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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.

A Unified Theory of Meme Death
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A Unified Theory of Meme Death

Memes aren't built to last. This is an accepted fact of online life.

Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk
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Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk

The 20th century gave birth to the Nuclear Age as the power of the atom was harnessed and unleashed.

How Hardy Is Webb? A Q&A About the Toughness of NASA's Webb Telescope
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How Hardy Is Webb? A Q&A About the Toughness of NASA's Webb Telescope

Just how resilient does a space telescope have to be to survive both Earth's environment and the frigid, airless environment of space?

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 Mission to Learn Everything We Always Wanted to Know about the Universe 
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The Mission to Learn Everything We Always Wanted to Know about the Universe 

The Cosmic Microwave Background was created as the first atoms formed hundreds of thousands of years after the Big Bang, and it retains information about the formation...

The F.C.C. Wants to Let Telecoms Cash In on the Internet
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The F.C.C. Wants to Let Telecoms Cash In on the Internet

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission wants to let Comcast, Verizon and other broadband companies turn the internet into a latter-day version of...

Connectivity  Hacking Back Makes a Comeback—But It's Still a Really Bad Idea
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Connectivity Hacking Back Makes a Comeback—But It's Still a Really Bad Idea

In spite of the billions of dollars companies collectively spend each year on cyberdefenses, hackers keep defeating them.

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.

The Genesis of Kuri, the Friendly Home Robot
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The Genesis of Kuri, the Friendly Home Robot

Over the course  of thousands of years, dogs have evolved alongside humans to be awesome.

How an Underwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine
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How an Underwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine

On 15 November, Argentina's Navy lost contact with the ARA San Juan, a small diesel-powered submarine that had been involved in exercises off the east coast of...

Five Ways to Fix Statistics
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Five Ways to Fix Statistics

As debate rumbles on about how and how much poor statistics is to blame for poor reproducibility, Nature asked influential statisticians to recommend one change...

The Quantum Spy Author David Ignatius on the Future of High-Tech Espionage
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The Quantum Spy Author David Ignatius on the Future of High-Tech Espionage

The intersection of quantum computing and espionage may feel like a faraway future. But in his latest novel, David Ignatius, Washington's own John le Carré, tackles...

Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality
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Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality

Back in 2005, a small phone company based in North Carolina named Madison River began preventing its subscribers from making phone calls using the internet application...

The Tech Giants' Secret War Against Fake News Is Too Secret
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The Tech Giants' Secret War Against Fake News Is Too Secret

Facebook, Google, and Twitter have a problem with harmful content.

Borders in the Cloud
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Borders in the Cloud

Amazon may well be one of the companies with the strongest data security in the world.

Martonosi Sketches a Path for a New Type of Computing
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Martonosi Sketches a Path for a New Type of Computing

Princeton University professor Margaret Martonosi says quantum computing has reached an inflection point.

Q&A: The Ethics of Using Brain Implants to Upgrade Yourself
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Q&A: The Ethics of Using Brain Implants to Upgrade Yourself

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

Andy Weir: By the Book
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Andy Weir: By the Book

The author of "The Martian" and, most recently, "Artemis" has never read Frank Herbert's "Dune": "Yes, I know. I'm the worst sci-fi fan in the universe."
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