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Zuckerberg and Musk Are Both Wrong About AI
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Zuckerberg and Musk Are Both Wrong About AI

Back in 2015, a group of business leaders and scientists published an "open letter" about how controlling artificial superintelligence might be the most urgent...

First the Cloud, Now AI Takes on the Scientific Method
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First the Cloud, Now AI Takes on the Scientific Method

Back when I was doing research, one of my advisors once joked that, if you wait long enough, you can produce an old result using new methods, manage to get it published...

Forget Mars, Let's Go Colonize Titan!
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Forget Mars, Let's Go Colonize Titan!

For a while now, there's been a debate in the US over how to direct NASA's next major human spaceflight initiative.

Explaining the Upside and Downside of D-Wave's New Quantum Computer
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Explaining the Upside and Downside of D-Wave's New Quantum Computer

D-Wave, a company based in British Columbia, has announced a new version of its quantum annealer: the D-Wave 2000Q. As the name suggests, the number of bits has...

You Won't Believe What NASA Hid from Us This Year
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You Won't Believe What NASA Hid from Us This Year

As the federal agency at the forefront of exploring outer space, NASA winds up being the front door for all manner of alien conspiracies.

Here's What a 'Digital Miranda Warning' Might Look Like
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Here's What a 'Digital Miranda Warning' Might Look Like

Anyone who has ever watched an American crime movie or television show can practically recite the Miranda warning by heart, even if they don't know its official...

What the Trump Win Means for Tech, Science, and Beyond
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What the Trump Win Means for Tech, Science, and Beyond

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump will now become the 45th president, succeeding President Barack Obama.

George Orwell Never Dreamed of Advertising as Invasive as Yahoo's Proposal
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George Orwell Never Dreamed of Advertising as Invasive as Yahoo's Proposal

Yahoo wants to take advertising to the next level—that is, the Orwellian level—bombarding people in public places with targeted advertising served up by the surveillance...

Y2K 2.0: Is the U.S. Government Set to 'Give Away the Internet' Saturday?
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Y2K 2.0: Is the U.S. Government Set to 'Give Away the Internet' Saturday?

Remember the projected Y2K bug disaster? The world's computers would supposedly go haywire as the clock ticked to January 1, 2000, thus destroying the world and...

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Review: The Finest Soccer Game Ever Made
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Review: The Finest Soccer Game Ever Made

There are many ways to interpret the beautiful game.

Everyone Gets the Future Wrong: Lo and Behold Movie Review
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Everyone Gets the Future Wrong: Lo and Behold Movie Review

Hackers? Check. Driverless cars? Check. SpaceX? Check. Robots? Check. Elon Musk? Check. ARPANET? Check. Video game addicts? Check. Brainscans? Check. Internet of...

Hydrogen Molecule Falls to Quantum Computer
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Hydrogen Molecule Falls to Quantum Computer

We are at the beginning of a revolution. I've been going on about quantum computing for as long as I've been writing, but it has always been in the future tense...

Dark Patterns Are Designed to Trick You (and They're All Over the Web)
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Dark Patterns Are Designed to Trick You (and They're All Over the Web)

It happens to the best of us. After looking closely at a bank statement or cable bill, suddenly a small, unrecognizable charge appears.

Turkish Coup Plotters' Cyber Fail: Not Turning Off Internet
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Turkish Coup Plotters' Cyber Fail: Not Turning Off Internet

A failed coup attempt in Turkey, which began during the evening of July 15, was apparently coordinated using the WhatsApp mobile messaging service, according to...

Learning to Code as a 30-Year-Old Kid with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds
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Learning to Code as a 30-Year-Old Kid with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds

If you've installed the iOS 10 public beta since it came out last week, you’ll know that compatible iPads come loaded with the "Swift Playgrounds" app that Apple...

It'll Be Very Hard for Terrorism Victim's Family to Win Lawsuit Against Twitter
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It'll Be Very Hard for Terrorism Victim's Family to Win Lawsuit Against Twitter

Legal experts say that it will be an uphill battle for the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit this week against Twitter, Facebook, and Google.

Dear Apple: Please Use These Ideas to Modernize the Mac
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Dear Apple: Please Use These Ideas to Modernize the Mac

I took a vacation last month. I traveled some. I read a lot. And I refurbished an old late 2008 MacBook Pro, one of the original aluminum unibody models.

A Year with the Apple Watch: What Works, What Doesn't, and What Lies Ahead?
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A Year with the Apple Watch: What Works, What Doesn't, and What Lies Ahead?

About a year ago, Apple announced and released its first Apple Watch. The long-rumored product was Apple’s first all-new product category since the iPad and its...

Ford's Futurist Knows Kids Today See Status in Their Smartphones, Not Cars
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Ford's Futurist Knows Kids Today See Status in Their Smartphones, Not Cars

There can't be many job titles out there cooler than "futurist." And earlier this week, I sat down with Sheryl Connelly, who holds that position at the Ford Motor...

If Apple Aids Terrorists and the FBI Is Big Brother… Whom Do We Root For?
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If Apple Aids Terrorists and the FBI Is Big Brother… Whom Do We Root For?

There's been a lot of bluster about the ongoing encryption saga between the FBI and Apple.
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