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Seven years ago, a cover of The Economist showed Barack Obama, head down on a Louisiana beach in front of an oil rig—the picture of lonely despair.
Last Thursday, Texas senior senator John Cornyn stood before an audience of wonks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, and warned that America's openness to investors looking for new ideas in technologies like…
In June 2016, Tony Fadell, the chief executive officer of Nest and one of the most important hardware executives of his generation, announced that he was leaving his smart-home company's parent, Alphabet Inc.
China has seen incredible economic and social changes over the past few decades. But could the impact of artificial intelligence take the country by surprise?
When I saw that Google had introduced a "Classic Papers" section of Google Scholar, its search tool for academic journals, I couldn't help but stroke my chin professorially.
There is a lot of money to be made from Artificial Intelligence.
You wake up refreshed. Ever since you got that alarm clock that adapts to your sleep cycle, your calendar, and the traffic report, you practically leap out of bed.
Next month, Amazon, Netflix, and dozens of other companies and organizations will host a "day of action" aimed at saving net neutrality as we know it.
What worries you about the coming world of artificial intelligence?
As an undergraduate at Cambridge University, Geoffrey Everest Hinton thought a lot about the brain. He wanted to better understand how it worked but was frustrated that no field of study—from physiology and psychology to physics…
Although progress has been made on providing more computer science education to K-12 students, the United States is still years away from providing adequate CS education in all schools so the field can realize its full potential…
Society's push toward anthropomorphized machines and humanized virtual assistants could have the unplanned effect of dehumanizing actual human beings.
When I was 15, my parents did not allow me to use AOL Instant Messenger. All of my friends used it, so I had to find a way around this rule.
In the 1995 film "Batman Forever," the Riddler used 3-D television to secretly access viewers' most personal thoughts in his hunt for Batman's true identity.
Artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly, and its impact on our daily lives will only increase.
A new report from UBS Securities analyst Steven Milunovich offers some interesting possibilities of how Apple may use augmented reality on its next iPhone.
Before the Internet, you would just sit in an armchair with a book open on your lap, staring into space or staring at a decorative broom on the wall—kind of shifting back and forth between those two modes of being.
Before anybody outside Apple was aware of it, the project that would become the iPhone was referred to internally by the code name Purple.
In 1991, most Americans had not yet heard of the internet.
Maths is the language of science.
Artificial intelligence may be one of the technology world's current obsessions, but many people find it scary, envisioning robots taking over the world.
Professor Lori Pollock discusses the University of Delaware's Partner 4 Computer Science program designed to equip K-12 educators with skills for teaching students computer development.
Here's some news that's not fake: Not everything you can read on the internet is true.
Back when I was doing research, one of my advisors once joked that, if you wait long enough, you can produce an old result using new methods, manage to get it published, and everyone will be impressed.
As Bill Gates sees it, there are three main threats to our species: nuclear war, climate change and the next global pandemic.
To distill a clear message from growing piles of unruly genomics data, researchers often turn to meta-analysis—a tried-and-true statistical procedure for combining data from multiple studies.
It took just days for authorities to arrest and charge a federal contractor with leaking classified intelligence to the media.
In the minds of many in Silicon Valley and in the auto industry, it is inevitable that cars will eventually drive themselves.
Urs Hölzle has a big job.
A recent public opinion poll by Mozilla and Ipsos reveals that 76% of Americans of varied political affiliations — Democrats, Republicans, and Independents — support net neutrality.
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 …