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A Second 737 Max Crash Raises Questions about Airplane Automation
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A Second 737 Max Crash Raises Questions about Airplane Automation

As you read this, over a million people are in flight. Close to a third of the commercial airplanes in the sky at any given moment are Boeing 737s: it is the best...

Five Emerging Cyber-Threats to Worry About in 2019
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Five Emerging Cyber-Threats to Worry About in 2019

Last year was full of cybersecurity disasters, from the revelation of security flaws in billions of microchips to massive data breaches and attacks using malicious...

When Chinese Hackers Declared War on the Rest of Us
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When Chinese Hackers Declared War on the Rest of Us

Late one Wednesday in March 2015, an alarm sounded in the offices of GitHub, a San Francisco-based software firm. The company's offices exemplified the kind of...

Never Mind Killer Robots; Here Are Six Real AI Dangers to Watch Out for in 2019
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Never Mind Killer Robots; Here Are Six Real AI Dangers to Watch Out for in 2019

Once it was fashionable to fret about the prospect of super-intelligent machines taking over the world. The past year showed that AI may cause all sorts of hazards...

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

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...

The Man Turning China Into a Quantum Superpower
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The Man Turning China Into a Quantum Superpower

On September 29, 2017, a Chinese satellite known as Micius made possible an unhackable videoconference between Vienna and Beijing, two cities half a world apart...

CRISPR Inventor Feng Zhang Calls for Moratorium on Gene-Edited Babies
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CRISPR Inventor Feng Zhang Calls for Moratorium on Gene-Edited Babies

Feng Zhang, one of the inventors of the gene-editing technique CRISPR, has called for a global moratorium on using the technology to create gene-edited babies. ...

One of the Fathers of AI Is Worried About Its Future
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One of the Fathers of AI Is Worried About Its Future

Yoshua Bengio is a grand master of modern artificial intelligence.

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.

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....

The US May Have Just Pulled Even with China in the Race to Build Supercomputing's Next Big Thing
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The US May Have Just Pulled Even with China in the Race to Build Supercomputing's Next Big Thing

There was much celebrating in America last month when the US Department of Energy unveiled Summit, the world's fastest supercomputer. Now the race is on to achieve...

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

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...
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