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For the Debaters: What Shall We Do About the Tech Careening Our Way?
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For the Debaters: What Shall We Do About the Tech Careening Our Way?

Here's a question I’m hoping comes up at Monday's presidential debate: Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump, what would you do about self-driving trucks?

Are the Experts Worried About the Existential Risk of Artificial Intelligence?
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Are the Experts Worried About the Existential Risk of Artificial Intelligence?

If you believe everything you read, you are probably quite worried about the prospect of a superintelligent, killer AI.

The Cold War Is Over. The Cyber War Has Begun.
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The Cold War Is Over. The Cyber War Has Begun.

Contemplating Russian nuclear threats during the Cold War, the strategist Herman Kahn calibrated a macabre ladder of escalation, with 44 rungs ranging from "Ostensible...

Big Step for Quantum Teleportation Won't Bring Us Any Closer to Star Trek. Here's Why
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Big Step for Quantum Teleportation Won't Bring Us Any Closer to Star Trek. Here's Why

Two teams have set new distance records for quantum teleportation: using the weirdness of quantum mechanics to instantly transfer the condition or "state" of one...

'Just Because We Can With Data, Doesn't Mean We Should'
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'Just Because We Can With Data, Doesn't Mean We Should'

Data scientists should have a strong moral compass in order to handle big data, according to DJ Patil, deputy chief technology officer for data policy and chief...

The Leaky Myths of Snowden
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The Leaky Myths of Snowden

Oliver Stone's Snowden is a bad movie, stuffed with myth, short on drama.

Neither Hillary Clinton Nor Donald Trump Is Tech Savvy
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Neither Hillary Clinton Nor Donald Trump Is Tech Savvy

Rachel Law, the 20-something co-founder of a New York startup called Kip, is sitting next to me at a café, tapping her phone screen to show how the company’s service...

Why Scientists Must Share Their Research Code
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Why Scientists Must Share Their Research Code

Many scientists worry over the reproducibility of wet-lab experiments, but data scientist Victoria Stodden's focus is on how to validate computational research:...

The Feds Will Soon Be Able to Legally Hack Almost Anyone
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The Feds Will Soon Be Able to Legally Hack Almost Anyone

Digital devices and software programs are complicated. Behind the pointing and clicking on screen are thousands of processes and routines that make everything work...

The Time I Went on Border Patrol in a Virtual Reality World
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The Time I Went on Border Patrol in a Virtual Reality World

I found myself on a desolate desert road, in front of a man who was leaning against the hood of a banged-up sedan and next to a United States Border Patrol agent...

How Long Until Hackers Start Faking Leaked Documents?
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How Long Until Hackers Start Faking Leaked Documents?

In the past few years, the devastating effects of hackers breaking into an organization's network, stealing confidential data, and publishing everything have been...

The Worlds of H. G. Wells
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The Worlds of H. G. Wells

Herbert George Wells (1866–1946) occupies a singular place in science and culture.

Paperless Voting Could Fuel 'Rigged' Election Claims
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Paperless Voting Could Fuel 'Rigged' Election Claims

Voters in four competitive states will cast ballots in November on electronic machines that leave no paper trail—a lapse that threatens to sow distrust about a...

The Do-Not-Call List Has a Gaping Hole
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The Do-Not-Call List Has a Gaping Hole

Sure, legitimate telemarketers will refrain from calling you if you've put your phone number on it. But criminal telephone spammers will call you anyway because...

Before Apple And Facebook, There Was Something More Revolutionary
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Before Apple And Facebook, There Was Something More Revolutionary

It's easy to think that the modern era in communication began in the 1990s with the birth of the Internet.

The Next President Will Decide the Fate of Killer Robots, and the Future of War
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The Next President Will Decide the Fate of Killer Robots, and the Future of War

The next president will have a range of issues on their plate, from how to deal with growing tensions with China and Russia, to an ongoing war against ISIS.

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...

How an Inventor You've Probably Never Heard of Shaped the Modern World
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How an Inventor You've Probably Never Heard of Shaped the Modern World

Many of the inventors who fueled the digital revolution have become household names.

How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics for Artificial Intelligence
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How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics for Artificial Intelligence

For years, science-fiction moviemakers have been making us fear the bad things that artificially intelligent machines might do to their human creators.

Here's How Russian Hackers Could Actually Tip an American Election
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Here's How Russian Hackers Could Actually Tip an American Election

Reports this week of Russian intrusions into U.S. election systems have startled many voters, but computer experts are not surprised.
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