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Apple's Faceid Could Be a Powerful Tool For Mass Spying
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Apple's Faceid Could Be a Powerful Tool For Mass Spying

This Tuesday Apple unveiled a new line of phones to much fanfare, but one feature immediately fell under scrutiny:FaceID, a tool that would use facial recognition...

Sorry, Banning 'killer Robots' Just Isn't Practical
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Sorry, Banning 'killer Robots' Just Isn't Practical

Late Sunday, 116 entrepreneurs, including Elon Musk, released a letter to the United Nations warning of the dangerous "Pandora's Box" presented by weapons that...

Everyone Thinks That Automation Will Take Our Jobs. The Evidence Disagrees
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Everyone Thinks That Automation Will Take Our Jobs. The Evidence Disagrees

Last year, the Japanese company SoftBank opened a cell phone store in Tokyo and staffed it entirely with sales associates named Pepper. This wasn't as hard as it...

It's Past Time For You to Ditch that Fancy Scientific Calculator
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It's Past Time For You to Ditch that Fancy Scientific Calculator

Bruce Sherwood, the author of Matter and Interactions, had a question for me when I saw him at the American Association of Physics Teachers conference not long...

The Attack on Global Privacy Leaves Few Places to Turn
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The Attack on Global Privacy Leaves Few Places to Turn

Digital privacy has had a very bad summer. As China and Russia move to block virtual private network services, well over a billion people face losing their best...

What Is Ray Kurzweil ­p To at Google? Writing Your Emails
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What Is Ray Kurzweil ­p To at Google? Writing Your Emails

Ray Kurzweil has invented a few things in his time.

AI Will Make Forging Anything Entirely Too Easy
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AI Will Make Forging Anything Entirely Too Easy

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes," said an exasperated James Comey in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8. Comey's desire reflects a...

The Iphone's Turning 10. What Will It Look Like at 20?
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The Iphone's Turning 10. What Will It Look Like at 20?

You wake up refreshed. Ever since you got that alarm clock that adapts to your sleep cycle, your calendar, and the traffic report, you practically leap out of bed...

Humans Can't Expect AI to Just Fight Fake News For Them
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Humans Can't Expect AI to Just Fight Fake News For Them

Here's some news that's not fake: Not everything you can read on the internet is true.

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear
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How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear

Urs Hölzle has a big job.

Who Will Pay For the Future If Not the Robots?
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Who Will Pay For the Future If Not the Robots?

RRobots are taking over the world's workforce—and why shouldn't they?

Facebook's Race to Link Your Brain to a Computer Might Be ­nwinnable
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Facebook's Race to Link Your Brain to a Computer Might Be ­nwinnable

"What if you could type directly from your brain?" Regina Dugan said, as the same words appeared on the towering screen behind her, one digital character at a time...

You've Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented 'almost Everything'
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You've Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented 'almost Everything'


How Steve Wozniak Got Over His Fear of Robots Turning People Into Pets
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How Steve Wozniak Got Over His Fear of Robots Turning People Into Pets

Steve Wozniak is one half of Silicon Valley's most prototypical founder's myth.

The Battle For Top AI Talent Only Gets Tougher From Here
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The Battle For Top AI Talent Only Gets Tougher From Here

Andrew Ng helped create two of Silicon Valley's leading artificial intelligence labs.

No, Microwave Ovens Cannot Spy on You, For Lots of Reasons
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No, Microwave Ovens Cannot Spy on You, For Lots of Reasons

If you've been feeling a little paranoid lately—like even your standing mixer may be spying on you—rest assured that Trump senior counselor Kellyanne Conway shares...

Face It, Meatsack: Pro Gamer Will Be the Only Job Left
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Face It, Meatsack: Pro Gamer Will Be the Only Job Left

Look at economic data closely and the trends aren't pretty: People with elite backgrounds are hoovering up an increasing share of new income and wealth.

Texting and Driving Isn't a Millennial Problem. It's an Engineering Problem
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Texting and Driving Isn't a Millennial Problem. It's an Engineering Problem

Millennials love their smartphones and refuse to drive without them. No amount of fist shaking or age shaming will fix this problem. Banishing distracted driving...

The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class
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The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class

In February 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end of the world...

Lady Gaga's Halftime Show Drones Have a Bright Future
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Lady Gaga's Halftime Show Drones Have a Bright Future

The best Super Bowl halftime shows leave indelible memories, be it a notorious wardrobe malfunction, that goofy Left Shark, or every last second of Beyoncé's two...
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