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Silicon Valley Reels After Trump's Election
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Silicon Valley Reels After Trump's Election

Silicon Valley's luminaries woke up Wednesday morning to a darkened new global order, one that the ceaseless optimism of their tech-powered visions seemed suddenly...

Whoever Wins the White House, This Year's Big Loser Is Email
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Whoever Wins the White House, This Year's Big Loser Is Email

Every four years, pundits race to anoint this or that newfangled tech trend as the next disruptive force to forever alter the mechanics of American democracy.

I Just Want Nate Silver to Tell Me It's All Going to Be Fine
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I Just Want Nate Silver to Tell Me It's All Going to Be Fine

Evan has a habit. He's not ashamed of it, but he doesn't want to reveal too much about himself, lest his colleagues learn how he’s spending so much of his time.

There Is a Blind Spot in AI Research
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There Is a Blind Spot in AI Research

This week, the White House published its report on the future of artificial intelligence (AI)—a product of four workshops held between May and July 2016 in Seattle...

Surveillance in the Post-Obama Era
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Surveillance in the Post-Obama Era

During his 2008 campaign, President Obama vowed to assert greater oversight of the massive surveillance apparatus built in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, arguing...

Google Is Listening
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Google Is Listening

You know the cliché that if you're not paying for the product, you are the product?

The Problem With Google's 'star Trek' Computer
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The Problem With Google's 'star Trek' Computer

Google is hoping to develop its Assistant, a Siri-like technology to be included on the company's new smartphones and other products, into something like the computer...

Why Big Pharma Wants to Collect 2 Million Genomes
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Why Big Pharma Wants to Collect 2 Million Genomes

Five months after announcing its intentions to gather genome sequences from 2 million people, pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has selected geneticist David Goldstein...

Why Data Is the New Coal
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Why Data Is the New Coal

"Is data the new oil?" asked proponents of big data back in 2012 in Forbes magazine. By 2016, and the rise of big data's turbo-powered cousin deep learning, westated Fortune...

Online Trackers Follow Our Digital Shadow By 'fingerprinting' Browsers, Devices
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Online Trackers Follow Our Digital Shadow By 'fingerprinting' Browsers, Devices

As we surf from website to website, we are being tracked—that's not news. What is news, revealed in a recent paper by researchers at Princeton University, is that...

Ted Cruz Is Wrong About How Free Speech Is Censored on the Internet
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Ted Cruz Is Wrong About How Free Speech Is Censored on the Internet

Sen. Ted Cruz wants to engineer a United States takeover of a key Internet organization, ICANN, in the name of protecting freedom of expression.

An 'interview' With Google's New Digital Assistant
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An 'interview' With Google's New Digital Assistant

Alphabet Inc.'s Google unit introduced a new digital assistant Wednesday. Bloomberg News put the system through its paces by asking questions, some of which were...

Neither Hillary Clinton Nor Donald Trump Is Tech Savvy
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Neither Hillary Clinton Nor Donald Trump Is Tech Savvy

Rachel Law, the 20-something co-founder of a New York startup called Kip, is sitting next to me at a café, tapping her phone screen to show how the company’s service...

Everyone Gets the Future Wrong: Lo and Behold Movie Review
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Everyone Gets the Future Wrong: Lo and Behold Movie Review

Hackers? Check. Driverless cars? Check. SpaceX? Check. Robots? Check. Elon Musk? Check. ARPANET? Check. Video game addicts? Check. Brainscans? Check. Internet of...

A New Look at the Semantic Web
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A New Look at the Semantic Web

Seeking to make Web data "smarter" by utilizing a new kind of semantics.

Designing AI Systems that Obey Our Laws and Values
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Designing AI Systems that Obey Our Laws and Values

Calling for research on automatic oversight for artificial intelligence systems.

At 25, the World Wide Web Is Still a Long Way From Reality
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At 25, the World Wide Web Is Still a Long Way From Reality

Twenty-five years ago today, Tim Berners-Lee unleashed the World Wide Web, publishing the first public webpage. Well, maybe.

Why Facebook Is Really Blocking the Ad Blockers
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Why Facebook Is Really Blocking the Ad Blockers

Ads can seem like the bane of the Internet.

Tim Cook: Running Apple 'is Sort of a Lonely Job'
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Tim Cook: Running Apple 'is Sort of a Lonely Job'

On a sleek white coffee table in Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth-floor office in late July, beneath framed posters of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King...

The World's Best Cyber Army Doesn't Belong to Russia
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The World's Best Cyber Army Doesn't Belong to Russia

National attention is focused on Russian eavesdroppers' possible targeting of U.S. presidential candidates and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
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