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Sixty-two years ago this summer, Dartmouth professor John McCarthy coined the term artificial intelligence. Joi Ito, director of MIT's Media Lab, has come to think it's unhelpful.
Neal Stephenson's breakout hit, Snow Crash, envisioned a world of virtual reality—in 1992. The Diamond Age foresaw the future of nanotechnology in 1995. The more recent Reamde took the reader on a thriller through social media…
Ask finance ministers and central bankers around the world about their worst nightmare and the answer is almost always the same: Sometime soon the North Koreans or the Russians will improve on the two huge cyberattacks they pulled…
Social media are among the primary sources of news in the U.S. and across the world.
In Ann Arbor, Michigan, last week, 125 mostly white, mostly male, business-card-bearing attendees crowded into a brightly lit ballroom to consider "mobility."
Like a geeky alternative to the ice bucket challenge, the latest global trend to go viral is railing on Big Tech.
People can differ on their perceptions of "evil."
The Pentagon has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift in strategy that could increase the risk of conflict with the foreign…
Let me say this upfront: I'm not convinced that 'superintelligent' AI are the most pressing threat from coming generations of deep learning machines.
Alex Krizhevsky didn't get into the AI business to change the course of history.
A Russian sports official earlier this year estimated that as many as 2 million people would flock to the country during the World Cup, the month-long celebration of soccer—or football, fine—that kicks off today in Moscow.
The self-driving robots are coming to transform your job. Kind of. Also, very slowly.
Star Trek has a lot to answer for.
The reason you've been receiving a steady stream of privacy-policy updates from online services, some of which you may have forgotten you ever subscribed to, is that the European Union just enacted the General Data Protection…
Whistleblower or traitor, leaker or public hero?
This summer, the fifth instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise will be on the big screen, reinforcing a love of dinosaurs that has been with many of us since childhood.
What happens when you see bad physics in the world? Does it make you angry? Does it make you laugh?
The uptake of robotics technology is increasing at a startling rate.
129 experts in computer science, mathematics, and machine learning call for the release of their colleague, the Imperial College London professor who was arrested in April in Tehran.
For much of this decade, organizations seeking to protect wildlife have attempted to use emerging technology as a conservation tool, allowing small numbers of people to monitor and manage data from animals over a wide area.
Hugs make us feel warm and safe and comforted and loved.
Sheri Wells-Jensen is fascinated by languages no one has ever heard—those that might be spoken by aliens.
The absence of senior cybersecurity leaders in President Donald Trump's administration may be leaving the United States more vulnerable to digital warfare and less prepared for attacks on election systems, according to lawmakers…
Tim Cook, who has led Apple since 2011, spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep in a wide-ranging interview on Monday as the company kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.
In the summer of 1990, I was running a pretty weird nightclub in the Roppongi neighborhood of Tokyo.
Consciousness is everything you experience.
Assessing the effectiveness of anonymization in the review process.
A discussion of ideas about software engineering.
James Bond-like spies have been eclipsed by a new generation of operatives who don't travel the world (not physically, anyway) …
Finding errors is not the same strategy as making sure that a product works.
Forty years ago this week, in the case of Parker v …
Pain is an indispensable tool for survival.
A new smart power outlet can analyze electrical current usage …