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Driverless Cars Are Colliding with the Creepy Trolley Problem
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Driverless Cars Are Colliding with the Creepy Trolley Problem

Philosophers have been gnawing on the infamous Trolley Problem for decades, and it’s always been a purely intellectual exercise with no "right" answer.

How Tetris Explains the Promise of the ­ltimate Algorithm
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How Tetris Explains the Promise of the ­ltimate Algorithm

Pedro Domingos is a serious guy with big ambitions.

The Very Best Ideas For Preventing Artificial Intelligence from Wrecking the Planet
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The Very Best Ideas For Preventing Artificial Intelligence from Wrecking the Planet

The Boston-based Future of Life Institute, backed by a $10 million donation from Elon Musk, recently announced its list of 37 winners of research grants in the....

No One Questions Google's Ability to Innovate, So Why Do Its Moonshots Look Like Money Pits?
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No One Questions Google's Ability to Innovate, So Why Do Its Moonshots Look Like Money Pits?

Consider a question that we have been puzzling over at the World Economic Forum.

Love in the Time of Bots
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Love in the Time of Bots

Convincing people to have a romantic relationship with a computer might be easier than it sounds.

What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph
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What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph

Freeman Dyson, 91, the famed physicist, author and oracle of human destiny, is holding forth after tea-time one February afternoon in the common room of the Institute...

Robots Are Sneaking ­p On Congress (along with Four Other Tech Trends)
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Robots Are Sneaking ­p On Congress (along with Four Other Tech Trends)

One of the best Twitter accounts inside the Beltway or out—belongs to former representativeJohn Dingell (D-Mich.), who announced his retirement with self-effacing...

Driverless Cars Can't Come Soon Enough
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Driverless Cars Can't Come Soon Enough

We all know the tragedy of car accidents.

Some Predict Computers Will Produce a Jobless Future. Here's Why They're Wrong.
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Some Predict Computers Will Produce a Jobless Future. Here's Why They're Wrong.

Will "smart machines" steal our jobs?

10 Bold Predictions For 2014
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10 Bold Predictions For 2014

At the beginning of each year, it's possible to make predictions about the future of the tech sector simply by extrapolating from data in the latest Mary Meeker...

Why Mapping the Human Brain Matters
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Why Mapping the Human Brain Matters

It turns out that President Barack Obama’s head-scratching mention of a project to map the human brain in his most recent State of the Union speech was more than...

What the Baseball Hall of Fame Decision Could Mean For the Singularity
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What the Baseball Hall of Fame Decision Could Mean For the Singularity

If you buy into Ray Kurzweil's vision of the Singularity, then the future is a marvelous place where we’re all physically and mentally enhanced and living longer...

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Rethinking the Soul As the 'net Becomes More Lifelike

Does the Internet have a soul?

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A Hint of Deterrence in ­.s. Drone-War Strategy

Here’s the trickiest counterterrorism puzzle for U.S. policymakers: How do you stop al-Qaeda from attacking the American homeland without getting bogged down...

Robots With the Right Stuff
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Robots With the Right Stuff

Humans are outsourcing space exploration to machines thanks to remarkable technological advances that came about in the second half of the 20th century, writes...
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