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Video Refereeing a Boon and a Bust at World Cup
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Video Refereeing a Boon and a Bust at World Cup

As must have been the case with the first glimmers of electric lights in the 19th century, video assistant referees benefited from an initial "Wow! The technology...

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.

The Supreme Court Just Struck a Blow Against Mass Surveillance
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The Supreme Court Just Struck a Blow Against Mass Surveillance

The Supreme Court decided Friday that cell-site location information is protected by the Fourth Amendment's guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures...

A Plea for AI That Serves Humanity Instead of Replacing It
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A Plea for AI That Serves Humanity Instead of Replacing It

Sixty-two years ago this summer, Dartmouth professor John McCarthy coined the term artificial intelligence. Joi Ito, director of MIT's Media Lab, has come to think...

Why Hackers Aren't Afraid of ­s
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Why Hackers Aren't Afraid of ­s

Ask finance ministers and central bankers around the world about their worst nightmare and the answer is almost always the same: Sometime soon the North Koreans...

Misinformation and Biases Infect Social Media, Both Intentionally and Accidentally
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Misinformation and Biases Infect Social Media, Both Intentionally and Accidentally

Social media are among the primary sources of news in the U.S. and across the world.

Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin
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Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, last week, 125 mostly white, mostly male, business-card-bearing attendees crowded into a brightly lit ballroom to consider "mobility."

Forget 'Techlash,' The Biggest Problem for Tech Is a Widening Transatlantic Rift
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Forget 'Techlash,' The Biggest Problem for Tech Is a Widening Transatlantic Rift

Like a geeky alternative to the ice bucket challenge, the latest global trend to go viral is railing on Big Tech.

The Erosion of Reality
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The Erosion of Reality

Let me say this upfront: I'm not convinced that 'superintelligent' AI are the most pressing threat from coming generations of deep learning machines.

Going To the World Cup? Leave the Laptop at Home
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Going To the World Cup? Leave the Laptop at Home

A Russian sports official earlier this year estimated that as many as 2 million people would flock to the country during the World Cup, the month-long celebration...

Self-Driving Cars Likely Won't Steal Your Job (­ntil 2040)
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Self-Driving Cars Likely Won't Steal Your Job (­ntil 2040)

The self-driving robots are coming to transform your job. Kind of. Also, very slowly.

Teleportation: Will It Ever Be a Possibility?
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Teleportation: Will It Ever Be a Possibility?

Star Trek has a lot to answer for.

Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?
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Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?

The reason you've been receiving a steady stream of privacy-policy updates from online services, some of which you may have forgotten you ever subscribed to, is...

Connected Cars Can Lie, Posing a New Threat to Smart Cities
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Connected Cars Can Lie, Posing a New Threat to Smart Cities

The day when cars can talk to each other—and to traffic lights, stop signs, guardrails and even pavement markings—is rapidly approaching.

The Many Shades of Bad Physics
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The Many Shades of Bad Physics

What happens when you see bad physics in the world? Does it make you angry? Does it make you laugh?

We Know You Hate the Internet of Things, but It's Saving Megafauna from Poachers
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We Know You Hate the Internet of Things, but It's Saving Megafauna from Poachers

For much of this decade, organizations seeking to protect wildlife have attempted to use emerging technology as a conservation tool, allowing small numbers of people...

Trump's Lack of Cyber Leader May Make ­.S. Vulnerable
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Trump's Lack of Cyber Leader May Make ­.S. Vulnerable

The absence of senior cybersecurity leaders in President Donald Trump's administration may be leaving the United States more vulnerable to digital warfare and less...

The Responsibility of Immortality: Welcome to the New Transhumanism
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The Responsibility of Immortality: Welcome to the New Transhumanism

In the summer of 1990, I was running a pretty weird nightclub in the Roppongi neighborhood of Tokyo.

What Is Consciousness?
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What Is Consciousness?

Consciousness is everything you experience.

Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore
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Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore

The telephone swept into Americans' lives in the first decades of the 20th century.
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