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The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions
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The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions

We are surrounded by hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence and robotics—hysteria about how powerful they will become, how quickly, and what they...

What Facebook Did to American Democracy
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What Facebook Did to American Democracy

In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.

Apple's Tim Cook on iPhones, Augmented Reality, and How He Plans to Change Your World
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Apple's Tim Cook on iPhones, Augmented Reality, and How He Plans to Change Your World

Earlier this year, video emerged of a new iPhone feature, long before it was released. It showed the phone creating a magical portal in the middle of a city street...

The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos
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The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos

Hany Farid, a computer scientist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, specialises in detecting manipulated images and videos. Farid, who provides his...

Is Your Bank Data Yours?
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Is Your Bank Data Yours?

Who owns the information in your bank account? Transactions, balance history, every other detail?

Author Franklin Foer on Controlling the Power of Big Tech
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Author Franklin Foer on Controlling the Power of Big Tech

Franklin Foer is the author of World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech, a critique of the power held by the big tech companies, and the way it is...

China's AI Awakening
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China's AI Awakening

On a tropical island that marks the southern tip of China, a computer program called Lengpudashi is playing one-on-one poker against a dozen people at once, and...

Why Is There No Nobel Prize in Technology?
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Why Is There No Nobel Prize in Technology?

As the world focuses its attention on this year's recipients of the planet's most prestigious prize, the Nobel, it feels like something's missing from the list:...

Algorithms Have Already Gone Rogue
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Algorithms Have Already Gone Rogue

For more than two decades, Tim O'Reilly has been the conscience of the tech industry.

Hey Professor: Jim H. Waldo
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Hey Professor: Jim H. Waldo

Computer Science Professor James "Jim" H. Waldo discusses privacy and technology in society today.

How the Chinese Cyberthreat HasĀ Evolved
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How the Chinese Cyberthreat HasĀ Evolved

With more than half of its 1.4 billion people online, the world's most populous country is home to a slew of cyberspies and hackers.

Let's Use the Government's Massive Databases to Make Better Policy
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Let's Use the Government's Massive Databases to Make Better Policy

Members of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking appear before Congress this week to present their final report (pdf). 

The Absurdity of the Nobel Prizes in Science
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The Absurdity of the Nobel Prizes in Science

The fact that the Nobel Prizes awarded in science have drawn controversy since their very inception hints at deep-rooted problems. The Nobels reward individuals...

How China Is Catching Up To A U.S. Science & Tech Sector Uncertain Of Its Future
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How China Is Catching Up To A U.S. Science & Tech Sector Uncertain Of Its Future

While the U.S. remains the global leader in Science and Technology, there is little doubt that its star is fading.

Misinformation Is the New Normal of Mass Shootings
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Misinformation Is the New Normal of Mass Shootings

On the morning after the deadliest shooting in modern American history, there was a certain predictability in the response to a tragedy that left at least 59 dead...

Forget Killer Robots; Bias Is the Real AI Danger
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Forget Killer Robots; Bias Is the Real AI Danger

Google's AI chief isn't fretting about super-intelligent killer robots. Instead, John Giannandrea is concerned about the danger that may be lurking inside the machine...

Trump Is Making Canada Great Again
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Trump Is Making Canada Great Again

It's no secret that the United States has long dominated cutting-edge technologies, from personal computers and biotech to smartphones and social media.

Are Computers Already Smarter Than Humans?
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Are Computers Already Smarter Than Humans?

Who's smarter—you, or the computer or mobile device on which you're reading this article? The answer is increasingly complex, and depends on definitions in flux...

Red-Pilled: My Bizarre Week Using the Alt-Right's Vision of the Internet
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Red-Pilled: My Bizarre Week Using the Alt-Right's Vision of the Internet

Scroll with me here. Somebody named BeatlesBaby makes "a very badass chicken curry." Look, there's a nice sepia-tinted pencil drawing of Ned Stark from Game of...

The Coming Software Apocalypse
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The Coming Software Apocalypse

There were six hours during the night of April 10, 2014, when the entire population of Washington State had no 911 service.
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