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Preserving the Right to Cognitive Liberty
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Preserving the Right to Cognitive Liberty

The idea of the human mind as the domain of absolute protection from external intrusion has persisted for centuries.

Tracking Terrorists Online Might Invade Your Privacy
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Tracking Terrorists Online Might Invade Your Privacy

Remember that picture you sent to your family of your children playing in the paddling pool? Or that private text you sent to someone trusted? Or when you searched...

Bot and Bothered
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Bot and Bothered

Facebook has been working on artificial intelligence that claims to be great at negotiating, makes up its own language and learns to lie.

Fear of a Robot Planet
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Fear of a Robot Planet

It was in the 12th century that the great brass head built by Albertus Magnus moved its mouth for the first time, breathing steam as it spoke to Magnus' young religious...

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...

Editing Human Embryos with Crispr Is Moving Ahead; Now's the Time to Work Out the Ethics
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Editing Human Embryos with Crispr Is Moving Ahead; Now's the Time to Work Out the Ethics

The announcement by researchers in Portland, Oregon that they've successfully modified the genetic material of a human embryo took some people by surprise.

Apple Is Pulling Vpns from the Chinese App Store. Here's What that Means. 
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Apple Is Pulling Vpns from the Chinese App Store. Here's What that Means. 

China's restrictive Internet policies are known for blocking Web users who want to reach Google, Facebook or other banned apps. But now some of those policies are...

The Guardian View on the Future of Crime: It Will Be Online
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The Guardian View on the Future of Crime: It Will Be Online

When software gets smarter, the first effect is to empower the already powerful.

If You Could 'design' Your Own Child, Would You?
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If You Could 'design' Your Own Child, Would You?

Scientists in Portland, Ore., just succeeded in creating the first genetically modified human embryo in the United States, according to Technology Review.

What Happened to Trump's War on Data?
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What Happened to Trump's War on Data?

On May 16, three months' worth of data vanished quietly from the website of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Zuckerberg and Musk Are Both Wrong About AI
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Zuckerberg and Musk Are Both Wrong About AI

Back in 2015, a group of business leaders and scientists published an "open letter" about how controlling artificial superintelligence might be the most urgent...

Metrology Is Key to Reproducing Results
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Metrology Is Key to Reproducing Results

Imagine you are a policymaker who needs to know how much carbon is stored in the South American forest.

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

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

Prophets, Seers, and Pioneers
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Prophets, Seers, and Pioneers

Reflections on historical prognostications for the future.

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The Natural Science of Computing

As unconventional computing comes of age, we believe a revolution is needed in our view of computer science.

How China Tames Dissent on the Internet
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How China Tames Dissent on the Internet

Chinese government leaders, subtle masters of propaganda, seem to have discovered a Sun Tzu formula for taming dissent on the Internet: The best strategy may not...

When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back?
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When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back?

There is an old debate (at least, counting in internet years) that tends to crop up after major cybersecurity breaches such as the widespread WannaCry ransomware...

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...

Is Anyone Home? A Way to Find Out If AI Has Become Self-Aware
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Is Anyone Home? A Way to Find Out If AI Has Become Self-Aware

Every moment of your waking life and whenever you dream, you have the distinct inner feeling of being "you."

Spreading Fake News Becomes Standard Practice For Governments Across the World
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Spreading Fake News Becomes Standard Practice For Governments Across the World

Campaigns to manipulate public opinion through false or misleading social media postings have become standard political practice across much of the world, with...
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