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The Consequences of Machine Intelligence
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The Consequences of Machine Intelligence

The question of what happens when machines get to be as intelligent as and even more intelligent than people seems to occupy many science-fiction writers.

Rapture of the Nerds: Will the Singularity Turn ­S Into Gods or End the Human Race?
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Rapture of the Nerds: Will the Singularity Turn ­S Into Gods or End the Human Race?

Hundreds of the world’s brightest minds—engineers from Google and IBM, hedge funds quants, and Defense Department contractors building artificial intelligence—were...

3 Questions: A Web For Everyone
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3 Questions: A Web For Everyone

During the opening ceremonies of this summer’s Olympic games in London, a musical performance culminated with a stage-set house rising into the rafters to reveal...

Eric Schmidt: Android-Apple Is the Defining Fight in the Industry Today
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Eric Schmidt: Android-Apple Is the Defining Fight in the Industry Today

The fight between Google and Apple over mobile devices is great for consumers, but the patent wars that have resulted are awful, said Google Chairman Eric Schmidt...

Kurzweil: Brains Will Extend to the Cloud
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Kurzweil: Brains Will Extend to the Cloud

Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil says human brains will one day extend into the cloud, and it will be possible to selectively erase pieces of memory while keeping...

Even Ray Kurzweil Is Nervous About a Future with Hyper-Intelligent Machines
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Even Ray Kurzweil Is Nervous About a Future with Hyper-Intelligent Machines

Ray Kurzweil is looking forward to the year 2029.

Ibm's Ginni Rometty Looks Ahead
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Ibm's Ginni Rometty Looks Ahead

Ginni Rometty's first customer conference as CEO of IBM was an unusual affair, especially by Big Blue's buttoned-up standards.

Meet the Man Who Gave the Mars Rover Its Eyes
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Meet the Man Who Gave the Mars Rover Its Eyes

Iconic pictures from the latest mission to the Red Planet are coming courtesy of space-imaging expert Michael Malin.

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Could the Internet Ever 'Wake ­Up'?

In the world of sci-fi movie geekdom, Aug. 29, 1997, was a turning point for humanity: On that day, according to the Terminator films, the network of U.S. defense...

Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.
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Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.

The Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca is a 2.2-mile asphalt roller coaster plunging and soaring across California's tawny Monterey highlands.

Mow Yard. Drop Off Kids. Take a Drive on Mars.
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Mow Yard. Drop Off Kids. Take a Drive on Mars.

Matt Heverly, 36, started a recent workday as any young father might: up at 5:30, gulping coffee, fixing a bottle for the baby. 

Rumor Review: What to Expect from Apple's September 12 Media Event
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Rumor Review: What to Expect from Apple's September 12 Media Event

Six years since its debut, the iPhone shows no signs of slowing in popularity.

Nasa Sparks Its Imagination
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Nasa Sparks Its Imagination

It's been a month since Curiosity’s remarkable soft landing on the surface of Mars. Remember the massive, supersonic parachute that slowed the spacecraft’s descent...

The Jet Propulsion Lab Is Way Weirder (and Awesomer) Than You Even Imagined
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The Jet Propulsion Lab Is Way Weirder (and Awesomer) Than You Even Imagined

For a center of cutting-edge scientific research, Caltech's Jet Propulsion Lab seems to be a pretty wacky place. Luke Johnson, a graphic designer at the lab, set...

Connoisseur of Chaos
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Connoisseur of Chaos

As a high school student in a Detroit suburb in the 1990s, Russ Tedrake did not fit the standard profile of a future computer science professor.

Epic Mickey Creator Wants to 'shame' Doom and ­nreal Makers: Why He's Not Wrong
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Epic Mickey Creator Wants to 'shame' Doom and ­nreal Makers: Why He's Not Wrong

I never got around to playing Epic Mickey, and that’s a shame, because I’ve played nearly everything else by game design luminary Warren Spector.

Exploring the Planets Enriches ­S at Home
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Exploring the Planets Enriches ­S at Home

NASA's newest marvel, a one-ton rover named Curiosity, has been set down with all the delicacy of a carton of eggs on the surface of Mars.

Nasa Mohawk Guy Bobak Ferdowsi on Sci-Fi, Legos, and Becoming a Meme
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Nasa Mohawk Guy Bobak Ferdowsi on Sci-Fi, Legos, and Becoming a Meme

As space geeks watched nervously to see if NASA's Curiosity rover would land safely on Mars, many found themselves wondering, "Hey, who's that cool dude with the...

Robot Master
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Robot Master

When you visit Manuela Veloso at Carnegie Mellon University, you're not guided to her office by a security officer or even issued instructions by a secretary at...

Seven Reasons Curiosity Is the Baddest Rover Ever
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Seven Reasons Curiosity Is the Baddest Rover Ever

While Curiosity was still flying through space, way before it landed on Mars, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory were busy working with a clone rover back...
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