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The Tesla Didn't Really Crash Itself
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The Tesla Didn't Really Crash Itself

Tesla's Autopilot feature is now under investigation after the first known fatality involving a Tesla car using "Autopilot" mode was reported. The car automation...

How the Computer Beat the Go Player
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How the Computer Beat the Go Player

The victory in March of the computer program AlphaGo over one of the world's top handful of go players marks the highest accomplishment to date for the burgeoning...

How Alan Turing Found Machine Thinking in the Human Mind
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How Alan Turing Found Machine Thinking in the Human Mind

In 1935, Alan Turing set out to build a reputation by outflanking the world's leading mathematician.

Meet the Smartest, Cutest AI-Powered Robot You've Ever Seen
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Meet the Smartest, Cutest AI-Powered Robot You've Ever Seen

Boris Sofman taps his phone, and the robot on the conference room table in front of him wakes up. Not in that gadget-y way, like when a laptop screen turns on,...

How Risky Are the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies For 2016?
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How Risky Are the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies For 2016?

Take an advanced technology. Add a twist of fantasy. Stir well, and watch the action unfold.

Turing's Red Flag
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Turing's Red Flag

A proposal for a law to prevent artificial intelligence systems from being mistaken for humans.

Machines that Talk to ­S May Soon Sense Our Feelings, Too
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Machines that Talk to ­S May Soon Sense Our Feelings, Too

After great promise in the 1960s that machines would soon think like humans, progress stalled for decades. Only in the past 10 years or so has research picked up...

Self-Driving Cars Could Flip the Auto Insurance Industry on Its Head
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Self-Driving Cars Could Flip the Auto Insurance Industry on Its Head

As the driverless car gets closer to reality, so too does the dilemma of how to insure the car and its owner.

Bringing Precision to the AI Safety Discussion
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Bringing Precision to the AI Safety Discussion

We believe that AI technologies are likely to be overwhelmingly useful and beneficial for humanity. But part of being a responsible steward of any new technology...

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

Oxford University philosophy professor Nick Bostrom says major tech companies are listening to his warnings about investing in "AI safety" research.

Basic Income: A Sellout of the American Dream
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Basic Income: A Sellout of the American Dream

Matt Krisiloff is in a small, glass-walled conference room off the lobby of Y Combinator’s office in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, shouting distance...

Too Cute For Their Own Good, Robots Get Self-Defense Instincts
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Too Cute For Their Own Good, Robots Get Self-Defense Instincts

At a shopping mall here one recent Friday, six-year-old Ruby Dowling made friends with a friendly egg-shaped robot.

Losing Control: The Dangers of Killer Robots
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Losing Control: The Dangers of Killer Robots

New technology could lead humans to relinquish control over decisions to use lethal force.

Deep Learning Isn't a Dangerous Magic Genie. It's Just Math
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Deep Learning Isn't a Dangerous Magic Genie. It's Just Math

Deep learning is rapidly 'eating' artificial intelligence. But let's not mistake this ascendant form of artificial intelligence for anything more than it really...

Barefoot Networks' New Chips Will Transform the Tech Industry
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Barefoot Networks' New Chips Will Transform the Tech Industry

Nick McKeown and his new startup, Barefoot Networks, just launched out of stealth. That's Silicon Valley-speak for trumpeting the arrival of your new startup in...

What Are the Odds We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?
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What Are the Odds We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?

Last week, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and other cutting-edge companies, took a surprising question at the Code Conference, a technology...

Jobs Threatened By Machines: A Once 'stupid' Concern Gains Respect
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Jobs Threatened By Machines: A Once 'stupid' Concern Gains Respect

They replaced horses, didn't they? That's how the late, great economist Wassily Leontief responded 35 years ago to those who argued technology would never really...

Kevin Kelly on Soft Singularity and Inevitable Tech Advances
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Kevin Kelly on Soft Singularity and Inevitable Tech Advances

Kevin Kelly knows technology can't be stopped.

The Privacy Problem with Digital Assistants
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The Privacy Problem with Digital Assistants

For the last century, we've imagined a future where we're surrounded by robotic butlers that are classy, smart, and discreet.

Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI
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Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI

Artificial intelligence—what's the worst that can happen? For Roman Yampolskiy, a computer scientist at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, the sky’s the...
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