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Let's Use the Government's Massive Databases to Make Better Policy
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Let's Use the Government's Massive Databases to Make Better Policy

Members of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking appear before Congress this week to present their final report (pdf). 

What We Know about the Climate Change-Hurricane Connection
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What We Know about the Climate Change-Hurricane Connection

With Texas just beginning to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and the Southeastern U.S. preparing for Hurricane Irma's iminent arrival, people...

Is the Power Grid Getting More Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks?
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Is the Power Grid Getting More Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks?

Two weeks ago it was cyberattacks on the Irish power grid. Last month it was a digital assault on U.S. energy companies, including a nuclear power plant. Back in...

Magical Technologies Just over the Horizon
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Magical Technologies Just over the Horizon

We the people have always been helplessly drawn to the concept of magic: the notion that you can will something to happen by wiggling your nose, speaking special...

Preserving the Right to Cognitive Liberty
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Preserving the Right to Cognitive Liberty

The idea of the human mind as the domain of absolute protection from external intrusion has persisted for centuries.

Profile of Claude Shannon, Inventor of Information Theory
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Profile of Claude Shannon, Inventor of Information Theory

Claude Shannon couldn't sit still.

Is Anyone Home? A Way to Find Out If AI Has Become Self-Aware
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Is Anyone Home? A Way to Find Out If AI Has Become Self-Aware

Every moment of your waking life and whenever you dream, you have the distinct inner feeling of being "you."

Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom
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Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom

As recent high school graduates prepare for their migration to college in the fall, one item is sure to top most students' shopping wish lists: a laptop computer...

20 Years after Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess
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20 Years after Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess

Twenty years ago IBM's Deep Blue computer stunned the world by becoming the first machine to beat a reigning world chess champion in a six-game match.

I Never Thought I'd be Marching for Science
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I Never Thought I'd be Marching for Science

But the anti-science stance of the current administration — silencing scientists, removing data from federal websites, proposing drastic funding cuts — hits my...

Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI
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Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI

Watch enough science fiction movies and you'll probably come to the conclusion that humans are living on borrowed time.

The Ultimate Cure for the Fake-News Epidemic Will Be More Skeptical Readers
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The Ultimate Cure for the Fake-News Epidemic Will Be More Skeptical Readers

"Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President." "FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead of Apparent Murder-Suicide." "Rush Reveals...

When It Comes to Safety, Autonomous Cars Are Still 'Teen Drivers'
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When It Comes to Safety, Autonomous Cars Are Still 'Teen Drivers'

Automakers ask drivers to trust and share U.S. roadways with autonomous vehicles, but there is no easy answer as to when they will be considered "safe."

DARPA's Biotech Chief Says 2017 Will 'Blow Our Minds'
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DARPA's Biotech Chief Says 2017 Will 'Blow Our Minds'

The Pentagon's research and development division, DARPA—the creative force behind the internet and GPS—retooled itself three years ago to create a new office dedicated...

Trump's First 100 Days: Technology, Privacy and Intelligence 
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Trump's First 100 Days: Technology, Privacy and Intelligence 

President-elect Donald Trump's views on technology and tech policy were not prominent campaign features on his contentious path to the White House.

Trump's Plans to Shake Up the Tech World
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Trump's Plans to Shake Up the Tech World

Donald Trump's ascension to the White House had very little to do with his views on the spread of high-speed broadband, wireless spectrum allocation—or any number...

Richard Dawkins and Other Prominent Scientists React to Trump's Win
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Richard Dawkins and Other Prominent Scientists React to Trump's Win

This week the U.S. elected businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump as its 45th president. As Scientific American has reported in the run-up to the election...

Why Robots Must Learn to Tell Us 'No'
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Why Robots Must Learn to Tell Us 'No'

HAL 9000, the sentient computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey, offers an ominous glimpse of a future in which machines endowed with artificial intelligence reject human...

E-Voting Refuses to Die Even Though It's Neither Secure Nor Secret
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E-Voting Refuses to Die Even Though It's Neither Secure Nor Secret

In theory, using the internet or e-mail to vote for the U.S. president sounds like a good idea.

AI Is Not Out to Get Us
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AI Is Not Out to Get Us

Elon Musk's new plan to go all-in on self-driving vehicles puts a lot of faith in the artificial intelligence needed to ensure his Teslas can read and react to...
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