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AI Dangers
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AI Dangers: Imagined and Real

Arguing against the arguments for the concept of the singularity.

Smart Machines Are Not a Threat to Humanity
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Smart Machines Are Not a Threat to Humanity

Worrying about machines that are too smart distracts us from the real and present threat from machines that are too dumb.

User-Centric Distributed Solutions for Privacy-Preserving Analytics
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User-Centric Distributed Solutions for Privacy-Preserving Analytics

How can cryptography empower users with sensitive data to access large-scale computing platforms in a privacy-preserving manner?

The Unholy Trinity of Software Development
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The Unholy Trinity of Software Development

Tests, documentation, and code.

Fostering Creativity Through Computing
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Fostering Creativity Through Computing

How creative thinking tools and computing can be used to support creative human endeavors.

The Future of the Internet of Things
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The Future of the Internet of Things

The IoT can become ubiquitous worldwide — if the pursuit of systemic trustworthiness can overcome the potential risks.

How to Sit Courtside at a Basketball Game Without Leaving Your Couch
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How to Sit Courtside at a Basketball Game Without Leaving Your Couch

One of the promises that virtual reality offered was that we'd all be able to watch "courtside" sports games without having to leave our couches.

Connected Devices Give Spies a Powerful New Way to Surveil
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Connected Devices Give Spies a Powerful New Way to Surveil

There is little doubt that the web is the greatest gift that any intelligence agency could have ever asked for.

When It Comes to Safety, Autonomous Cars Are Still 'Teen Drivers'
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When It Comes to Safety, Autonomous Cars Are Still 'Teen Drivers'

Automakers ask drivers to trust and share U.S. roadways with autonomous vehicles, but there is no easy answer as to when they will be considered "safe."

Just in Time for Trump, the NSA Loosens Its Privacy Rules
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Just in Time for Trump, the NSA Loosens Its Privacy Rules

As the privacy and civil liberty community braces for Donald Trump's impending control of US intelligence agencies like the NSA, critics have called on the Obama...

My God. It's Full of Black Holes.
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My God. It's Full of Black Holes.

The image above doesn’t look like much at a glance, does it?

At CES 2017, You Have to Ask: What Makes a Robot a Robot?
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At CES 2017, You Have to Ask: What Makes a Robot a Robot?

Tall, small, dancing, singing, cleaning, sassy, silly, cute and scary—CES 2017 was awash with robots.

10 Ways the iPhone Changed Everything
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10 Ways the iPhone Changed Everything

Ten years ago, Nokia was the world's largest phone maker. Microsoft was gearing up to launch Windows Vista. And the best new products at CES included a wireless...

Bitcoin Will Never Be a Currency; It's Something Way Weirder
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Bitcoin Will Never Be a Currency; It's Something Way Weirder

The value of bitcoin surged past $1,000 this week, the first time it has reached such heights since late 2013.

Why President Obama Won't Pardon Edward Snowden
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Why President Obama Won't Pardon Edward Snowden

On September 14, 2016, days before the premiere of Oliver Stone's hagiographic movieSnowden, Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty...

Don't Gut Net Neutrality. It's Good for People and Business
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Don't Gut Net Neutrality. It's Good for People and Business

The invention and commercialization of the internet is one of the things that makes America great.

Here's What Happens to Tech in 2017 (Unless 2016 Was All a Dream)
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Here's What Happens to Tech in 2017 (Unless 2016 Was All a Dream)

What does 2017 hold for the world of tech and media?

Computer Science in 2017: Going Beyond the Hour of Code
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Computer Science in 2017: Going Beyond the Hour of Code

Where do you hope education technology will go in 2017? What aspects of curriculum or community might get us there?

5 Big Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2017
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5 Big Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2017

Last year was huge for advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning. But 2017 may well deliver even more.

Quantum Computers Ready to Leap Out of the Lab in 2017
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Quantum Computers Ready to Leap Out of the Lab in 2017

Quantum computing has long seemed like one of those technologies that are 20 years away, and always will be.
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