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Autonomous Weapons Would Take Warfare to a New Domain, Without Humans
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Autonomous Weapons Would Take Warfare to a New Domain, Without Humans

Killer robots have been a staple of TV and movies for decades, from Westworld to The Terminator series. But in the real world, killer robots are officially known...

An Ode to Insignificance: Buttons, Touchscreens, and Other Dangerous Technologies
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An Ode to Insignificance: Buttons, Touchscreens, and Other Dangerous Technologies

"The future is already here—it's just not evenly distributed," is an often-quoted line from the brilliant science-fiction writer William Gibson.

This 'Gray Hat' Hacker Breaks Into Your Car, to Prove a Point
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This 'Gray Hat' Hacker Breaks Into Your Car, to Prove a Point

Cybercrime is expanding beyond computers and cellphones. Cars, washers and dryers, and even toasters are going online—an evolution of technology called the ...

The Father of the Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through a 'Black Mirror'
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The Father of the Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through a 'Black Mirror'

In 1984, two men were thinking a lot about the Internet. One of them invented it. The other is an artist who would see its impact on society with uncanny prescience...

Computational Propaganda: Bots, Targeting, and the Future
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Computational Propaganda: Bots, Targeting, and the Future

A long time ago, when I was working on my Ph.D. research, I learned to use supercomputers to track the complex 3-D motions of gas blown into space by dying stars...

Learning to Spot Fake News: Start with a Gut Check
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Learning to Spot Fake News: Start with a Gut Check

Which of these statements seems more trustworthy to you?

President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'hire American' Too
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President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'hire American' Too

The same week that President Trump issued his hire American executive order, the president of one of China's top tech companies said his company wants to do the...

Will Algorithms Erode Our Decision-Making Skills?
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Will Algorithms Erode Our Decision-Making Skills?

Algorithms are embedded into our technological lives, helping accomplish a variety of tasks like making sure that email makes it to your aunt or that you're matched...

Despite Its Promise, the Internet of Things Remains Vulnerable
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Despite Its Promise, the Internet of Things Remains Vulnerable

More and more of the things we use every day are being connected to the Internet.

Before Apple And Facebook, There Was Something More Revolutionary
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Before Apple And Facebook, There Was Something More Revolutionary

It's easy to think that the modern era in communication began in the 1990s with the birth of the Internet.

Remembering a Thinker Who Thought About Thinking
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Remembering a Thinker Who Thought About Thinking

The field of educational technology is mourning a visionary whose work was considered 50 years ahead of its time.

If To Err Is Human, Should Technology Help Us Shed Some Humanity?
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If To Err Is Human, Should Technology Help Us Shed Some Humanity?

By all accounts, technology has made us safer.

Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet
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Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet

Alex Gibney's new documentary, Zero Days, looks at the Stuxnet worm—a cyber weapon developed by the U.S. and Israel.

After Moore's Law: Predicting The Future Beyond Silicon Chips
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After Moore's Law: Predicting The Future Beyond Silicon Chips

For several decades now, Georgia Tech professor Tom Conte has been studying how to improve computers: "How do we make them faster and more efficient next time around...

Grandfather of Vr: The Virtual Can Show the Beauty of the Real
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Grandfather of Vr: The Virtual Can Show the Beauty of the Real

Thomas Furness is known as the pioneer who stood at the inception of what we know today as virtual reality.

What Machines Can Learn from People and We Can Learn from Them
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What Machines Can Learn from People and We Can Learn from Them

Guruduth Banavar is an executive at IBM leading the team developing a new generation of cognitive systems—don't call it artificial intelligence—known as Watson.

Apple Ceo Tim Cook: 'privacy Is a Fundamental Human Right'
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Apple Ceo Tim Cook: 'privacy Is a Fundamental Human Right'

Apple has long touted the power and design of its devices, but recently the world's most valuable company has been emphasizing another feature: privacy.

How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?
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How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?

From Rosie, the Jetsons' robot maid, to Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg in The Terminator, popular culture has frequently conceived of robots as having a human-like...

An Npr Reporter Raced a Machine to Write a News Story. Who Won?
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An Npr Reporter Raced a Machine to Write a News Story. Who Won?

Even the most creative jobs have parts that are pretty routine—tasks that, at least in theory, can be done by a machine. Take, for example, being a reporter.

Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs
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Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

From the self-checkout aisle of the grocery store to the sports section of the newspaper, robots and computer software are increasingly taking the place of humans...
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