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

Three Problems with Facebook's Plan to Kill Hate Speech Using AI
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Three Problems with Facebook's Plan to Kill Hate Speech Using AI

Mark Zuckerberg told the US Congress this week that Facebook will increasingly rely on artificial intelligence to catch hate speech spread on the platform.

Bitcoin Would Be a Calamity, Not an Economy
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Bitcoin Would Be a Calamity, Not an Economy

Earlier this year, Jack Dorsey, cofounder of Twitter and CEO of Square, declared that Bitcoin would become the world's "single currency" within a decade.

Here's How the US Needs to Prepare for the Age of Artificial Intelligence
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Here's How the US Needs to Prepare for the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Politicians worldwide are stealing one of the US government's best ideas by drawing up ambitious plans to make the most of advances in artificial intelligence. ...

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...

The Tax Overhaul Could Cripple the U.s. as a Leader in Science
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The Tax Overhaul Could Cripple the U.s. as a Leader in Science

The graduate education system in the United States is rightly considered the best in the world. But Republicans in the House of Representatives have passed a bill...

What I Learned from the People Who Built the Atom Bomb
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What I Learned from the People Who Built the Atom Bomb

When I began my career in elementary particle physics, the great figures who taught and inspired me had been part of the Manhattan Project generation that developed...

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.

China's Tech Moguls Warn of Ai's Troubling Trajectory
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China's Tech Moguls Warn of Ai's Troubling Trajectory

China has seen incredible economic and social changes over the past few decades. But could the impact of artificial intelligence take the country by surprise?

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."

Ai's Pr Problem
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Ai's Pr Problem

Had artificial intelligence been named something less spooky, we'd probably worry about it less.

With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don't Believe It.
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With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don't Believe It.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, by way of blogger and cartoonist Tim Urban, has revealed in a 36,400-word illustrated explainer the thinking behind his new...
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