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AI Dangers
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AI Dangers: Imagined and Real

Arguing against the arguments for the concept of the singularity.

Smart Machines Are Not a Threat to Humanity
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Smart Machines Are Not a Threat to Humanity

Worrying about machines that are too smart distracts us from the real and present threat from machines that are too dumb.

How to Sit Courtside at a Basketball Game Without Leaving Your Couch
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How to Sit Courtside at a Basketball Game Without Leaving Your Couch

One of the promises that virtual reality offered was that we'd all be able to watch "courtside" sports games without having to leave our couches.

He Helped Create the 'google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now
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He Helped Create the 'google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now

Trucks that can drive themselves along delivery routes. Computers capable of defeating world champions in a notoriously complex game. Apps that can translate sentences...

10 Ways the Iphone Changed Everything
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10 Ways the Iphone Changed Everything

Ten years ago, Nokia was the world's largest phone maker. Microsoft was gearing up to launch Windows Vista. And the best new products at CES included a wireless...

Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2017
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Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2017

If you've seen in it in a movie, you might see it in reality in 2017.

Artificial Intelligence
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Artificial Intelligence: Think Again

Social and cultural conventions are an often-neglected aspect of intelligent-machine development.

Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood Hacker
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Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood Hacker

For decades Hollywood has treated computers as magic boxes from which endless plot points could be conjured, in denial of all common sense.

Why Facebook Can't Fix Fake News
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Why Facebook Can't Fix Fake News

Imagine going on Facebook and finding no political posts—just your friends and their updates.

Facebook Fake News Row: Mark Zuckerberg Is a Politician Now
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Facebook Fake News Row: Mark Zuckerberg Is a Politician Now

I've long suspected that Mark Zuckerberg, who often refers to himself as the "leader" of Facebook, has dreams of high office.

How Donald Trump Will Dismantle Obama's Internet Legacy
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How Donald Trump Will Dismantle Obama's Internet Legacy

President-elect Donald Trump could eviscerate some of the most significant tech policies of the 21st century, all but erasing President Obama's Internet agenda...

A.i. Inspiration: The Science Fiction That Frames Discussion
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A.i. Inspiration: The Science Fiction That Frames Discussion

Science fiction comes up often in serious discussions about artificial intelligence and weapons.

How to Turn Your Self-Driving Car Into a Time Machine
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How to Turn Your Self-Driving Car Into a Time Machine

The self-driving car's greatest promise is that it will buy its passengers that most precious and finite of resources: time.

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...

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Review: The Finest Soccer Game Ever Made
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Review: The Finest Soccer Game Ever Made

There are many ways to interpret the beautiful game.

The Leaky Myths of Snowden
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The Leaky Myths of Snowden

Oliver Stone's Snowden is a bad movie, stuffed with myth, short on drama.

The Worlds of H. G. Wells
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The Worlds of H. G. Wells

Herbert George Wells (1866–1946) occupies a singular place in science and culture.

How Scientifically Plausible Is 'star Trek'?
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How Scientifically Plausible Is 'star Trek'?

"Star Trek" turns 50 on Sept. 8, and instead of buying it a fancy sports car, our mission is to boldly go down the "Star Trek" rabbit hole, or rather, wormhole,...

Orwell Was Right: Oliver Stone on What Makes Snowden Exciting
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Orwell Was Right: Oliver Stone on What Makes Snowden Exciting

Oliver Stone wants you to know he's not an activist.

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.
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