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What I Learned at Gerrymandering Summer Camp
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What I Learned at Gerrymandering Summer Camp

At 6'5", Aaron Dennis towers over the whiteboard beside him.

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

Ray Kurzweil has invented a few things in his time.

Letting Cyberattack Victims Hack Back Is a Very Unwise Idea
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Letting Cyberattack Victims Hack Back Is a Very Unwise Idea

As the rate of cybercrime increases, so too does the intensity of those attacks.

AI Could Revolutionize War As Much As Nukes
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AI Could Revolutionize War As Much As Nukes

In 1899, the world's most powerful nations signed a treaty at The Hague that banned military use of aircraft, fearing the emerging technology's destructive power...

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...

Why Net Neutrality Matters Even in the Age of Oligopoly
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Why Net Neutrality Matters Even in the Age of Oligopoly

Next month, Amazon, Netflix, and dozens of other companies and organizations will host a "day of action" aimed at saving net neutrality as we know it.

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?

To Make Your Conspiracy Theory Legit, Just Find an 'expert'
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To Make Your Conspiracy Theory Legit, Just Find an 'expert'

"MIT Professor Exposes 'Egregious Error' & Evidence Tampering in US Report on Syria Sarin Incident." Pretty good headline, right?

Crispr Creator Jennifer Doudna on the Promises, and Pitfalls, of Easy Genetic Modification
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Crispr Creator Jennifer Doudna on the Promises, and Pitfalls, of Easy Genetic Modification

For $150, you can buy a Crispr kit online and use it to engineer heartier gut bacteria in your kitchen.

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

"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'


Bill Gates Is Wrong: The Solution to AI Taking Jobs Is Training, Not Taxes
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Bill Gates Is Wrong: The Solution to AI Taking Jobs Is Training, Not Taxes

Let's take a breath: Robots and artificial intelligence systems are nowhere near displacing the human workforce.

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.
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