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Quantum Computing Will Reshape Digital Battlefield, Says Former NSA Director Hayden
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Quantum Computing Will Reshape Digital Battlefield, Says Former NSA Director Hayden

When retired Air Force General Michael Hayden took the helm of the National Security Agency in 1999 he found intelligence gathering, namely electronic espionage...

Disrupting Pro-ISIS Online 'Ecosystems' Could Help Thwart Real-World Terrorism
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Disrupting Pro-ISIS Online 'Ecosystems' Could Help Thwart Real-World Terrorism

Supporters of the Islamic State, or ISIS, around the world gather online, becoming members of virtual communities in much the same way any of us might join online...

Video Refereeing a Boon and a Bust at World Cup
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Video Refereeing a Boon and a Bust at World Cup

As must have been the case with the first glimmers of electric lights in the 19th century, video assistant referees benefited from an initial "Wow! The technology...

This Is How the Robot Uprising Finally Begins 
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This Is How the Robot Uprising Finally Begins 

The robot arm is performing a peculiar kind of Sisyphean task.

The U.S. Once Again Has the World's Fastest Supercomputer. Keep Up the Hustle.
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The U.S. Once Again Has the World's Fastest Supercomputer. Keep Up the Hustle.

The United States has knocked China out of the No. 1 position in supercomputing.

The Supreme Court Just Struck a Blow Against Mass Surveillance
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The Supreme Court Just Struck a Blow Against Mass Surveillance

The Supreme Court decided Friday that cell-site location information is protected by the Fourth Amendment's guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures...

The Case for Disappearing Cyber Security
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The Case for Disappearing Cyber Security

A proposal for keeping cyber security both out of sight and out of mind for end users.

A New Perspective on Computational Thinking
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A New Perspective on Computational Thinking

Addressing its cognitive essence, universal value, and curricular practices.

Beyond Diversity
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Beyond Diversity

Considering the confluence of research questions and sociopolitical dynamics.

Blockchain Revolution Without the Blockchain?
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Blockchain Revolution Without the Blockchain?

Most of the suggested benefits of blockchain technologies do not come from elements unique to the blockchain.

Copyright Blocks a News-Monitoring Technology
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Copyright Blocks a News-Monitoring Technology

An evolving technological landscape has made application of copyright law increasingly difficult.

A Plea for AI That Serves Humanity Instead of Replacing It
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A Plea for AI That Serves Humanity Instead of Replacing It

Sixty-two years ago this summer, Dartmouth professor John McCarthy coined the term artificial intelligence. Joi Ito, director of MIT's Media Lab, has come to think...

How Neal Stephenson Got Book Ideas by Moonlighting at Blue Origin
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How Neal Stephenson Got Book Ideas by Moonlighting at Blue Origin

Neal Stephenson's breakout hit, Snow Crash, envisioned a world of virtual reality—in 1992. The Diamond Age foresaw the future of nanotechnology in 1995. The more...

Why Hackers Aren't Afraid of Us
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Why Hackers Aren't Afraid of Us

Ask finance ministers and central bankers around the world about their worst nightmare and the answer is almost always the same: Sometime soon the North Koreans...

Misinformation and Biases Infect Social Media, Both Intentionally and Accidentally
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Misinformation and Biases Infect Social Media, Both Intentionally and Accidentally

Social media are among the primary sources of news in the U.S. and across the world.

Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin
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Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, last week, 125 mostly white, mostly male, business-card-bearing attendees crowded into a brightly lit ballroom to consider "mobility."

Forget 'Techlash,' The Biggest Problem for Tech Is a Widening Transatlantic Rift
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Forget 'Techlash,' The Biggest Problem for Tech Is a Widening Transatlantic Rift

Like a geeky alternative to the ice bucket challenge, the latest global trend to go viral is railing on Big Tech.

Relax, Google, the Robot Army Isn't Here Yet 
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Relax, Google, the Robot Army Isn't Here Yet 

People can differ on their perceptions of "evil."

Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict
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Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict

The Pentagon has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift...

The Erosion of Reality
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The Erosion of Reality

Let me say this upfront: I'm not convinced that 'superintelligent' AI are the most pressing threat from coming generations of deep learning machines.
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