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Franklin Foer is the author of World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech, a critique of the power held by the big tech companies, and the way it is used in our lives. He discusses the book in an interview.
On a tropical island that marks the southern tip of China, a computer program called Lengpudashi is playing one-on-one poker against a dozen people at once, and it's absolutely crushing them.
For more than two decades, Tim O'Reilly has been the conscience of the tech industry.
Computer Science Professor James "Jim" H. Waldo discusses privacy and technology in society today.
With more than half of its 1.4 billion people online, the world's most populous country is home to a slew of cyberspies and hackers.
The fact that the Nobel Prizes awarded in science have drawn controversy since their very inception hints at deep-rooted problems. The Nobels reward individuals — three at most, for each of the scientific prizes, in any given…
While the U.S. remains the global leader in Science and Technology, there is little doubt that its star is fading.
On the morning after the deadliest shooting in modern American history, there was a certain predictability in the response to a tragedy that left at least 59 dead and another 527 wounded on the Las Vegas Strip.
Google's AI chief isn't fretting about super-intelligent killer robots. Instead, John Giannandrea is concerned about the danger that may be lurking inside the machine-learning algorithms used to make millions of decisions every…
It's no secret that the United States has long dominated cutting-edge technologies, from personal computers and biotech to smartphones and social media.
Checking out the recent Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods.
If it seems like the sky is falling, that's because it is.
Considering the issues and opportunities raised by Agile practices in the development of high-integrity software.
Incidents from the early days of AI research are instructive in the current AI environment.
Integrating trust and automation in finance.
Documenting the discovery of several previously unknown replicas of historical computing devices made by Roberto A. Guatelli.
If a student's program goes awry, who is responsible? How do we protect society and encourage people to learn about …
The first-order theories of Gödel's results necessarily leave mathematical objects ill-defined.
Blake Johnson spends a lot of time thinking about things …
Algorithms are increasingly being used to make ethical decisions. Perhaps …
Venture capitalists are warning the Trump administration against limiting exports …