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August 2021


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Governments and Businesses Must Unite to Combat Ransomware Threat

Governments and Businesses Must Unite to Combat Ransomware Threat

Cybersecurity expert says nations must stop sheltering bad actors in order to thwart threats and attacks


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No More Mr. Nice Robot?

No More Mr. Nice Robot?

Humans might want—and need—robots to be jerks, at least sometimes.


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Tesla's Dojo Is Impressive, but It Won't Transform Supercomputing

Tesla's Dojo Is Impressive, but It Won't Transform Supercomputing

Dojo's reported performance numbers and niche application place it outside the ranks of true supercomputers


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Why Common Sense Is Hard for Computers

Why Common Sense Is Hard for Computers

Recent efforts have recognized machine common sense as a moonshot AI problem of our times


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Linux Turns 30: From Bedroom Project to Billions of Devices

Linux Turns 30: From Bedroom Project to Billions of Devices

Linux fellow Greg Kroah-Hartman talks about world domination, what was, and what may be for the kernel


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Now Is the Time to Prepare for the Quantum Computing Revolution

Now Is the Time to Prepare for the Quantum Computing Revolution

Quantum computing is likely five to 10 years away, says one expert, but waiting until it happens will put your organization behind.


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The Tech and Social Impact of AI's Emerging Foundation Models

The Tech and Social Impact of AI's Emerging Foundation Models

They could be pivotal for the future of not only machine learning but also society as a whole


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No Perfect Solution in Apple's Privacy vs. Child Safety Debate

No Perfect Solution in Apple's Privacy vs. Child Safety Debate

How do opponents to Apple's child safety features calculate risk, and more importantly, what alternatives do they propose?


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A Thumbs Down for Streaming Privacy

A Thumbs Down for Streaming Privacy

The streaming apps and devices we pay for aren't necessarily careful with our personal information.


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Elon Musk's Tesla Bot Is a Joke

Elon Musk's Tesla Bot Is a Joke

Don't overthink it: It's just a distraction and an empty promise


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How AI Can Enhance the Human Experience

How AI Can Enhance the Human Experience

With AI, the digital age can complement humanity like never before


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Could Cyberwar Make the World Safer?

Could Cyberwar Make the World Safer?

Perhaps, if nations can settle for slugging it out online, rather than with guns and missiles?


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How Big Data Carried Graph Theory into New Dimensions

How Big Data Carried Graph Theory into New Dimensions

Researchers are turning to the mathematics of higher-order interactions to better model complex connections in data


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Big Tech Is Bending to the Indian Government's Will

Big Tech Is Bending to the Indian Government's Will

The chasm between how platform giants uphold democratic values in the West and don't in the global south grows by the day


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What Does the Head of Remote Do?

What Does the Head of Remote Do?

Darren Murph, head of remote at GitLab, shares what he does and why the role is here to stay


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Now That Machines Can Learn, Can They Unlearn?

Now That Machines Can Learn, Can They Unlearn?

Researchers are testing whether they can remove sensitive data without retraining AI systems from scratch


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Deloitte's Quantum Computing Leader on the Technology's Healthcare Future

Deloitte's Quantum Computing Leader on the Technology's Healthcare Future

Scott Buchholz believes it will improve healthcare analytics, disease tracking and diagnosis, supply chains, drug discovery, and more


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'I Predict That the Metaverse Won't Happen'

'I Predict That the Metaverse Won't Happen'

Silicon Valley has been anticipating virtual reality for more than three decades, but people mostly like actual reality


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TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook Want to Appear Trustworthy but Don't Be Fooled

TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook Want to Appear Trustworthy but Don't Be Fooled

The dark side of AI systems may be harmful to users, but they are a gold mine for platforms


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Science Must Be for Everyone

Science Must Be for Everyone

Racism and sexism are obstacles to making the scientific enterprise worthy of its public funding


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Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

The mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth


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How to Do Machine Learning without an Army of Data Scientists

How to Do Machine Learning without an Army of Data Scientists

Machine learning is still harder than it needs to be, but there are tools that can help


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How AI Struggles with Bike Lanes and Bias

How AI Struggles with Bike Lanes and Bias

Despite continued advances in AI, we still haven't solved some of its most basic problems


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Technology Is Making It Harder to Be a Moral Person

Technology Is Making It Harder to Be a Moral Person

Are digital distractions such as social media and smartphones making us less ethical?


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New SEC Boss Wants More Crypto Oversight to Protect Investors

New SEC Boss Wants More Crypto Oversight to Protect Investors

Gary Gensler says regulation can help new technologies grow.


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The Voices of Women in Tech Are Still Being Erased

The Voices of Women in Tech Are Still Being Erased

Women in computing have been silenced more often than they've been listened to


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Why One of Ethereum's Cofounders Is Walking Away from Crypto

Why One of Ethereum's Cofounders Is Walking Away from Crypto

Anthony Di Iorio discusses his exit, the trends behind crypto's rise, risk, security, and changes coming to Ethereum


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Infrastructure Bill's Cryptocurrency Surveillance Provision Is Privacy Disaster

Infrastructure Bill's Cryptocurrency Surveillance Provision Is Privacy Disaster

Mandate to collect customer data would force companies related to cryptocurrency to surveil users


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What I Learned Surrendering My Life to Algorithms

What I Learned Surrendering My Life to Algorithms

What happens when someone leaves daily choices about music, food, wardrobe, and more up to online algorithms for a week


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Why Tesla's 'Beta Testing' Puts the Public at Risk

Why Tesla's 'Beta Testing' Puts the Public at Risk

Elon Musk has turned American streets into a public laboratory for the company's supposed self-driving car technology

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