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AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'
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AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'

Yoshua Bengio is one of three computer scientists who last week shared the US$1-million A. M. Turing award—one of the field's top prizes.

Dreaming of Death Rays: The Search for Laser Weapons
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Dreaming of Death Rays: The Search for Laser Weapons

Lasers first emerged nearly 60 years ago, but the idea of using powerful beams of heat or light is hardly new.

Science Candidates Prevail in ­S Midterm Elections
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Science Candidates Prevail in ­S Midterm Elections

Results from the United States' midterm elections are still pouring in, but a handful of candidates with backgrounds in science or technology have already nabbed...

Trolling, Hacking and the 2016 ­S Presidential Election
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Trolling, Hacking and the 2016 ­S Presidential Election

Late in 2016, then-US President Barack Obama mused in an interview with The New Yorker magazine that he had probably been elected because his campaign had begun...

The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal
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The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal

In the midst of growing public concern over artificial intelligence (AI), privacy and the use of data, Brent Hecht has a controversial proposal: the computer-science...

Regulate Artificial Intelligence to Avert Cyber Arms Race
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Regulate Artificial Intelligence to Avert Cyber Arms Race

Cyberattacks are becoming more frequent, sophisticated and destructive. Each day in 2017, the United States suffered, on average, more than 4,000 ransomware attacks...

Cambridge Analytica Controversy Must Spur Researchers to Update Data Ethics
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Cambridge Analytica Controversy Must Spur Researchers to Update Data Ethics

Revelations keep emerging in the Cambridge Analytica personal-data scandal, which has captured global public attention for more than a week. But when the dust settles...

Does Your Code Stand ­p to Scrutiny?
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Does Your Code Stand ­p to Scrutiny?

Computer code written by scientists forms the basis of an increasing number of studies across many fields—and an increasing number of papers that report the results...

How to Make Replication the Norm
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How to Make Replication the Norm

Replication is essential for building confidence in research studies, yet it is still the exception rather than the rule.

Metrology Is Key to Reproducing Results
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Metrology Is Key to Reproducing Results

Imagine you are a policymaker who needs to know how much carbon is stored in the South American forest.

Image Doctoring Must Be Halted
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Image Doctoring Must Be Halted

Seven years ago, a cover of The Economist showed Barack Obama, head down on a Louisiana beach in front of an oil rig—the picture of lonely despair.

Five Hacks For Digital Democracy
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Five Hacks For Digital Democracy

The election of a politically inexperienced president in the United States, Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the initial rejection of a peace deal...

Track How Technology Is Transforming Work
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Track How Technology Is Transforming Work

Advances in technology pose huge challenges for jobs. Productivity levels have never been higher in the United States, for example, but income for the bottom 50...

Nasa Science Chief: 'i Have No Worries About the Resilience of This Country'
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Nasa Science Chief: 'i Have No Worries About the Resilience of This Country'

Solar physicist Thomas Zurbuchen became NASA's science chief in October, replacing astronaut John Grunsfeld. Just one month later, the US political system wentwhen...

There Is a Blind Spot in AI Research
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There Is a Blind Spot in AI Research

This week, the White House published its report on the future of artificial intelligence (AI)—a product of four workshops held between May and July 2016 in Seattle...

Why Big Pharma Wants to Collect 2 Million Genomes
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Why Big Pharma Wants to Collect 2 Million Genomes

Five months after announcing its intentions to gather genome sequences from 2 million people, pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has selected geneticist David Goldstein...

Why Scientists Must Share Their Research Code
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Why Scientists Must Share Their Research Code

Many scientists worry over the reproducibility of wet-lab experiments, but data scientist Victoria Stodden's focus is on how to validate computational research:...

Obama's Science Legacy: Betting Big on Biomedical Science
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Obama's Science Legacy: Betting Big on Biomedical Science

When president-elect Barack Obama chose physicist John Holdren as his top science adviser in December 2008, some biomedical researchers worried that the pick signalled...

Take Responsibility For Electronic-Waste Disposal
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Take Responsibility For Electronic-Waste Disposal

The world is producing ever more electrical and electronic waste.

The Physicist Who Studies Isis Communities Online
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The Physicist Who Studies Isis Communities Online

Neil Johnson, a physicist at the University of Miami in Florida, studies patterns that emerge in complex systems.
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