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A Second 737 Max Crash Raises Questions about Airplane Automation
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A Second 737 Max Crash Raises Questions about Airplane Automation

As you read this, over a million people are in flight. Close to a third of the commercial airplanes in the sky at any given moment are Boeing 737s: it is the best...

Five Emerging Cyber-Threats to Worry About in 2019
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Five Emerging Cyber-Threats to Worry About in 2019

Last year was full of cybersecurity disasters, from the revelation of security flaws in billions of microchips to massive data breaches and attacks using malicious...

When Chinese Hackers Declared War on the Rest of ­s
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When Chinese Hackers Declared War on the Rest of ­s

Late one Wednesday in March 2015, an alarm sounded in the offices of GitHub, a San Francisco-based software firm. The company's offices exemplified the kind of...

Never Mind Killer Robots; Here Are Six Real AI Dangers to Watch Out for in 2019
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Never Mind Killer Robots; Here Are Six Real AI Dangers to Watch Out for in 2019

Once it was fashionable to fret about the prospect of super-intelligent machines taking over the world. The past year showed that AI may cause all sorts of hazards...

How China Got a Head Start in Fintech, and Why the West Won't Catch ­p
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How China Got a Head Start in Fintech, and Why the West Won't Catch ­p

In 2013 I moved from Paris to Beijing to study China's financial system. I stayed for two years and became fluent enough to translate economics books from Mandarin...

Who Needs Democracy When You Have Data?
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Who Needs Democracy When You Have Data?

In 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an experiment in "electronic democracy," in which a single citizen, selected to represent...

The ­S May Have Just Pulled Even with China in the Race to Build Supercomputing's Next Big Thing
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The ­S May Have Just Pulled Even with China in the Race to Build Supercomputing's Next Big Thing

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...

This Is How the Robot Uprising Finally Begins
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This Is How the Robot Uprising Finally Begins

The robot arm is performing a peculiar kind of Sisyphean task.

Here's How Hackers Could Cause Chaos in This Year's ­S Midterm Elections
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Here's How Hackers Could Cause Chaos in This Year's ­S Midterm Elections

On November 6, Americans will head to the polls to vote in the congressional midterm elections. In the months before the contest, hordes of foreign hackers will...

Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs
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Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs

I took an Uber to an artificial-­intelligence conference at MIT one recent morning, and the driver asked me how long it would take for autonomous vehicles to take...

Connectivity Hacking Back Makes a Comeback—but It's Still a Really Bad Idea
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Connectivity Hacking Back Makes a Comeback—but It's Still a Really Bad Idea

In spite of the billions of dollars companies collectively spend each year on cyberdefenses, hackers keep defeating them.

Is Technology About to Decimate White-Collar Work?
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Is Technology About to Decimate White-Collar Work?

Kai-Fu Lee, one of China's best-known technologists and investors, thinks artificial intelligence is about to supplant many millions of the country's office workers...

Fiction That Gets AI Right
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Fiction That Gets AI Right

Even the most futuristic applications of AI, from robotic servants to instant health scans, somehow already seem familiar because they have been endless fodder...

The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions
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The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions

We are surrounded by hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence and robotics—hysteria about how powerful they will become, how quickly, and what they...

China's AI Awakening
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China's AI Awakening

On a tropical island that marks the southern tip of China, a computer program called Lengpudashi is playing one-on-one poker against a dozen people at once, and...

The Myth of the Skills Gap
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The Myth of the Skills Gap

The contention that America's workers lack the skills employers demand is an article of faith among analysts, politicians, and pundits of every stripe, from conservative...

The Enduring Legacy of Zork
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The Enduring Legacy of Zork

In 1977, four recent MIT graduates who'd met at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science used the lab's PDP-10 mainframe to develop a computer game that captivated...

A Reality Check For Ibm's AI Ambitions
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A Reality Check For Ibm's AI Ambitions

Paul Tang was with his wife in the hospital just after her knee replacement surgery, a procedure performed on about 700,000 people in the U.S. every year.

Russian Disinformation Technology 
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Russian Disinformation Technology 

On July 17, 2014, as passengers checked in at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, "Necro Mancer"(@666_mancer) tweeted about an unusual...

Finding Solace in Defeat By Artificial Intelligence
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Finding Solace in Defeat By Artificial Intelligence

Fan Hui, the European Go champion, needed some fresh air. "I don't understand myself anymore."
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