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Can Robots Tighten the Bolts on a Rickety Caregiver Sector?
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Can Robots Tighten the Bolts on a Rickety Caregiver Sector?

In 2015 I was watching a dress rehearsal for a play about love, loss and aging. In a climactic scene, the lead actress gesticulated and shouted, while her co-star...

In 2018, Voice Assistants Will Make the Leap Out of Your Home
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In 2018, Voice Assistants Will Make the Leap Out of Your Home

At one section of Google's giant outdoor booth at CES was an impromptu, carney-style one-man show, with a guy wearing dark sunglasses and a white Google Assistant...

The Big Tech Trends to Follow at Ces 2018
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The Big Tech Trends to Follow at Ces 2018

Imagine this: When you leave the house, your air conditioner and lights turn off automatically. Then when a motion sensor detects a person in the house, like your...

8 Overly Confident, Mostly Pessimistic Predictions About Tech in 2018
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8 Overly Confident, Mostly Pessimistic Predictions About Tech in 2018

It was a very strange year for technology companies. They have become a "bipartisan whipping boy," a new sexist institution, responsible for the muddying of the...

10 Ways Tech Will Shape Your Life in 2018, For Better and Worse
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10 Ways Tech Will Shape Your Life in 2018, For Better and Worse

Is the outlook for technology in 2018 exciting—or slightly terrifying? Flip a coin. You'd be right either way.

How Nasa's Search For Et Relies on Advanced AI
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How Nasa's Search For Et Relies on Advanced AI

The biggest knock against sending robots to explore the solar system for signs of life has always been their inability to make intuitive, even creative decisions...

Driverless Cars Could Make Transportation Free For Everyone, With a Catch
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Driverless Cars Could Make Transportation Free For Everyone, With a Catch

As self-driving cars inch closer to everyday reality, journalists, futurists, economists, and ethicists have weighed in with numerous predictions about autonomous...

Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the ­ncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality
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Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the ­ncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality

There's a revolution afoot, and you will know it by the stripes.

How AI Changes The Stakes For Pharma
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How AI Changes The Stakes For Pharma

Can drug developers leverage AI to reverse the decline in R&D productivity that has persisted in the face of other IT technologies?

As AI and Robots Rise Up, Do Humans Need an Upgrade Too?
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As AI and Robots Rise Up, Do Humans Need an Upgrade Too?

There is a chip implanted in my hand. I'm serious.

Why These Friendly Robots Can't Be Good Friends to Our Kids
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Why These Friendly Robots Can't Be Good Friends to Our Kids

Jibo the robot swivels around when it hears its name and tilts its touchscreen face upward, expectantly.

Could Intelligent Machines of the Future Own the Rights to Their Own creations?
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Could Intelligent Machines of the Future Own the Rights to Their Own creations?

Intellectual property may be the legal term for creations, including literary or artistic, but there is something inherently human about it as well. 

The AI Guru Behind Amazon, ­ber, and ­nity Explains What AI Really Is
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The AI Guru Behind Amazon, ­ber, and ­nity Explains What AI Really Is

In an interview, Danish computer scientist Danny Lange, who has invented machine-learning platforms for technology giants such as Uber and Amazon, addresses the...

Google, Amazon Find Not Everyone Is Ready For AI
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Google, Amazon Find Not Everyone Is Ready For AI

Executives at ascendant tech titans like Amazon and Google tend to look down on their predecessor IBM.

Apple Is Sharing Your Face with Apps. That's a New Privacy Worry.
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Apple Is Sharing Your Face with Apps. That's a New Privacy Worry.

Poop that mimics your facial expressions was just the beginning.

Q&a: The Ethics of ­sing Brain Implants to ­pgrade Yourself
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Q&a: The Ethics of ­sing Brain Implants to ­pgrade Yourself

Neurotechnology is one of the hottest areas of engineering, and the technological achievements sound miraculous: Paralyzed people have controlled robotic limbs and ...

How Driverless Cars Will Change the Feel of Cities
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How Driverless Cars Will Change the Feel of Cities

It's 6 p.m. in Tempe, Arizona and pitch-black outside. I'm standing in the middle of a five-lane thoroughfare, among a group of people too numerous for the narrow...

Deep Learning For Science: A Q&a With Nersc's Prabhat
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Deep Learning For Science: A Q&a With Nersc's Prabhat

In an interview, Prabhat of the U.S. National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's (NERSC) discusses deep learning, machine learning, and the challenges...

Is Technology About to Decimate White-Collar Work?
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Is Technology About to Decimate White-Collar Work?

Kai-Fu Lee, one of China's best-known technologists and investors, thinks artificial intelligence is about to supplant many millions of the country's office workers...

Workers Displaced By Automation Should Try a New Job: Caregiver
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Workers Displaced By Automation Should Try a New Job: Caregiver

Sooner or later, the US will face mounting job losses due to advances in automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics.
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