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Why Robots Will Always Need ­S
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Why Robots Will Always Need ­S

"Human beings are ashamed to have been born instead of made," wrote the philosopher Günther Anders in 1956. Our shame has only deepened as our machines have grown...

Hacking the Brain
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Hacking the Brain

The perfectibility of the human mind is a theme that has captured our imagination for centuries—the notion that, with the right tools, the right approach, the right...

5 Ways We Must Regulate Drones at the ­.s. Border
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5 Ways We Must Regulate Drones at the ­.s. Border

Border patrol agents have Predator drones at their disposal, and using them has the potential to become a serious breach of privacy — but it also could be a terrific...

Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs
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Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

From the self-checkout aisle of the grocery store to the sports section of the newspaper, robots and computer software are increasingly taking the place of humans...

Intel's Gordon Moore Speculates on the Future of Tech and the End of Moore's Law
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Intel's Gordon Moore Speculates on the Future of Tech and the End of Moore's Law

Gordon Moore appeared in person to talk about the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law, the prediction that he made that has fueled the tech industry and driven the...

'rise of the Robots' and 'shadow Work'
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'rise of the Robots' and 'shadow Work'

In the late 20th century, while the blue-collar working class gave way to the forces of globalization and automation, the educated elite looked on with benign condescension...

Does Artificial Intelligence Pose a Threat?
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Does Artificial Intelligence Pose a Threat?

After decades as a sci-fi staple, artificial intelligence has leapt into the mainstream.

Are We to Become Gods, the Destroyers of Our World?
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Are We to Become Gods, the Destroyers of Our World?

In the stylish new sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, Frankenstein's old theme re-emerges in a beautifully designed setting: Instead of the Gothic castle we have a spectacular...

Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer
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Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer

In January, the British-American computer scientist Stuart Russell drafted and became the first signatory of an open letter calling for researchers to look beyond...

The Future of Sex: It Gets Better
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The Future of Sex: It Gets Better

When I was 10 years old, my friend Sarah and I found a newly minted copy of "The Joy of Sex" under her parents' bed.

3 Questions on Killer Robots
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3 Questions on Killer Robots

Delegates to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons are meeting this week in Geneva to discuss fully autonomous weapons—machines that could...

Moore's Law Will Bring Emotional Machines—softbank Ceo
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Moore's Law Will Bring Emotional Machines—softbank Ceo

Humans will face their biggest test when computers surpass human intellectual capabilities, according to Masayoshi Son, the billionaire founder and CEO of SoftBank...

The Inner Lives of Robots: An Interview with Filmmaker Alex Garland
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The Inner Lives of Robots: An Interview with Filmmaker Alex Garland

Like self-replicating machines, robot movies are taking over Hollywood.

Meet the Bots
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Meet the Bots

The day that science fiction writers have feared for so long has finally come—the machines have risen up.

Interview with Concepcion A. Monje, a Researcher in ­c3m's Robotics Lab
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Interview with Concepcion A. Monje, a Researcher in ­c3m's Robotics Lab

Concepcion A. Monje, a researcher in the Robotics Lab at Carlos III University of Madrid, recently discussed the future of robotics and the science fiction film...

Why AI Is Humanity's Last Hope
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Why AI Is Humanity's Last Hope

Alex Garland has one thought when it comes to the AI revolution: Bring it on.

AI Doomsayer Says His Ideas Are Catching On
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AI Doomsayer Says His Ideas Are Catching On

Philosopher Nick Bostrom says major tech companies are listening to his warnings about artificial intelligence.

Karen, an App That Knows You All Too Well
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Karen, an App That Knows You All Too Well

Thinking about a life coach but not ready to commit to the real thing?

Germanwings Flight 9525, Technology, and the Question of Trust
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Germanwings Flight 9525, Technology, and the Question of Trust

Shortly before the dreadful crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, I happened to be reading part of "The Second Machine Age," a book by two academics at M.I.T., Erik...

Mathematicians of the Future?
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Mathematicians of the Future?

Herbert Simon, the Nobel-prize winning economist, was a techno-enthusiast. In 1956 he predicted that, "within 10 years, computers would beat the world chess champion...
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