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Why It's a Real Mistake to Count on a Cellphone When You Go Hiking
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Why It's a Real Mistake to Count on a Cellphone When You Go Hiking

Sarah Savage was alone in the woods and didn't know which way to turn.

The Father Of Mobile Computing Is Not Impressed
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The Father Of Mobile Computing Is Not Impressed

He influenced Jobs and dreamed up a digital future designed for learning and thinking. Fifty years on, Alan Kay is still waiting for his dream to come true.

Apple's FaceID Could Be a Powerful Tool for Mass Spying
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Apple's FaceID Could Be a Powerful Tool for Mass Spying

This Tuesday Apple unveiled a new line of phones to much fanfare, but one feature immediately fell under scrutiny:FaceID, a tool that would use facial recognition...

Q&A: The AI Composer
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Q&A: The AI Composer

Computer scientist Luc Steels uses artificial intelligence to explore the origins and evolution of language.

Why Google's AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can't Tell a Joke
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Why Google's AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can't Tell a Joke

Creating noodling piano tunes and endless configurations of cat drawings with AI may not sound like an obvious project for Google, but it makes a lot of sense to...

Why the iPhone X's Face ID Is a Terrible Way to Secure Your Data
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Why the iPhone X's Face ID Is a Terrible Way to Secure Your Data

The new iPhone X puts face recognition front and centre. Why? Because it is the quickest and easiest way to unlock your phone.

What We Know about the Climate Change-Hurricane Connection
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What We Know about the Climate Change-Hurricane Connection

With Texas just beginning to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and the Southeastern U.S. preparing for Hurricane Irma's iminent arrival, people...

The Only Safe Email Is Text-Only Email
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The Only Safe Email Is Text-Only Email

It's troubling to think that at any moment you might open an email that looks like it comes from your employer, a relative or your bank, only to fall for a ...

These Are Not the Robots We Were Promised
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These Are Not the Robots We Were Promised

From the moment we humans first imagined having mechanical servants at our beck and call, we've assumed they would be constructed in our own image.

How Facebook Changed the Spy Game
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How Facebook Changed the Spy Game

Any doubt that Russia has been running a strategically targeted disinformation campaign in the United States was erased on Wednesday, when Facebook revealed that...

iRobot CEO Colin Angle on Data Privacy and Robots in the Home
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iRobot CEO Colin Angle on Data Privacy and Robots in the Home

About a month ago, iRobot CEO Colin Angle mentioned something about sharing Roomba mapping data in an interview with Reuters.

Mark Sagar Made a Baby in His Lab. Now It Plays the Piano
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Mark Sagar Made a Baby in His Lab. Now It Plays the Piano

People get up to weird things in New Zealand.

How to Close the Gender Gap in Tech
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How to Close the Gender Gap in Tech

Why do so few women work in tech? It isn't that they can't do math or are biologically unsuited to the tasks.

Tech's Uphill Political Battle to Save the DACA Dreamers
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Tech's Uphill Political Battle to Save the DACA Dreamers

The U.S. tech industry is leading the charge to pressure Congress to pass a bill to protect so-called "Dreamers" from deportation. Experts say the fight is an uphill...

The Fake-News Fallacy
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The Fake-News Fallacy

On the evening of October 30, 1938, a seventy-six-year-old millworker in Grover's Mill, New Jersey, named Bill Dock heard something terrifying on the radio.

The Darkening Web: Misinformation Is the Strongest Cyberweapon
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The Darkening Web: Misinformation Is the Strongest Cyberweapon

In late June, I was leaving for a flight from Kiev's Boryspil Airport as news broke that Ukraine was the victim of another massive cyberattack.

How We Killed Expertise
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How We Killed Expertise

Average Americans have never much liked eggheads.

Stop Cyberattacks. Just Add Robots
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Stop Cyberattacks. Just Add Robots

"Are you a hacker?"

What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science
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What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science

In August Google employee James Damore made the news and even Wikipedia by publishing his speculation that female software engineers are underrepresented due to...
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