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If Only AI Could Save Us from Ourselves
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If Only AI Could Save Us from Ourselves

Humans have broken the Internet.

Three Touchy Questions For Tech Leaders to Ask Trump
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Three Touchy Questions For Tech Leaders to Ask Trump

Few in the technology sector besides Peter Thiel had much love for Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.

Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood Hacker
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Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood Hacker

For decades Hollywood has treated computers as magic boxes from which endless plot points could be conjured, in denial of all common sense.

Manufacturing Jobs Aren't Coming Back
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Manufacturing Jobs Aren't Coming Back

Pundits will debate the wellsprings of Donald Trump's election triumph for years.

Can the White House Make America's Chip Industry Great Again?
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Can the White House Make America's Chip Industry Great Again?

A new task force of industry experts wants to help home-grown semiconductor companies square up to their overseas challengers.

Today's Artificial Intelligence Does Not Justify Basic Income
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Today's Artificial Intelligence Does Not Justify Basic Income

Not a day goes by when we do not hear about the threat of AI taking over the jobs of everyone from truck drivers to accountants to radiologists.

The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers
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The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers

Last summer, an audience of government officials, military personnel, and foreign ambassadors gathered in Aspen, Colorado, to hear John Carlin, then an assistant...

Mark Zuckerberg's Long March to China
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Mark Zuckerberg's Long March to China

For U.S. Internet businesses, China is the land of moral defeat.

The Internet Is No Place For Public Elections
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The Internet Is No Place For Public Elections

Despite what your local election officials may tell you, you can’t trust the Internet with your vote.

Are the Experts Worried About the Existential Risk of Artificial Intelligence?
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Are the Experts Worried About the Existential Risk of Artificial Intelligence?

If you believe everything you read, you are probably quite worried about the prospect of a superintelligent, killer AI.

The Do-Not-Call List Has a Gaping Hole
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The Do-Not-Call List Has a Gaping Hole

Sure, legitimate telemarketers will refrain from calling you if you've put your phone number on it. But criminal telephone spammers will call you anyway because...

How an Inventor You've Probably Never Heard of Shaped the Modern World
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How an Inventor You've Probably Never Heard of Shaped the Modern World

Many of the inventors who fueled the digital revolution have become household names.

Why Russian Hackers Probably Can't Mess with the U.s. Election
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Why Russian Hackers Probably Can't Mess with the U.s. Election

State-sponsored Russian hackers appear to be behind attacks on voter databases in Arizona and Illinois.

Ai's Research Rut
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Ai's Research Rut

When we think of AI as one particular thing, we drag the whole field down.

How to Read Between the Lines of Tim Cook's Epic Interview
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How to Read Between the Lines of Tim Cook's Epic Interview

To celebrate five years as CEO of Apple, Tim Cook has given a very long, exclusive interview to the Washington Post about his experiences so far. But what he didn’t...

How Copyright Law Stifles Your Right to Tinker with Tech
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How Copyright Law Stifles Your Right to Tinker with Tech

The CEO of the gadget-repair site iFixit explains why tech groups are suing the U.S. government over the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Basic Income: A Sellout of the American Dream
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Basic Income: A Sellout of the American Dream

Matt Krisiloff is in a small, glass-walled conference room off the lobby of Y Combinator’s office in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, shouting distance...

The All-American Iphone
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The All-American Iphone

Donald Trump says that if he becomes president, he will "get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China." Bernie ­Sanders...

Why Seti Researchers Must Change the Way They Announce First Contact
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Why Seti Researchers Must Change the Way They Announce First Contact

One of humanity’s most significant events will be the discovery of intelligent life elsewhere in universe. Back in the 1980s, a group of astronomers involved in...

What If Apple Is Wrong?
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What If Apple Is Wrong?

Soon after Devon Godfrey was shot to death in his apartment in Harlem on the evening of April 12, 2010, officers with the New York Police Department thought they...
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