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Programmers Need Ethics When Designing the Technologies that Influence People's Lives
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Programmers Need Ethics When Designing the Technologies that Influence People's Lives

Computing professionals are on the front lines of almost every aspect of the modern world.

Supreme Court Struggles to Define 'Searches' as Technology Changes
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Supreme Court Struggles to Define 'Searches' as Technology Changes

What the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution means when it protects citizens against an unreasonable search by government agents isn't entirely clear.

Disrupting Pro-ISIS Online 'Ecosystems' Could Help Thwart Real-World Terrorism
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Disrupting Pro-ISIS Online 'Ecosystems' Could Help Thwart Real-World Terrorism

Supporters of the Islamic State, or ISIS, around the world gather online, becoming members of virtual communities in much the same way any of us might join online...

Misinformation and Biases Infect Social Media, Both Intentionally and Accidentally
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Misinformation and Biases Infect Social Media, Both Intentionally and Accidentally

Social media are among the primary sources of news in the U.S. and across the world.

Connected Cars Can Lie, Posing a New Threat to Smart Cities
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Connected Cars Can Lie, Posing a New Threat to Smart Cities

The day when cars can talk to each other—and to traffic lights, stop signs, guardrails and even pavement markings—is rapidly approaching.

What Are These 'Levels' of Autonomous Vehicles?
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What Are These 'Levels' of Autonomous Vehicles?

As automated and autonomous vehicles become more common on U.S. roads, it's worth a look at what these machines can—and can't—do.

It's Not My Fault, My Brain Implant Made Me Do It
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It's Not My Fault, My Brain Implant Made Me Do It

Mr. B loves Johnny Cash, except when he doesn't. Mr. X has watched his doctors morph into Italian chefs right before his eyes.

How Cambridge Analytica's Facebook Targeting Model Really Worked, According to the Person Who Built It
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How Cambridge Analytica's Facebook Targeting Model Really Worked, According to the Person Who Built It

The researcher whose work is at the center of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data analysis and political advertising uproar has revealed that his method worked...

Ready Player One: We Are Surprisingly Close to Realizing Just Such a VR Dystopia
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Ready Player One: We Are Surprisingly Close to Realizing Just Such a VR Dystopia

I was fortunate enough to catch a preview screening of Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's futuristic novel.

Bioengineers Today Emphasize the Crucial Ingredient Dr. Frankenstein Forgot: Responsibility 
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Bioengineers Today Emphasize the Crucial Ingredient Dr. Frankenstein Forgot: Responsibility 

Mary Shelley was 20 when she published "Frankenstein" in 1818. Two hundred years on, the book remains thrilling, challenging and relevant—especially for scientists...

Your Mobile Phone Can Give Away Your Location, Even If You Tell It Not to
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Your Mobile Phone Can Give Away Your Location, Even If You Tell It Not to

U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that servicemembers' digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their workouts—including...

Trust in Digital Technology Will Be the Internet's Next Frontier, For 2018 and Beyond
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Trust in Digital Technology Will Be the Internet's Next Frontier, For 2018 and Beyond

After decades of unbridled enthusiasm—bordering on addiction—about all things digital, the public may be losing trust in technology.

Real Security Requires Strong Encryption–even If Investigators Get Blocked
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Real Security Requires Strong Encryption–even If Investigators Get Blocked

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice have been fighting against easy, widespread public access to encryption technologies for 25 years.

The Only Safe Email Is text-Only email
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The Only Safe Email Is text-Only email

It's troubling to think that at any moment you might open an email that looks like it comes from your employer, a relative or your bank, only to fall for a ...

End-to-End Encryption Isn't Enough Security For 'real people'
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End-to-End Encryption Isn't Enough Security For 'real people'

Government officials continue to seek technology companies' help fighting terrorism and crime. But the most commonly proposed solution would severely limit regular...

Editing Human Embryos with Crispr Is Moving Ahead; Now's the Time to Work Out the Ethics
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Editing Human Embryos with Crispr Is Moving Ahead; Now's the Time to Work Out the Ethics

The announcement by researchers in Portland, Oregon that they've successfully modified the genetic material of a human embryo took some people by surprise.

Asimov's Laws Won't Stop Robots Harming Humans So We've Developed a Better solution
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Asimov's Laws Won't Stop Robots Harming Humans So We've Developed a Better solution

How do you stop a robot from hurting people?

AI Could Kickstart a New Global Arms Race; We Need Better Ways to Govern It Before It's Too Late
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AI Could Kickstart a New Global Arms Race; We Need Better Ways to Govern It Before It's Too Late

There is a lot of money to be made from Artificial Intelligence.

Building Privacy Right Into Software code
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Building Privacy Right Into Software code

When I was 15, my parents did not allow me to use AOL Instant Messenger. All of my friends used it, so I had to find a way around this rule.

Helping or Hacking? Engineers and Ethicists Must Work Together On brain-Computer interface Technology
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Helping or Hacking? Engineers and Ethicists Must Work Together On brain-Computer interface Technology

In the 1995 film "Batman Forever," the Riddler used 3-D television to secretly access viewers' most personal thoughts in his hunt for Batman's true identity.
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