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To Beat Go Champion, Google's Program Needed a Human Army
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To Beat Go Champion, Google's Program Needed a Human Army

Nearly 20 years ago, after a chess-playing computer called Deep Blue beat the world grandmaster Garry Kasparov, I wrote an article about why humans would long remain...

Should Hackers Help the F.b.i.?
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Should Hackers Help the F.b.i.?

The United States Justice Department announced this week that it was able to unlock the iPhone used by the gunman in the San Bernardino shooting in December, and...

Apple Policy on Bugs May Explain Why Hackers Would Help F.b.i.
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Apple Policy on Bugs May Explain Why Hackers Would Help F.b.i.

After a third party went to the F.B.I. with claims of being able to unlock an iPhone, many in the security industry said they were not surprised that the thirdApple...

Inside Apple Ceo Tim Cook's Fight With the Fbi
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Inside Apple Ceo Tim Cook's Fight With the Fbi


Where Computers Defeat Humans, and Where They Can't
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Where Computers Defeat Humans, and Where They Can't

ALPHAGO, the artificial intelligence system built by the Google subsidiary DeepMind, has just defeated the human champion, Lee Se-dol, four games to one in the...

Europe's Antitrust Enforcer on Google, Apple and the Year Ahead
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Europe's Antitrust Enforcer on Google, Apple and the Year Ahead

Margrethe Vestager is already having a busy 2016.

A Plan in Case Robots Take the Jobs: Give Everyone a Paycheck
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A Plan in Case Robots Take the Jobs: Give Everyone a Paycheck

Let's say computers come for most of our jobs. This may not seem likely at the moment; computer scientists and economists offer wildly varying ideas for how deeply...

To Keep America Safe, Embrace Drone Warfare
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To Keep America Safe, Embrace Drone Warfare

"Are you sure they're there?" the decision maker asks. "They" are Qaeda operatives who have been planning attacks against the United States.

Congress Starts to Get Serious About Online Privacy
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Congress Starts to Get Serious About Online Privacy

Congress could soon vote on a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to get a search warrant from a judge to obtain emails, photographs and other documents...

The End of Work?
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The End of Work?

Welcome to the era of AI-human hybrid intelligence, where people and artificial intelligence systems work together seamlessly.

Eric Schmidt on How to Build a Better Web
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Eric Schmidt on How to Build a Better Web

Turning Point: The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria declares a war on Twitter.

European Ruling Is Merely a Symbolic Victory For Privacy
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European Ruling Is Merely a Symbolic Victory For Privacy

A decision on Tuesday by the European Union’s highest court, striking down an agreement between the E.U. and the United States that allows companies like Facebook...

Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.
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Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.

College students tell me they know how to look someone in the eye and type on their phones at the same time, their split attention undetected.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love A.i.
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love A.i.

The distinction between man and machine is under siege.

Robot Weapons: What's the Harm?
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Robot Weapons: What's the Harm?

Last month over a thousand scientists and tech-world luminaries, including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak, released an open letter calling for a global...

When Phone Encryption Blocks Justice
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When Phone Encryption Blocks Justice

In June, a father of six was shot dead on a Monday afternoon in Evanston, Ill., a suburb 10 miles north of Chicago.

With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search
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With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search

Shortly after its founding, Google posted a document on its site called "Ten things we know to be true," an effort to distill its unusual corporate culture into...

'right to Be Forgotten' Online Is Poised to Spread
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'right to Be Forgotten' Online Is Poised to Spread

More than a year ago, in a decision that stunned many American Internet companies, Europe's highest court ruled that search engines were required to grant an unusual...

The Web-Connected Car Is Cool, ­ntil Hackers Cut Your Brakes
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The Web-Connected Car Is Cool, ­ntil Hackers Cut Your Brakes

When the history of the connected car is written, this week may go down as a pivotal moment for consumers worried about security.

We Are Data: The Future of Machine Intelligence
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We Are Data: The Future of Machine Intelligence

I look at apps like Grindr and Tinder and see how they’ve rewritten sex culture—by creating a sexual landscape filled with vast amounts of incredibly graphic site...
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