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Explaining the ­pside and Downside of D-Wave's New Quantum Computer
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Explaining the ­pside and Downside of D-Wave's New Quantum Computer

D-Wave, a company based in British Columbia, has announced a new version of its quantum annealer: the D-Wave 2000Q. As the name suggests, the number of bits has...

We Rely on the Government For Lots of Data. What Happens to That in the Trump Era of 'alternative Facts'?
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We Rely on the Government For Lots of Data. What Happens to That in the Trump Era of 'alternative Facts'?

During the first 24 hours of the Trump administration, the new White House took a clear, firm stand against publicly available information.

Curiosity Finds An(other) Alien Visitor on Mars
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Curiosity Finds An(other) Alien Visitor on Mars

The Curiosity rover has been on Mars since Aug. 6, 2012.

The Unholy Trinity of Software Development
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The Unholy Trinity of Software Development

Tests, documentation, and code.

How to Sit Courtside at a Basketball Game Without Leaving Your Couch
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How to Sit Courtside at a Basketball Game Without Leaving Your Couch

One of the promises that virtual reality offered was that we'd all be able to watch "courtside" sports games without having to leave our couches.

'I Don't Intend to Go Crawl Under a Rock': An Exit Interview with FCC Chairman Tom Wheele
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'I Don't Intend to Go Crawl Under a Rock': An Exit Interview with FCC Chairman Tom Wheele

If you're familiar with the comedian John Oliver, then you may also remember the man he once memorably called a "dingo." That's Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the...

He Helped Create the 'google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now
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He Helped Create the 'google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now

Trucks that can drive themselves along delivery routes. Computers capable of defeating world champions in a notoriously complex game. Apps that can translate sentences...

My God. It's Full of Black Holes.
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My God. It's Full of Black Holes.

The image above doesn’t look like much at a glance, does it?

At Ces 2017, You Have to Ask: What Makes a Robot a Robot?
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At Ces 2017, You Have to Ask: What Makes a Robot a Robot?

Tall, small, dancing, singing, cleaning, sassy, silly, cute and scary—CES 2017 was awash with robots.

Darpa's Biotech Chief Says 2017 Will 'blow Our Minds'
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Darpa's Biotech Chief Says 2017 Will 'blow Our Minds'

The Pentagon's research and development division, DARPA—the creative force behind the internet and GPS—retooled itself three years ago to create a new office dedicated...

10 Ways the Iphone Changed Everything
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10 Ways the Iphone Changed Everything

Ten years ago, Nokia was the world's largest phone maker. Microsoft was gearing up to launch Windows Vista. And the best new products at CES included a wireless...

Don't Gut Net Neutrality. It's Good For People and Business
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Don't Gut Net Neutrality. It's Good For People and Business

The invention and commercialization of the internet is one of the things that makes America great.

Here's What Happens to Tech in 2017 (unless 2016 Was All a Dream)
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Here's What Happens to Tech in 2017 (unless 2016 Was All a Dream)

What does 2017 hold for the world of tech and media?

5 Big Predictions For Artificial Intelligence in 2017
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5 Big Predictions For Artificial Intelligence in 2017

Last year was huge for advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning. But 2017 may well deliver even more.

Quantum Computers Ready to Leap Out of the Lab in 2017
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Quantum Computers Ready to Leap Out of the Lab in 2017

Quantum computing has long seemed like one of those technologies that are 20 years away, and always will be.

Why frankenstein is Still Relevant, Almost 200 Years After It Was Published
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Why frankenstein is Still Relevant, Almost 200 Years After It Was Published

Can I be totally honest? All I remember about Frankenstein is that Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster. What happens in it?

Heinlein and Clarke Discuss the Moon Landings as They Happen
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Heinlein and Clarke Discuss the Moon Landings as They Happen

Chances are that anyone in their 50s or older will remember watching Apollo 11 land on the Moon.

Building Jarvis
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Building Jarvis

My personal challenge for 2016 was to build a simple AI to run my home—like Jarvis in Iron Man.

Dear Mr. Trump: To 'cyber' Better, Try the Blockchain
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Dear Mr. Trump: To 'cyber' Better, Try the Blockchain

A massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack took several high-profile websites—Twitter, Amazon, the New York Times, even WIRED—offline in October.

Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at X, on the Future of Ai, Robots, and Coffeemakers
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Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at X, on the Future of Ai, Robots, and Coffeemakers

Astro Teller has an unusual way of starting a new project: He tries to kill it.
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