfare, the Army Is Turning to Sci-Fi
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To Illustrate the Dangers of Cyberwarfare, the Army Is Turning to Sci-Fi

At first glance, Dark Hammer looks a lot like any other science fiction comic book: On the front cover, a drone flies over a river dividing a city with damaged...

Computing With Random Pulses Promises to Simplify Circuitry and Save Power
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Computing With Random Pulses Promises to Simplify Circuitry and Save Power

In electronics, the past halfcentury has been a steady march away from analog and toward digital. Telephony, music recording and playback, cameras, and radio and...

Q&a: The Ethics of ­sing Brain Implants to ­pgrade Yourself
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Q&a: The Ethics of ­sing Brain Implants to ­pgrade Yourself

Neurotechnology is one of the hottest areas of engineering, and the technological achievements sound miraculous: Paralyzed people have controlled robotic limbs and ...

How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race
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How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race

In October 2016, inside a sold-out arena in Zurich, a man named Numa Poujouly steered his wheelchair up to the central podium.

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google
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Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google

As excited as we are about the forthcoming generation of social home robots (including Jibo, Kuri, and many others), it's hard to ignore the fact that most of them...

Human-Level AI Is Right Around the Corner, or Hundreds of Years Away
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Human-Level AI Is Right Around the Corner, or Hundreds of Years Away

Artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly, and its impact on our daily lives will only increase.

Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at X, on the Future of Ai, Robots, and Coffeemakers
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Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at X, on the Future of Ai, Robots, and Coffeemakers

Astro Teller has an unusual way of starting a new project: He tries to kill it.

Beyond Touch: Tomorrow's Devices Will ­se Mems ­ltrasound to Hear Your Gestures
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Beyond Touch: Tomorrow's Devices Will ­se Mems ­ltrasound to Hear Your Gestures

Today, we control our electronic world by touch—we tap, we swipe, we pinch and zoom.

The Security Challenges of Online Voting Have Not Gone Away
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The Security Challenges of Online Voting Have Not Gone Away

Online voting is sometimes heralded as a solution to all our election headaches.

Linux at 25: Q&a With Linus Torvalds
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Linux at 25: Q&a With Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds created the original core of the Linux operating system in 1991 as a computer science student at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

What Would Marvin Minsky Read?
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What Would Marvin Minsky Read?

Marvin Minsky was one of the founders of artificial intelligence, and with John McCarthy, he created MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory...

Why Fully Autonomous Robot Cars Hail from the 20th Century
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Why Fully Autonomous Robot Cars Hail from the 20th Century

A vision of fully autonomous, self-driving cars allowing human owners to nap or read in the car seems to come from the future.

Openbci: Control An Air Shark With Your Mind
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Openbci: Control An Air Shark With Your Mind

Le's be clear: This is a parlor trick, not neuroscience. Nonetheless, with the help of some friends, I was able to make a toy shark fly through the air using brain...

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges.

Why Teaching a Robot to Fetch a Cup of Coffee Matters
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Why Teaching a Robot to Fetch a Cup of Coffee Matters

In robotics, as in life, it often takes small steps to reach a big goal.

Steve Mann: My 'augmediated' Life
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Steve Mann: My 'augmediated' Life

Back in 2004, I was awakened early one morning by a loud clatter. I ran outside, only to discover that a car had smashed into the corner of my house.

Why Smart Glasses Might Not Make You Smarter
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Why Smart Glasses Might Not Make You Smarter

Steve Mann built his first smart eyeglasses when he was still in high school and has continued to improve on his designs ever since—as a graduate student at MIT...
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