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The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI
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The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI

There's a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm.

Jaron Lanier on the Cheap Treats and Religious Emotion of Moore's Law
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Jaron Lanier on the Cheap Treats and Religious Emotion of Moore's Law

Moore's Law is Silicon Valley’s guiding principle, like all 10 commandments wrapped into one.

Intelligent Robots Will Overtake Humans By 2100, Experts Say
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Intelligent Robots Will Overtake Humans By 2100, Experts Say

Are you prepared to meet your robot overlords?

Why We Often View Digital Culture Through Insect Metaphors
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Why We Often View Digital Culture Through Insect Metaphors

Swarms. Hive minds. The Web.

Digital Tattoos, Mind-Reading Headphones: The Shape of Things to Come?
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Digital Tattoos, Mind-Reading Headphones: The Shape of Things to Come?

Forecasting future technology has never been easy. In the 1950s, scientists and technologists envisaged that by now the world would be free from disease, traversed...

How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain
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How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain

Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn't have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field...

We Need More Cameras, and We Need Them Now
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We Need More Cameras, and We Need Them Now

On Thursday afternoon, the FBI released photos and video of two persons of interest in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Interview with Brain Project Pioneer: Miyoung Chun
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Interview with Brain Project Pioneer: Miyoung Chun

Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) project, which President Obama announced in his State of the Union address in February, will...

Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever?
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Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever?

Ray Kurzweil must encounter his share of interviewers whose first question is: What do you hope your obituary will say?

Google Chief ­rges Action to Regulate Mini-Drones
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Google Chief ­rges Action to Regulate Mini-Drones

The influential head of Google, Eric Schmidt, has called for civilian drone technology to be regulated, warning about privacy and security concerns.

Time and Navigation: How We Found Our Way in the World
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Time and Navigation: How We Found Our Way in the World

Type an address into your phone, and up will pop a step-by-step route from where you are to where you want to be. This is, in its way, magic—magic that has, at...

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Why Obama's Brain-Mapping Project Matters

Last week, President Obama officially announced $100 million in funding for arguably the most ambitious neuroscience initiative ever proposed.

Apple and the Mysterious Case of the Missing Moonshot
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Apple and the Mysterious Case of the Missing Moonshot

When John Morrell left his post at Yale University last year and decamped to Apple, some members of the robotics community were perplexed.

Google's Self-Driving Robot Cars Are Ruining My Commute
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Google's Self-Driving Robot Cars Are Ruining My Commute

My hometown, Mountain View, Calif., has become the unofficial capital of the robotic car revolution.

How Relying on Algorithms and Bots Can Be Really, Really Dangerous
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How Relying on Algorithms and Bots Can Be Really, Really Dangerous

So you can’t wait for a self-driving car to take away the drudgery of driving? Me neither! But consider this scenario, recently posed by neuroscientist Gary Marcus...

Why All Reporters (not Just J-School Students) Should Learn to Fly Drones
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Why All Reporters (not Just J-School Students) Should Learn to Fly Drones

These days the future of journalism may look cloudy. But one thing about the future of the business is clear, according to ABC News. It will be full of drones.

Why It's Time For Our Devices to ­nderstand What We Mean, Not Just What We Say
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Why It's Time For Our Devices to ­nderstand What We Mean, Not Just What We Say

It wasn’t just cost and Moore’s law. The graphical user interface—now known as the GUI ("gooey")—is what really made computing widespread, personal and ubiquitous...

Homunculism
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Homunculism

According to Wikipedia, Ray Kurzweil is an "American author, inventor, futurist, and director of engineering at Google. Aside from futurology, he is involved in...

Computer Interfaces: Tech's Next Great Frontier
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Computer Interfaces: Tech's Next Great Frontier

Consider the tongue. It's sensitive yet muscular, packed with taste buds and nerves, and without its acrobatic ability humans wouldn’t be able to eat or talk. It's...

The Next Frontier Is Inside Your Brain
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The Next Frontier Is Inside Your Brain

The Obama administration is planning a multiyear research effort to produce an "activity map" that would show in unprecedented detail the workings of the human,...
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