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Learning to Code as a 30-Year-Old Kid with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds
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Learning to Code as a 30-Year-Old Kid with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds

If you've installed the iOS 10 public beta since it came out last week, you’ll know that compatible iPads come loaded with the "Swift Playgrounds" app that Apple...

Pokémon Go Will Make You Crave Augmented Reality
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Pokémon Go Will Make You Crave Augmented Reality

It started as an April Fool's joke.

Cozmo Is an Artificially Intelligent Toy Truck That's Also the Future of Robotics
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Cozmo Is an Artificially Intelligent Toy Truck That's Also the Future of Robotics

Hanns Tappeiner types a few lines of code into his laptop and hits "return."

Nasa's Bold Bet on Juno Will Pay Off. Stay Tuned.
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Nasa's Bold Bet on Juno Will Pay Off. Stay Tuned.

Memory-foam mattresses. The breathing devices firefighters wear. And infrared ear thermometers that give near-instant readings.

In Pursuit of Planes That Think For Themselves
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In Pursuit of Planes That Think For Themselves

Just how smart can an airplane be?

Lessons From the Tesla Crash
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Lessons From the Tesla Crash

A recent fatal crash in Florida involving a Tesla Model S is an example of how a new technology designed to make cars safer could, in some cases, make them more...

Stuxnet the Movie: The ­.s. Has Pwned Iran
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Stuxnet the Movie: The ­.s. Has Pwned Iran

The new documentary about Stuxnet, 'Zero Days,' says the U.S. had a far larger cyber operation against Iran called Nitro Zeus that has compromised the country's...

Why a Killer Robot Was Likely the Only Option For Dallas Police
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Why a Killer Robot Was Likely the Only Option For Dallas Police

When a police robot killed suspect Micah Johnson in Dallas early Friday morning, it was likely an unprecedented event.

Validate Personal Air-Pollution Sensors
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Validate Personal Air-Pollution Sensors

The public is increasingly aware of the health and economic costs of air pollution.

If To Err Is Human, Should Technology Help ­s Shed Some Humanity?
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If To Err Is Human, Should Technology Help ­s Shed Some Humanity?

By all accounts, technology has made us safer.

Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet
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Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet

Alex Gibney's new documentary, Zero Days, looks at the Stuxnet worm—a cyber weapon developed by the U.S. and Israel.

Waiting For Gödel
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Waiting For Gödel

In June of 1975, the Office of the White House Press Secretary announced President Gerald R. Ford’s picks for the National Medal of Science. One went to the Austrian...

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 to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back
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How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back

"This is a final notice from the IRS."

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.

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...

After Orlando, the Homemade Ar-15 Industry Surges
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After Orlando, the Homemade Ar-15 Industry Surges

In the wake of the worst mass shooting in US history, many Americans want to ban civilians from buying the AR-15, that ultra-popular, all-American killing tool.

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...
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