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What the Midterm Election Results Mean for Big Tech
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What the Midterm Election Results Mean for Big Tech

It may not have been the tsunami some expected, but the Democrat's long-promised blue wave was enough to carry the party to a majority in the House of Representatives ...

Colonizing Mars Means Contaminating Mars, and Never Knowing for Sure If It Had Its Own Native Life
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Colonizing Mars Means Contaminating Mars, and Never Knowing for Sure If It Had Its Own Native Life

The closest place in the universe where extraterrestrial life might exist is Mars, and human beings are poised to attempt to colonize this planetary neighbor within...

Artificial Intelligence Hits the Barrier of Meaning
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Artificial Intelligence Hits the Barrier of Meaning

You've probably heard that we're in the midst of an A.I. revolution.

Humans Are Getting More Botlike on Twitter
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Humans Are Getting More Botlike on Twitter

We know for sure that Cesar Sayoc, who allegedly targeted high-profile Democrats with mail bombs in late October, isn't a Russian bot.

Even a Few Bots Can Shift Public Opinion in Big Ways
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Even a Few Bots Can Shift Public Opinion in Big Ways

Nearly two-thirds of the social media bots with political activity on Twitter before the 2016 U.S. presidential election supported Donald Trump.

What the Boston School Bus Schedule Can Teach Us About AI
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What the Boston School Bus Schedule Can Teach Us About AI

When the Boston public school system announced new start times last December, some parents found the schedules unacceptable and pushed back.

The Real Houseguest of the Ecuadorian Embassy
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The Real Houseguest of the Ecuadorian Embassy

If Julian Assange of WikiLeaks denies the Ecuadorian government's stinging charge that he's a disgusting houseguest, he'd do well not to deny that charge "categorically...

The Internet Will Be the Death of Us
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The Internet Will Be the Death of Us


Nobody's Cellphone Is Really That Secure
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Nobody's Cellphone Is Really That Secure

Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that the Russians and the Chinese were eavesdropping on President Donald Trump's personal cellphone and using the...

What Isaac Asimov Taught Us About Predicting the Future
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What Isaac Asimov Taught Us About Predicting the Future

In February, the spaceflight company founded by Elon Musk conducted a test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, which successfully sent its payload into orbit around...

The Russia Investigations: The U.S. Launches a Digital Offensive, Gently 
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The Russia Investigations: The U.S. Launches a Digital Offensive, Gently 

Everyone knows how to picture the special operations troopers of, for example, the Army's elite Delta Force: Rough-looking customers with custom carbines and advanced...

CVPR Paper Controversy; ML Community Reviews Peer Review
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CVPR Paper Controversy; ML Community Reviews Peer Review

A series of unsettling incidents and heated discussions on social media have put the peer review process itself under scrutiny.

My Thoughts Are My Password, Because My Brain Reactions Are Unique
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My Thoughts Are My Password, Because My Brain Reactions Are Unique

Your brain is an inexhaustible source of secure passwords—but you might not have to remember anything. Passwords and PINs with letters and numbers are relatively...

Crude and Rude?
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Crude and Rude?

Old ways in the new oil business.

Using Any Surface to Realize a New Paradigm for Wireless Communications
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Using Any Surface to Realize a New Paradigm for Wireless Communications

Programmable wireless environments use unique customizable software processes rather than traditional rigid channel models.

How Machine Learning Impacts the Undergraduate Computing Curriculum
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How Machine Learning Impacts the Undergraduate Computing Curriculum

The growing importance of machine learning creates challenging questions for computing education.

The Big Picture
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The Big Picture

A systems-oriented view of trustworthiness.

The EU's Controversial Digital Single Market Directive
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The EU's Controversial Digital Single Market Directive

Should copyright enforcement have precedence over the interests of users in information privacy and fundamental freedoms?

How the Blockchain Could Break Big Tech's Hold on A.I.
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How the Blockchain Could Break Big Tech's Hold on A.I.

Pairing artificial intelligence and the blockchain might be what you would expect from a scammer looking to make a quick buck in 2018.

 Artificial Intelligence Will Make You Smarter
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Artificial Intelligence Will Make You Smarter

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