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Peek Into the Weird and Wonderful Age of AI (yes, There's a Chatbot)
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Peek Into the Weird and Wonderful Age of AI (yes, There's a Chatbot)

On March 23, Microsoft revealed Tay, a Twitter bot trained to chat like a millennial. It worked … too well.

Six Creative Ways to Solve Biomedicine's Big Data Problem
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Six Creative Ways to Solve Biomedicine's Big Data Problem

Biomedical research generates an obscene amount of data. Now, three funding agencies are trying to spur the development of tools and platforms to improve researchers'...

Is Big Data and Artificial Intelligence a (r)evolution in Outsourcing?
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Is Big Data and Artificial Intelligence a (r)evolution in Outsourcing?

The combination of big data and artificial intelligence (AI) are playing an increasingly useful role in a broad spectrum of traditionally outsourced functions such...

Doom Is a Gleefully Gory Ballet Set in a Nightmare
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Doom Is a Gleefully Gory Ballet Set in a Nightmare

My instinct upon leaping into id Software's hyper-gruesome Doom, a gonzo shooter out May 13 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, is to dawdle.

The Coming Horror of Virtual Reality
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The Coming Horror of Virtual Reality

If Kitchen, a five-minute virtual-reality demo created by the Japanese studio Capcom, were a short film, few viewers would be moved to panic by its misery of horror...

Okcupid Study Reveals the Perils of Big-Data Science
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Okcupid Study Reveals the Perils of Big-Data Science

On May 8, a group of Danish researchers publicly released a dataset of nearly 70,000 users of the online dating site OkCupid, including usernames, age, gender,...

Should We Synthesise a Human Genome?
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Should We Synthesise a Human Genome?

At Harvard today, an invitation-only group of about 150 scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs, met to discuss if and how to construct from scratch an entire human...

IBM Researcher: Fears Over Artificial Intelligence Are 'overblown'
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IBM Researcher: Fears Over Artificial Intelligence Are 'overblown'

The debate over artificial intelligence has divided some of Silicon Valley's brightest minds.

After Three Weeks in China, It's Clear Beijing Is Silicon Valley's Only True Competitor
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After Three Weeks in China, It's Clear Beijing Is Silicon Valley's Only True Competitor

After selling my startup, Shopkick, to SK Planet in 2014, and handing over my CEO role a year later, I packed up my 1- and 3-year-old sons and my wife Angel, and...

Huawei Prepares For Robot Overlords and Communication with the Dead
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Huawei Prepares For Robot Overlords and Communication with the Dead

Chinese technology giant Huawei is preparing for a world where people live forever, dead relatives linger on in computers and robots try to kill humans.

The Seven Deadly Social Networks
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The Seven Deadly Social Networks

Almost five years ago, in a soliloquy transcribed by The Wall Street Journal, Reid Hoffman suggested a comprehensive theory of social-network success.

Like It or Not, Facebook Has the Right to Choose Your News
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Like It or Not, Facebook Has the Right to Choose Your News

There's an old saying that you shouldn't pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.

The Creators of Siri Just Showed Off Their Next AI Assistant, Viv, and It's Incredible
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The Creators of Siri Just Showed Off Their Next AI Assistant, Viv, and It's Incredible

Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer created the artificial intelligence behind Siri, Apple's iconic digital assistant, and one of the first modern apps to capably handle...

What Would Happen If G.p.s. Failed?
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What Would Happen If G.p.s. Failed?

The radio signal that is the lifeblood of the Global Positioning System originates from a constellation of twenty-four satellites, orbiting more than twelve thousand...

After Moore's Law: Predicting The Future Beyond Silicon Chips
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After Moore's Law: Predicting The Future Beyond Silicon Chips

For several decades now, Georgia Tech professor Tom Conte has been studying how to improve computers: "How do we make them faster and more efficient next time around...

How Wooden Toys Teach Kids to Code
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How Wooden Toys Teach Kids to Code

Like most parents,  I want my young children to be prepared for the future—one in which knowing how to program a computer will be a basic skill, like clicking "Skip...

The Future of Encryption Is in These Politicians' Hands
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The Future of Encryption Is in These Politicians' Hands

Encryption is complicated. Legislating for it, even more so.

Promoting Women in Science
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Promoting Women in Science

Utrecht University professor Lynda Hardman discusses the pressing need to promote participation of women in science in the Netherlands. 

Is the Tech Bubble Popping? Ping Pong Offers an Answer
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Is the Tech Bubble Popping? Ping Pong Offers an Answer

Twitter's gloomy quarterly report last week unsettled investors. They might have anticipated trouble more than a year ago had they noticed one key indicator.

An Ipad Misplaced at the Airport Takes Its Own Vacation
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An Ipad Misplaced at the Airport Takes Its Own Vacation

Last month, Shelby Bonnie's iPad vanished from his carry-on bag somewhere at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a red-eye flight from San Francisco...
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