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How AI Changes The Stakes For Pharma
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How AI Changes The Stakes For Pharma

Can drug developers leverage AI to reverse the decline in R&D productivity that has persisted in the face of other IT technologies?

Beyond Bitcoin: How Technology Could Help Fix Our Broken Financial System
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Beyond Bitcoin: How Technology Could Help Fix Our Broken Financial System

On a spring day more than 5,000 years ago in the Mesopotamian city of Ur, a foreign merchant sold his wares in exchange for a large bundle of silver.

As AI and Robots Rise Up, Do Humans Need an Upgrade Too? 
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As AI and Robots Rise Up, Do Humans Need an Upgrade Too? 

There is a chip implanted in my hand. I'm serious.

The Tax Overhaul Could Cripple the U.S. as a Leader in Science
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The Tax Overhaul Could Cripple the U.S. as a Leader in Science

The graduate education system in the United States is rightly considered the best in the world. But Republicans in the House of Representatives have passed a bill...

Why These Friendly Robots Can't Be Good Friends to Our Kids
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Why These Friendly Robots Can't Be Good Friends to Our Kids

Jibo the robot swivels around when it hears its name and tilts its touchscreen face upward, expectantly.

A Unified Theory of Meme Death
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A Unified Theory of Meme Death

Memes aren't built to last. This is an accepted fact of online life.

Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk
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Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk

The 20th century gave birth to the Nuclear Age as the power of the atom was harnessed and unleashed.

The Fake News Culprit No One Wants to Identify: You
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The Fake News Culprit No One Wants to Identify: You

Data & Society founder and Microsoft researcher danah boyd discusses the shifting public discourse around online disinformation campaigns, and what role the tech...

Bitcoin Mining Guzzles Energy and Its Carbon Footprint Just Keeps Growing
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Bitcoin Mining Guzzles Energy and Its Carbon Footprint Just Keeps Growing

A somewhat neglected issue in discussions of bitcoin is the tremendous increase in power consumption used by miners. The rising power required to mine bitcoin conflicts...

What I Learned from the People Who Built the Atom Bomb
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What I Learned from the People Who Built the Atom Bomb

When I began my career in elementary particle physics, the great figures who taught and inspired me had been part of the Manhattan Project generation that developed...

How Hardy Is Webb? A Q&A About the Toughness of NASA's Webb Telescope
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How Hardy Is Webb? A Q&A About the Toughness of NASA's Webb Telescope

Just how resilient does a space telescope have to be to survive both Earth's environment and the frigid, airless environment of space?

Could Intelligent Machines of the Future Own the Rights to Their Own Creations?
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Could Intelligent Machines of the Future Own the Rights to Their Own Creations?

Intellectual property may be the legal term for creations, including literary or artistic, but there is something inherently human about it as well. 

The Mission to Learn Everything We Always Wanted to Know about the Universe 
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The Mission to Learn Everything We Always Wanted to Know about the Universe 

The Cosmic Microwave Background was created as the first atoms formed hundreds of thousands of years after the Big Bang, and it retains information about the formation...

The F.C.C. Wants to Let Telecoms Cash In on the Internet
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The F.C.C. Wants to Let Telecoms Cash In on the Internet

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission wants to let Comcast, Verizon and other broadband companies turn the internet into a latter-day version of...

Connectivity  Hacking Back Makes a Comeback—But It's Still a Really Bad Idea
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Connectivity Hacking Back Makes a Comeback—But It's Still a Really Bad Idea

In spite of the billions of dollars companies collectively spend each year on cyberdefenses, hackers keep defeating them.

The AI Guru Behind Amazon, Uber, and Unity Explains What AI Really Is
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The AI Guru Behind Amazon, Uber, and Unity Explains What AI Really Is

In an interview, Danish computer scientist Danny Lange, who has invented machine-learning platforms for technology giants such as Uber and Amazon, addresses the...

Google, Amazon Find Not Everyone Is Ready for AI
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Google, Amazon Find Not Everyone Is Ready for AI

Executives at ascendant tech titans like Amazon and Google tend to look down on their predecessor IBM.

 Apple Is Sharing Your Face with Apps. That's a New Privacy Worry.
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Apple Is Sharing Your Face with Apps. That's a New Privacy Worry.

Poop that mimics your facial expressions was just the beginning.

The Genesis of Kuri, the Friendly Home Robot
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The Genesis of Kuri, the Friendly Home Robot

Over the course  of thousands of years, dogs have evolved alongside humans to be awesome.
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