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The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence
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The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence

What worries you about the coming world of artificial intelligence?

The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed
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The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed

As an undergraduate at Cambridge University, Geoffrey Everest Hinton thought a lot about the brain. He wanted to better understand how it worked but was frustrated...

Building Privacy Right Into Software code
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Building Privacy Right Into Software code

When I was 15, my parents did not allow me to use AOL Instant Messenger. All of my friends used it, so I had to find a way around this rule.

Helping or Hacking? Engineers and Ethicists Must Work Together On brain-Computer interface Technology
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Helping or Hacking? Engineers and Ethicists Must Work Together On brain-Computer interface Technology

In the 1995 film "Batman Forever," the Riddler used 3-D television to secretly access viewers' most personal thoughts in his hunt for Batman's true identity.

Human-Level AI Is Right Around the Corner, or Hundreds of Years Away
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Human-Level AI Is Right Around the Corner, or Hundreds of Years Away

Artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly, and its impact on our daily lives will only increase.

The Iphone Is 10 Years Old. Here's the Story of Its Birth.
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The Iphone Is 10 Years Old. Here's the Story of Its Birth.

Before anybody outside Apple was aware of it, the project that would become the iPhone was referred to internally by the code name Purple.

Minitel, the Open Network Before the Internet
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Minitel, the Open Network Before the Internet

In 1991, most Americans had not yet heard of the internet.

The Optimistic Promise of Artificial Intelligence
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The Optimistic Promise of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence may be one of the technology world's current obsessions, but many people find it scary, envisioning robots taking over the world.

Designing Antiviral Proteins via Computer Could Help Halt the Next pandemic 
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Designing Antiviral Proteins via Computer Could Help Halt the Next pandemic 

As Bill Gates sees it, there are three main threats to our species: nuclear war, climate change and the next global pandemic.

Wanted: More Data, the Dirtier the Better
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Wanted: More Data, the Dirtier the Better

To distill a clear message from growing piles of unruly genomics data, researchers often turn to meta-analysis—a tried-and-true statistical procedure for combining...

A Guide to Challenges Facing Self-Driving Car Technologists
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A Guide to Challenges Facing Self-Driving Car Technologists

In the minds of many in Silicon Valley and in the auto industry, it is inevitable that cars will eventually drive themselves.

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear
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How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear

Urs Hölzle has a big job.

Robots Will Be More ­seful If They Are Made to Lack Confidence
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Robots Will Be More ­seful If They Are Made to Lack Confidence

Confidence in your abilities is usually a good thing—as long as you can recognise when it's time to ask for help.

Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters
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Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters

It was night when three British sailors and a 16-year-old canteen assistant boarded a sinking U-boat off the coast of Egypt.

Why Apple Is Struggling to Become an Artificial-Intelligence Powerhouse
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Why Apple Is Struggling to Become an Artificial-Intelligence Powerhouse

In 2011, Apple became the first company to place artificial intelligence in the pockets of millions of consumers when it launched the voice assistant Siri on the...

Who Will Pay For the Future If Not the Robots?
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Who Will Pay For the Future If Not the Robots?

RRobots are taking over the world's workforce—and why shouldn't they?

20 Years After Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess
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20 Years After Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess

Twenty years ago IBM's Deep Blue computer stunned the world by becoming the first machine to beat a reigning world chess champion in a six-game match.

Military-Funded Prosthetic Technologies Benefit More Than Just Veterans
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Military-Funded Prosthetic Technologies Benefit More Than Just Veterans

In 1905, an Ohio farmer survived a railroad accident that cost him both of his legs.

This Is For Everyone
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This Is For Everyone

Sir Tim Berners-Lee on the formative years of the world wide web, and the challenges it now faces.

Forced Exception Handling
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Forced Exception Handling

You can never discount the human element in programming.
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