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The Russian attacks on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the country's continuing election-related hacking have happened across all three dimensions of cyberspace—physical, informational, and cognitive.
As a Japanese, I grew up watching anime like "Neon Genesis Evangelion," which depicts a future in which machines and humans merge into cyborg ecstasy.
How does it feel to be the only scientist in Congress? Lonely.
The origins of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration can be traced all the way back to the Wright brothers, but the real story happened over less than a year.
In the midst of growing public concern over artificial intelligence (AI), privacy and the use of data, Brent Hecht has a controversial proposal: the computer-science community should change its peer-review process to ensure that…
What the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution means when it protects citizens against an unreasonable search by government agents isn't entirely clear.
It's been 22 years since Tom Cruise infiltrated a CIA vault suspended from a wire in the first Mission: Impossible flick.
President Donald Trump's insistence on holding a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin hobbled U.S. intelligence agencies that would usually get an intimate look at such a sit-down, but American spies still…
The only figure as capable as Donald Trump of spinning up an instant and frantic media cycle these days is Mark Zuckerberg, whose ubiquitous company can't manage not to trend on its own platform.
"For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on top of it," Tim Berners-Lee told me one morning in downtown Washington, D.C., about a half-mile from the…
When Google Translate converts news articles written in Spanish into English, phrases referring to women often become "he said" or "he wrote."
Acording to some estimates, about eighty-five per cent of the world's smartphones run on Google's Android operating system.
Twitter recently took drastic action as part of an effort to slow the spread of misinformation through its platform, shutting down more than two million automated accounts, or bots.
Computers' amazing abilities to entertain people, help them work, and even respond to voice commands are, at their heart, the results of decades of technological development and innovation in microprocessor design.
At the heart of the trade war between the United States and China lies a profound and unsettling question: Who should control the key technologies that will rule tomorrow?
They perch on poles and glare from streetlamps. Some hang barely visible in the ceiling of the subway, and others seem to stretch out on braced necks and peer into your eyes.
As President Donald Trump prepares to meet Vladimir Putin on Monday, lawmakers from both parties want him to demand that the Russian president hand over 12 hackers newly indicted for sabotaging the 2016 election. That's unlikely…
Parents, your child may have a new secret friend: your smart speaker.
Smartphones were once the best thing to happen to the tech industry—and for a while, it seemed, to all of us, too.
Five years ago, 25-year-old radical libertarian Cody Wilson stood on a remote central Texas gun range and pulled the trigger on the world's first fully 3-D-printed gun.
In the early hours of 5 February 1971, Don Eyles had a big problem: Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell were orbiting the moon, preparing to land, but it looked like they were going to have to come home without…
There was much celebrating in America last month when the US Department of Energy unveiled Summit, the world's fastest supercomputer. Now the race is on to achieve the next significant milestone in processing power: exascale …
President Trump has made his Supreme Court justice pick: Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
When journalists arrived in Singapore for the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month, security experts were alarmed by what awaited those who were covering the event.
Gravity may be the weakest of the fundamental forces in nature, but it is ultimately what enabled life on Earth to evolve.
In its quest to find extant life in the Solar System, NASA has focused its gaze on the Jovian moon Europa, home to what is likely the largest ocean known to humans.
First they came for the privacy violations, then they came for the memes.
China will succeed in building a powerful technology industry that will rival the United States, even if President Trump starts a trade war to stop it.
Remember when phone calls meant people wanted to talk to you about something other than lowering your interest rates?
Independent Audit of AI Systems is the next evolution of governance for artificial intelligence and automation.
Are we repeating the 1980's? It's even worse now.
A stab at a definition, for outsiders, of what we in computing mean by the term "variable" raises more questions …
Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it …
Spotting gravitational waves is due to become an almost hourly …
Here's some breaking fake news … Russia has declared war on …