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Voice assistants are becoming commonplace in most homes and offices, but using women's voices for most devices may be doing more harm than good.
Everything you do online is underpinned by a globe-spanning labyrinth of physical infrastructure that wasn't built with a changing climate in mind.
A new global report ranks 50 tech companies from 12 countries and identifies those at 'highest risk' of putting the world at risk through killer robot development.
Virtual reality is much more than a gaming technology. In fact, VR has the makings of a pedagogical silver bullet.
Mind-reading systems such as Facebook's brainwave-reading device and Neuralink's brain implants can affect privacy, security, identity, equality and personal safety.
Some of the international protections against nuclear conflicts don't exist for cyberattacks.
Cal Newport, a computer science professor at Georgetown University, argues that our grandkids will be mystified by our addiction to email. He has some thoughts about how we got here and how we might do it better.
Following the horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton last weekend, President Trump called on social media companies to develop tools that could help identify violent shooters before they act. Technically, this is a nearly…
It takes a lot of effort, research, and efficiency to manipulate people online and influence their behavior in the real world. Silicon Valley has it down to a science.
Researchers in China are developing new and more invasive techniques to surveil the Uyghurs minority. Some of their work is being supported by academia in the West.
I don't know how long it will be before we get robot umpires calling balls and strikes, but the technology is here to do it today.
The last several years have seen a shift in textbook policies at colleges and universities — one that has more recently turned tectonic.
News that Microsoft will invest around $1 billion to examine ethical artificial intelligence signals that the tech sector is thinking deeper about the ethics underlying transformative technologies. But what is ethical AI?
What if the true lasting effect of technology is to deflate pricing power and kill inflation?
Researchers are sounding the alarm about the surprisingly large carbon footprint of the computations required for deep learning.
Considering how block-based programming environments and tools might be used at the introductory level and beyond.
How boundaries on speech could free the market for speech.
On writing documentation.
Connecting the unique factors that influenced the origination and subsequent development of the World Wide Web.
On the impact of large language models.
Until the middle of the 20th century, computers were in fact humans who performed calculations.