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Why the Iphone X's Face Id Is a Terrible Way to Secure Your Data
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Why the Iphone X's Face Id Is a Terrible Way to Secure Your Data

The new iPhone X puts face recognition front and centre. Why? Because it is the quickest and easiest way to unlock your phone.

Who Do We Think We Are?
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Who Do We Think We Are?

"Death, be not proud, though some have called thee; Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow; Die not, poor Death...

Robots Will Be More Useful If They Are Made to Lack Confidence
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Robots Will Be More Useful If They Are Made to Lack Confidence

Confidence in your abilities is usually a good thing—as long as you can recognise when it's time to ask for help.

War By Any Means: The Story of DARPA
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War By Any Means: The Story of DARPA

Shortly after arriving at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in April 1958, the new chief scientist presented a plan to the agency's director.

Marconi Forged Today's Interconnected World of Communication
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Marconi Forged Today's Interconnected World of Communication

At Guglielmo Marconi's grand state funeral in Rome in 1937—orchestrated with military-style pomp by the black-shirted Benito Mussolini—the largest wreath on the...

How Alan Turing Found Machine Thinking in the Human Mind
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How Alan Turing Found Machine Thinking in the Human Mind

In 1935, Alan Turing set out to build a reputation by outflanking the world's leading mathematician.

Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI
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Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI

Artificial intelligence—what's the worst that can happen? For Roman Yampolskiy, a computer scientist at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, the sky’s the...

I'm the First Quadriplegic Person to Regain Thought-Control of My Arm
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I'm the First Quadriplegic Person to Regain Thought-Control of My Arm

I'm the first quadriplegic person in the world to use my own thoughts to control my own arm. It's a pretty neat experience.

Explosive Golf Video Game Has the Best Physics Simulation Ever
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Explosive Golf Video Game Has the Best Physics Simulation Ever

Before teeing off, I take a few seconds to line up the shot.

The Hot New Job in Silicon Valley Is Being a Robot's Assistant
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The Hot New Job in Silicon Valley Is Being a Robot's Assistant

"I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords." So goes the joke every time artificial intelligence threatens to supersede humans in another job.

The Master Algorithm: A World Remade By Machines that Learn
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The Master Algorithm: A World Remade By Machines that Learn

Pedro Domingos's new book is a compelling but rather unquestioning insider view of the search for the ultimate in machine learning.

Psychiatry Is Reinventing Itself Thanks to Advances in Biology
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Psychiatry Is Reinventing Itself Thanks to Advances in Biology

A revolution is under way in psychiatry. The science underpinning this discipline has in the past shifted from psychology to pharmacology, and now it is changing...

Work in an Age of Robots
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Work in an Age of Robots

What you are about to read was written by a human. Honest.

Fear Artificial Stupidity, Not Artificial Intelligence
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Fear Artificial Stupidity, Not Artificial Intelligence

It is not often that you are obliged to proclaim a much-loved genius wrong, but in his alarming prediction on artificial intelligence and the future of humankind...

Forget Turing—i Want to Test Computer Creativity
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Forget Turing—i Want to Test Computer Creativity

What are the elements of the Turing test?

How Big Data Algorithms See Us—while They Eat US Up
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How Big Data Algorithms See Us—while They Eat US Up

Four years ago I interviewed Sam Yagan, then CEO of OKCupid, about the mathematics underlying his free matchmaking site.

What It's Like to Fly Passenger Planes from the Ground
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What It's Like to Fly Passenger Planes from the Ground

Bob Fraser explains what it feels like to pilot a Jetstream airliner containing passengers on 800-kilometre trips from his desk at BAE Systems in Warton, U.K.

Defending the Grand Vision of the Human Brain Project
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Defending the Grand Vision of the Human Brain Project

"A grass roots effort is under way to stop the project... 'Mediocre science, terrible science policy,' begins the spirited letter…"

Dobby, Pikachu, and Kermit Are My Robots' Role Models
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Dobby, Pikachu, and Kermit Are My Robots' Role Models

Humanoid robots aren't very charismatic yet.

My Duolingo Learning App Can Reshape Education
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My Duolingo Learning App Can Reshape Education

Duolingo users are making new courses for people who speak Asian languages like Chinese and Hindi. How does that work?
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