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The holy grail of artificial intelligence—creating software that comes close to mimicking human intelligence—remains far off. But 2014 saw major strides in machine learning software that can gain abilities from experience.
When your family gathered for the holidays this year, did you take note of the technology everyone was using?
Lizard Squad. That's the hacker group whose name is suddenly on everyone's lips after it took credit for ruining Christmas for PlayStation and Xbox gamers everywhere.
A star appeared in the East.
The landing of the Philae Lander—on a comet travelling at 135,000km/h (84,000mph)—has been hailed as the start of a new chapter in space exploration.
Here at Wired Science, we're big fans of science graphics. And not just the fancy, big-budget ones, but charts and figures and visualizations: the folk art of scientific imagery.
It looks like the great cyber-war with North Korea has begun, at least by proxy.
It is not often that you are obliged to proclaim a much-loved genius wrong, but in his alarming prediction on artificial intelligence and the future of humankind, I believe Stephen Hawking has erred. To be precise, and in keeping…
This year's breakthrough captured the public's imagination with a series of hard-won pictures, beamed to Earth from a place beyond Mars.
Earlier this month, a mysterious group that calls itself Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer systems and began revealing many of the Hollywood studio’s best-kept secrets, from details about unreleased…
This month's news provides yet another occasion for a friendly public-service reminder to anyone who uses a digital device to say anything to anyone, ever.
The Sony Pictures hack is important, and the Sony Pictures hack is terrifying.
Space is big. Really big. And not just in terms of the mind-boggingly vast distances between the stars and planets out there in the Universe at large.
"The thing to keep in mind," William Gibson tells me when we meet in the quiet lounge of a Victorian-style hotel in Chicago, "is that I’m not actually predicting the future. I'm generating scenarios."
Patent trolls: They're a huge suck on the economy, eating up untold millions in legal fees and deliberately suing innocent companies just because they're flush with cash.
Long gone are the leather jackets, goggles, and silk scarves flung over the shoulders of aviators who wrestled with flight controls, furiously scanned instruments, and navigated using paper charts.
What are the elements of the Turing test?
A few years ago, the most enthusiastic advocates of MOOCs believed that these "massive open online courses" stood poised to overturn the century-old model of higher education.
Does artificial intelligence threaten our species, as the cosmologist Stephen Hawking recently suggested?
The MIT Media Lab's Personal Robots Group flanks the soaring atrium on the fourth floor of the Wiesner Building, a wall of metal panels along the southern edge of Cambridge, Mass.
I'm an artificial-intelligence skeptic.
The robots are no longer coming; they are here. And the law's response has been lacking. What is the best approach for integrating this transformative technology? We need a federal agency to help figure it out.
The inventor of the World Wide Web said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was incorrect when he alleged the Internet was a project created by U.S. spies in the Central Intelligence Agency.
Science is full of mind-blowing and counterintuitive concepts.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk worries it is "potentially more dangerous than nukes."
In the popular telling, the dawn of personal computing begins in the summer of 1976, when Steve Wozniak showed off the Apple I at a meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club in Silicon Valley.
It's 2020, bitter cold outside, you’re running late for work, and the Linux box that controls your car isn't going to start unless you wire $20 worth of Bitcoin to an increasingly business-like criminal enterprise operating out…
Where now it stands the Plain of Gold did once my river flow.
Even if you're a devoted fan of video games, there's a decent chance you're not familiar with the name Ralph H. Baer.
Finding errors is not the same strategy as making sure that a product works.
Should we teach two different programming languages in the first CS course? Probably not -- here's what we know.
The professor was incredulous.
There are enough seismometers around these days to detect and …
Between last year and this year, the number of students …