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October 2016


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Today's Artificial Intelligence Does Not Justify Basic Income

Today's Artificial Intelligence Does Not Justify Basic Income

Not a day goes by when we do not hear about the threat of AI taking over the jobs of everyone from truck drivers to accountants to radiologists.


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Nate Silver Blew It When He Missed Trump. Now He Really Needs to Get It Right.

Nate Silver Blew It When He Missed Trump. Now He Really Needs to Get It Right.

Nate Silver is on the downtown 1 train. Possibly because he looks like a (modestly) hip math teacher, and hardly looks up from his phone, he goes unrecognized until he reaches the PlayStation Theater in Times Square.


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America Isn't Ready for a Cyberattack

America Isn't Ready for a Cyberattack

The recent cyberattack that rendered more than 1,200 websites unreachable was a warning. Experts say a similar, or larger, attack could be launched tomorrow, and we’d be powerless to prevent it.


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E-Voting Refuses to Die Even Though It's Neither Secure Nor Secret

E-Voting Refuses to Die Even Though It's Neither Secure Nor Secret

In theory, using the internet or e-mail to vote for the U.S. president sounds like a good idea.


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Who Oversees Data Brokers Selling Your Personal Info? No One

Who Oversees Data Brokers Selling Your Personal Info? No One

You probably already know that you have precious little privacy, and that shadowy data brokers have built the buying and selling of people’s personal information into a multibillion-dollar industry.


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Vulnerability Is the Internet's Original Sin

Vulnerability Is the Internet's Original Sin

On the day (perhaps not long from now) when the entire internet crashes, no one will be able to say that we didn’t see it coming.


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The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers

The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers

Last summer, an audience of government officials, military personnel, and foreign ambassadors gathered in Aspen, Colorado, to hear John Carlin, then an assistant attorney general, speak about cyberattacks.


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

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

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


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Mark Zuckerberg's Long March to China

Mark Zuckerberg's Long March to China

For U.S. Internet businesses, China is the land of moral defeat.


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AI Is Not Out to Get Us

AI Is Not Out to Get Us

Elon Musk's new plan to go all-in on self-driving vehicles puts a lot of faith in the artificial intelligence needed to ensure his Teslas can read and react to different driving situations in real time.


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If They Google You, Do You Win?

If They Google You, Do You Win?

Are voters misleading pollsters? Are there hidden Donald Trump supporters who could throw the election his way?


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Inside Microsoft's Quest for a Topological Quantum Computer

Inside Microsoft's Quest for a Topological Quantum Computer

The race is on build a "universal" quantum computer. Such a device could be programmed to speedily solve problems that classical computers cannot crack, potentially revolutionizing fields from pharmaceuticals to cryptography.


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Incessant Consumer Surveillance Is Leaking Into Physical Stores

Incessant Consumer Surveillance Is Leaking Into Physical Stores

You just wanted to shop for a birthday gift in peace—instead, you got ads that follow you around the internet, and coupons in your email that remember exactly which products you clicked on.


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Where Do All the Old Programmers Go?

Where Do All the Old Programmers Go?

In a recent editorial, Norman Matloff, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Davis, describes software engineering as a career dead end. Somehow I doubt it.


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Hey Silicon Valley: President Obama Has a To-Do List for You

Hey Silicon Valley: President Obama Has a To-Do List for You

Ask not what the government can do for Silicon Valley; ask what Silicon Valley can do for the government.


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Whoever Wins the White House, This Year's Big Loser Is Email

Whoever Wins the White House, This Year's Big Loser Is Email

Every four years, pundits race to anoint this or that newfangled tech trend as the next disruptive force to forever alter the mechanics of American democracy.


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Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?

Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?

Late last week Obama administration officials used NBC News to send Moscow a cryptic threat: The U.S. government is "contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action" against Russia for allegedly interfering in the upcoming…


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Dwarf Planets Aren't Big News, Because Astronomy Is Doing a Great Job

Dwarf Planets Aren't Big News, Because Astronomy Is Doing a Great Job

Last week, astronomers  announced the discovery of DeeDee, a possible dwarf planet. That name—dwarf planet—means it is like Pluto: Massive enough to assume a spherical shape due to its own gravitational force, but not quite big…


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I Just Want Nate Silver to Tell Me It's All Going to Be Fine

I Just Want Nate Silver to Tell Me It's All Going to Be Fine

Evan has a habit. He's not ashamed of it, but he doesn't want to reveal too much about himself, lest his colleagues learn how he’s spending so much of his time.


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Maths Becomes biology's Magic Number

Maths Becomes biology's Magic Number

"If you want a career in medicine these days you're better off studying mathematics or computing than biology."


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Inside Nat Geo's Incredible Documentary Mission to Mars

Inside Nat Geo's Incredible Documentary Mission to Mars

A spaceship is preparing to land on Mars when the crew notices that one of the thrusters isn’t firing.


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Algorithms Aren't Biased, But the People Who Write Them May Be

Algorithms Aren't Biased, But the People Who Write Them May Be

A provocative new book called "Weapons of Math Destruction" has inspired some charged headlines. But author Cathy O'Neil's message is subtle: Math isn't biased. People are biased.


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George Orwell Never Dreamed of Advertising as Invasive as Yahoo's Proposal

George Orwell Never Dreamed of Advertising as Invasive as Yahoo's Proposal

Yahoo wants to take advertising to the next level—that is, the Orwellian level—bombarding people in public places with targeted advertising served up by the surveillance society.


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Obama's Concerned an AI Could Hack America's Nukes

Obama's Concerned an AI Could Hack America's Nukes

During his eight years in office, President Barack Obama has seen hackers grow into a threat no president has faced before.


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There Is a Blind Spot in AI Research

There Is a Blind Spot in AI Research

This week, the White House published its report on the future of artificial intelligence (AI)—a product of four workshops held between May and July 2016 in Seattle, Pittsburgh, Washington DC and New York City (see go.nature.com…


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

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.


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Surveillance in the Post-Obama Era

Surveillance in the Post-Obama Era

During his 2008 campaign, President Obama vowed to assert greater oversight of the massive surveillance apparatus built in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, arguing that the United States needed to strike a better balance between…


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Russian Hacking Crisis Tests Obama's Nerve

Russian Hacking Crisis Tests Obama's Nerve

President Barack Obama came under immediate pressure Friday night to punish Russia for hacking into US political institutions—with calls to rally European allies behind sweeping new sanctions against Moscow.


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Ron Wyden Discusses Encryption, Data Privacy and Security

Ron Wyden Discusses Encryption, Data Privacy and Security

Ron Wyden, U.S. senator from Oregon and a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, recently talked about the privacy-versus-security debate.


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Welcome Your New Robot Overlords: Humans

Welcome Your New Robot Overlords: Humans

I became a robot.

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