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Facebook's Calibra Is A Secret Weapon for Monetizing Its New Cryptocurrency
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Facebook's Calibra Is A Secret Weapon for Monetizing Its New Cryptocurrency

Facebook's announcement of a new cryptocurrency, Libra, and the nonprofit association that will oversee it raises questions about the future of global banking and...

Deepmind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own
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Deepmind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own

After decades in the wilderness, AI has swaggered back onto center stage.

The Creators of Siri Just Showed Off Their Next AI Assistant, Viv, and It's Incredible
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The Creators of Siri Just Showed Off Their Next AI Assistant, Viv, and It's Incredible

Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer created the artificial intelligence behind Siri, Apple's iconic digital assistant, and one of the first modern apps to capably handle...

After Alphago, What's Next For Ai?
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After Alphago, What's Next For Ai?

AlphaGo's victories against legendary Go player Lee Se-dol over the last few days mark a major milestone in AI research.

Edward Snowden Issues 'call to Arms' For Tech Companies in Secret Sxsw Meeting
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Edward Snowden Issues 'call to Arms' For Tech Companies in Secret Sxsw Meeting

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was a highlight of last year's SXSW, where he gave one of his first public speeches. This year, Snowden was back at SXSW—but only...

Will the Internet of Things Finally Kill Privacy?
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Will the Internet of Things Finally Kill Privacy?

In the internet of things, the Federal Trade Commission sees the possibility of flourishing new markets. But it also sees a prologue to Black Mirror: in a new report...

The Story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri Killer
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The Story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri Killer

Technically, Cortana isn't supposed to exist for at least another 500 years, but that's not stopping Microsoft from bringing her to life this week.

For Amusement Only: The Life and Death of the American Arcade
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For Amusement Only: The Life and Death of the American Arcade

If you’ve never been inside a "real" arcade, it could be hard to distinguish one from say, oh, a Dave & Buster's. Authenticity is a hard nut to crack, but there...

Rapture of the Nerds: Will the Singularity Turn ­S Into Gods or End the Human Race?
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Rapture of the Nerds: Will the Singularity Turn ­S Into Gods or End the Human Race?

Hundreds of the world’s brightest minds—engineers from Google and IBM, hedge funds quants, and Defense Department contractors building artificial intelligence—were...

Neal Stephenson on Kickstarter, Swordfighting, and the Big Novel's Staying Power
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Neal Stephenson on Kickstarter, Swordfighting, and the Big Novel's Staying Power

The first line in any story about Neal Stephenson will reference his massive, massively complicated, and massively successful novels.
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