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How China Got a Head Start in Fintech, and Why the West Won't Catch ­p
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How China Got a Head Start in Fintech, and Why the West Won't Catch ­p

In 2013 I moved from Paris to Beijing to study China's financial system. I stayed for two years and became fluent enough to translate economics books from Mandarin...

For Safety's Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-Connected Things
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For Safety's Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-Connected Things

Smart gadgets are everywhere.

Fake America Great Again
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Fake America Great Again

Guess what? I just got hold of some embarrassing video footage of Texas senator Ted Cruz singing and gyrating to Tina Turner. His political enemies will have great...

The Four Ways that Ex-Internet Idealists Explain Where It All Went Wrong
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The Four Ways that Ex-Internet Idealists Explain Where It All Went Wrong

A long time ago, in the bad old days of the 2000s, debates about the Internet were dominated by two great tribes: the Optimists and the Pessimists.

Future Elections May Be Swayed by Intelligent, Weaponized Chatbots
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Future Elections May Be Swayed by Intelligent, Weaponized Chatbots

The battle against propaganda bots is an arm's race for our democracy. It's one we may be about to lose.

Who Needs Democracy When You Have Data?
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Who Needs Democracy When You Have Data?

In 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an experiment in "electronic democracy," in which a single citizen, selected to represent...

Hackers Are Out to Jeopardize Your Vote
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Hackers Are Out to Jeopardize Your Vote

Russian hackers targeted US electoral systems during the 2016 presidential election.

Why AI Researchers Shouldn't Turn Their Backs on the Military
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Why AI Researchers Shouldn't Turn Their Backs on the Military

More than 2,400 AI researchers recently signed a pledge promising not to build so-called autonomous weapons—systems that would decide on their own whom to kill....

How to Tell If You're Talking to a Bot
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How to Tell If You're Talking to a Bot

Twitter recently took drastic action as part of an effort to slow the spread of misinformation through its platform, shutting down more than two million automated...

This Is How the Robot Uprising Finally Begins
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This Is How the Robot Uprising Finally Begins

The robot arm is performing a peculiar kind of Sisyphean task.

Here's How Hackers Could Cause Chaos in This Year's ­S Midterm Elections
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Here's How Hackers Could Cause Chaos in This Year's ­S Midterm Elections

On November 6, Americans will head to the polls to vote in the congressional midterm elections. In the months before the contest, hordes of foreign hackers will...

Three Problems with Facebook's Plan to Kill Hate Speech ­sing AI
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Three Problems with Facebook's Plan to Kill Hate Speech ­sing AI

Mark Zuckerberg told the US Congress this week that Facebook will increasingly rely on artificial intelligence to catch hate speech spread on the platform.

Here's How the ­S Needs to Prepare for the Age of Artificial Intelligence
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Here's How the ­S Needs to Prepare for the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Politicians worldwide are stealing one of the US government's best ideas by drawing up ambitious plans to make the most of advances in artificial intelligence. ...

Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs
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Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs

I took an Uber to an artificial-­intelligence conference at MIT one recent morning, and the driver asked me how long it would take for autonomous vehicles to take...

Connectivity Hacking Back Makes a Comeback—but It's Still a Really Bad Idea
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Connectivity Hacking Back Makes a Comeback—but It's Still a Really Bad Idea

In spite of the billions of dollars companies collectively spend each year on cyberdefenses, hackers keep defeating them.

Is Technology About to Decimate White-Collar Work?
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Is Technology About to Decimate White-Collar Work?

Kai-Fu Lee, one of China's best-known technologists and investors, thinks artificial intelligence is about to supplant many millions of the country's office workers...

Fiction That Gets AI Right
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Fiction That Gets AI Right

Even the most futuristic applications of AI, from robotic servants to instant health scans, somehow already seem familiar because they have been endless fodder...

Smartphones Are Weapons of Mass Manipulation, and This Guy Is Declaring War on Them
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Smartphones Are Weapons of Mass Manipulation, and This Guy Is Declaring War on Them

If, like an ever-growing majority of people in the U.S., you own a smartphone, you might have the sense that apps in the age of the pocket-sized computer are designed...

Oculus Chief Scientist Speaks About Virtual Reality in the Lab and on Your Face
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Oculus Chief Scientist Speaks About Virtual Reality in the Lab and on Your Face

While many of us are impatient with virtual reality—the best headsets are still too expensive, they need to be tethered to beefy computers, and there isn't all...

The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions
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The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions

We are surrounded by hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence and robotics—hysteria about how powerful they will become, how quickly, and what they...
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