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It's Time to Intelligently Discuss Artificial Intelligence
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It's Time to Intelligently Discuss Artificial Intelligence

Tesla CEO Elon Musk worries it is "potentially more dangerous than nukes."

Tech's Lost Chapter: An Oral History of Boston's Rise and Fall
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Tech's Lost Chapter: An Oral History of Boston's Rise and Fall

In the popular telling, the dawn of personal computing begins in the summer of 1976, when Steve Wozniak showed off the Apple I at a meeting of the Homebrew Computer...

Ransomware Is the Future of Consumer Cybercrime
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Ransomware Is the Future of Consumer Cybercrime

It's 2020, bitter cold outside, you’re running late for work, and the Linux box that controls your car isn't going to start unless you wire $20 worth of Bitcoin...

Looking to Mars to Help Understand Changing Climates
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Looking to Mars to Help Understand Changing Climates

Where now it stands the Plain of Gold did once my river flow.

Baer's Odyssey: Meet the Serial Inventor Who Built the World's First Game Console
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Baer's Odyssey: Meet the Serial Inventor Who Built the World's First Game Console

Even if you're a devoted fan of video games, there's a decent chance you're not familiar with the name Ralph H. Baer.

Trends to Watch in 2015: From Algorithmic Accountability to the Uber of X
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Trends to Watch in 2015: From Algorithmic Accountability to the Uber of X

Year-end technology prediction lists can be dull fodder devoted to pie-in-the-sky concepts, outlandish marketing claims or rehashes of familiar trends.

What Could Be Lost as Einstein's Papers Go Online
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What Could Be Lost as Einstein's Papers Go Online

When I heard that Albert Einstein's papers were going to be published free online, I was thrilled—at least initially.

The Last Astronauts to Fly to Hubble Talk About Their Wild Mission
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The Last Astronauts to Fly to Hubble Talk About Their Wild Mission

On a sunny afternoon in May, 2009, seven astronauts strapped themselves into the space shuttle Atlantis and rocketed toward the heavens.

Search Gives Us Superpowers
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Search Gives Us Superpowers

Machine learning—an area of AI focusing on systems that "learn" from data in order to navigate future similar scenarios—is one of the ways we’ve managed to give...

The World Cracks Down on the Internet
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The World Cracks Down on the Internet

In September of last year, Chinese authorities announced an unorthodox standard to help them decide whether to punish people for posting online comments that are...

Professor Says Eu vs. Google Is Misguided and Politically Motivated
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Professor Says Eu vs. Google Is Misguided and Politically Motivated

Recent attempts by the EU Parliament to censure and control Google's activities are misguided and possibly politically motivated, according to IMD Professor Michael...

Sure, Artificial Intelligence May End Our World, But That Is Not the Main Problem
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Sure, Artificial Intelligence May End Our World, But That Is Not the Main Problem

The robots will rise, we're told.

Finding an Image with an Image and Other Feats of Computer Vision
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Finding an Image with an Image and Other Feats of Computer Vision

"We found that people were searching for squirrels just to favorite them, just to click 'like.' And the same with buses."

The Princess Trap
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The Princess Trap

When my 4-year-old told me the other day that she was "ready for princesses," part of me died.

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition
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How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition

Information technology is revolutionizing products. Once composed solely of mechanical and electrical parts, products have become complex systems that combine hardware...

Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind
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Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind

He told the BBC: "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."

Next Battle in the War on Science
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Next Battle in the War on Science

The war over science is heating up on Capitol Hill.

Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate
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Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate

When "Captain Ridley's shooting party" gathered here in late August 1938 as weekend guests at Bletchley Park, a Buckinghamshire country house, they were accompanied...

Microscopy: Hasten High Resolution
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Microscopy: Hasten High Resolution

The best electron and scanning probe microscopes today can resolve individual atoms and chemical bonds.

Hacker Mitnick Has a Plan to Help You Stay Safe Online
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Hacker Mitnick Has a Plan to Help You Stay Safe Online

Even famed hacker Kevin Mitnick—labeled a "computer terrorist" by the FBI in the '90s—worries about getting hacked.
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