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Your next smartphone might just throw you a curve.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, the current Supreme Court's longest-serving member, announced his retirement Wednesday, paving the way for Trump to shape the future America's highest court.
When retired Air Force General Michael Hayden took the helm of the National Security Agency in 1999 he found intelligence gathering, namely electronic espionage, to be in the midst of a sea change.
Supporters of the Islamic State, or ISIS, around the world gather online, becoming members of virtual communities in much the same way any of us might join online groups focused on some common interest.
As must have been the case with the first glimmers of electric lights in the 19th century, video assistant referees benefited from an initial "Wow! The technology works!" buzz when they first plugged themselves in at this World…
The robot arm is performing a peculiar kind of Sisyphean task.
The United States has knocked China out of the No. 1 position in supercomputing.
The Supreme Court decided Friday that cell-site location information is protected by the Fourth Amendment's guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures.
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.
As far as we know, only three or four original specimens of the Roman hand abacus have survived.
We don't experience program loops as blocks, started over, because time is one-way.