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How the Republicans Sold Your Privacy to Internet Providers
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How the Republicans Sold Your Privacy to Internet Providers

On Tuesday afternoon, while most people were focused on the latest news from the House Intelligence Committee, the House quietly voted to undo rules that keep internet...

War By Any Means: The Story of DARPA
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War By Any Means: The Story of DARPA

Shortly after arriving at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in April 1958, the new chief scientist presented a plan to the agency's director.

The Trump Administration's War on Science
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The Trump Administration's War on Science

"Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people," President Trump said in his speech to Congress last month, after summoning...

Evolution Strategies as a Scalable Alternative to Reinforcement Learning
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Evolution Strategies as a Scalable Alternative to Reinforcement Learning

We've discovered that evolution strategies (ES), an optimization technique that's been known for decades, rivals the performance of standard reinforcement learning...

What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur Today
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What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur Today

In his keynote address before the fifth edition of the Tech Open Air conference in Berlin in 2016, Kickstarter's cofounder and CEO Yancey Strickler suggests the...

Wanted: Toolsmiths
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Wanted: Toolsmiths

Seeking to use software, hardware, and algorithmic ingenuity to create unique domain-independent instruments.

The Chess Player Who Couldn't Pass the Salt
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The Chess Player Who Couldn't Pass the Salt

AI: Soft and hard, weak and strong, narrow and general. Dear KV,

Online Social Networks and Global Women's Empowerment
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Online Social Networks and Global Women's Empowerment

Mediating social change or reinforcing male hegemony?

The Battle for Top AI Talent Only Gets Tougher From Here
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The Battle for Top AI Talent Only Gets Tougher From Here

Andrew Ng helped create two of Silicon Valley's leading artificial intelligence labs.

Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Is a Threat to American Leadership
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Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Is a Threat to American Leadership

New immigration policies, coupled with xenophobic rhetoric and actions both before and after the election, are undoing the compact between the United States and...

No, Microwave Ovens Cannot Spy on You, for Lots of Reasons
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No, Microwave Ovens Cannot Spy on You, for Lots of Reasons

If you've been feeling a little paranoid lately—like even your standing mixer may be spying on you—rest assured that Trump senior counselor Kellyanne Conway shares...

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?
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Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture...

WikiLeaks' Attack on U.S. Intelligence
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WikiLeaks' Attack on U.S. Intelligence

Tuesday's WikiLeaks release exposing thousands of detailed documents on CIA hacking tools is an unbridled attack on U.S. intelligence operations with little or...

Why the Biggest Challenge Facing AI Is an Ethical One
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Why the Biggest Challenge Facing AI Is an Ethical One

Artificial intelligence is everywhere and it's here to stay.

Africa Needs More Women Computer Scientists: How To Make It Happen
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Africa Needs More Women Computer Scientists: How To Make It Happen

Computer science is an especially male-dominated university course all over the world. I have some ideas about how to throw open more doors for women computer scientists...

Trump's Wiretap Rant Betrays Ignorance of the Law
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Trump's Wiretap Rant Betrays Ignorance of the Law

President Donald Trump set the political and national security community on fire Saturday morning, starting the day with a four-part Twitter rant alleging that...

The Wisdom of Nokia's Dumbphone
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The Wisdom of Nokia's Dumbphone

They weighed heavy in pockets and jackets and bags, for they were thick and bulky, not lithe and narrow. 

I'm Marching to Fight the Alarming War on Science. Join Me
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I'm Marching to Fight the Alarming War on Science. Join Me

Two new public marches and demonstrations focused on science and climate change have been scheduled for April. I plan to be at both.

Boston Dynamics' New Rolling, Leaping Robot Is an Evolutionary Marvel
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Boston Dynamics' New Rolling, Leaping Robot Is an Evolutionary Marvel

If you're ever feeling down, do yourself a favor and watch some footage from the 2015 Darpa Robotics Challenge.

 Listen, Technology Holdouts: Enough Is Enough
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Listen, Technology Holdouts: Enough Is Enough

Even as fanatic customers can be counted on to line up outside the Apple store for the latest iPhone, there are still millions of Americans who don't use a smartphone...
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