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What Is Facebook?
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What Is Facebook?

It's a question that's bedeviled the company's own executives for years

Machine Learning Won't Solve Natural Language Understanding
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Machine Learning Won't Solve Natural Language Understanding

Data-driven approaches to NLU are psychologically, cognitively, and computationally implausible.

The Third Revolution in Warfare
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The Third Revolution in Warfare

First there was gunpowder. Then nuclear weapons. Next: artificially intelligent weapons.

The Global Research Community Must Not Abandon Afghanistan
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The Global Research Community Must Not Abandon Afghanistan

Vulnerable Afghan researchers need the international research community’s support

Here's Why Tech Companies Are Suddenly Focused on Child Safety
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Here's Why Tech Companies Are Suddenly Focused on Child Safety

Tech colossi are responding to shifting political winds and trying to preempt new, impending regulations

There's a Better Way to Stop Ransomware Attacks
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There's a Better Way to Stop Ransomware Attacks

Adopt and enforce regulations for the cryptocurrency industry that are equivalent to traditional banking

No More Mr. Nice Robot?
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No More Mr. Nice Robot?

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

Why Common Sense Is Hard for Computers
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Why Common Sense Is Hard for Computers

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

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

A Thumbs Down for Streaming Privacy
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A Thumbs Down for Streaming Privacy

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

Whose Smartphone Is It?
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Whose Smartphone Is It?

Should two private companies have complete control over the world's cellphones?

Back of the Envelope
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Back of the Envelope

Back-of-the-envelope calculations are a powerful professional practice.

Women's Lives in Code
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Women's Lives in Code

Exploring Ellen Ullman's 'Close to the Machine' and AMC's 'Halt and Catch Fire.'

Elon Musk's Tesla Bot Is a Joke
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Elon Musk's Tesla Bot Is a Joke

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

How AI Can Enhance the Human Experience
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How AI Can Enhance the Human Experience

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

Could Cyberwar Make the World Safer?
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Could Cyberwar Make the World Safer?

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

Big Tech Is Bending to the Indian Government's Will
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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

Now That Machines Can Learn, Can They Unlearn?
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Now That Machines Can Learn, Can They Unlearn?

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

'I Predict That the Metaverse Won't Happen'
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'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

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