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Silicon Valley Wants To Read Your Mind. You Should Be Worried
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Silicon Valley Wants To Read Your Mind. You Should Be Worried

Mind-reading systems such as Facebook's brainwave-reading device and Neuralink's brain implants can affect privacy, security, identity, equality and personal safety...

Why Tech Will Never Be Able to Predict the Next Mass Shooting
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Why Tech Will Never Be Able to Predict the Next Mass Shooting

Following the horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton last weekend, President Trump called on social media companies to develop tools that could help identify...

Western Academia Helps Build China's Automated Racism
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Western Academia Helps Build China's Automated Racism

Researchers in China are developing new and more invasive techniques to surveil the Uyghurs minority. Some of their work is being supported by academia in the West...

Why Robot Umpires Are Inevitable in Baseball's Future
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Why Robot Umpires Are Inevitable in Baseball's Future

I don't know how long it will be before we get robot umpires calling balls and strikes, but the technology is here to do it today.

Op-Ed: 'Ethical AI' Matters — The Problem Lies in Defining It
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Op-Ed: 'Ethical AI' Matters — The Problem Lies in Defining It

News that Microsoft will invest around $1 billion to examine ethical artificial intelligence signals that the tech sector is thinking deeper about the ethics underlying...

AI Researchers Need to Stop Hiding the Climate Toll of Their Work
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AI Researchers Need to Stop Hiding the Climate Toll of Their Work

Researchers are sounding the alarm about the surprisingly large carbon footprint of the computations required for deep learning.

Teaching AIs to Make Mistakes Like Kids Would Help Them Learn Faster
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Teaching AIs to Make Mistakes Like Kids Would Help Them Learn Faster

Teaching artificial intelligence to think like children may make them better learners.

Here Are 10 Ways AI Could Help Fight Climate Change
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Here Are 10 Ways AI Could Help Fight Climate Change

An international team of 22 big name AI researchers have laid out a road map suggesting how machine learning can help save the planet and humanity from imminent...

As Governments Adopt Artificial Intelligence, There's Little Oversight and Lots of Danger
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As Governments Adopt Artificial Intelligence, There's Little Oversight and Lots of Danger

Artificial intelligence systems can—if properly used—help make government more effective and responsive, improving the lives of citizens. Improperly used, however...

­ntold History of AI: The DARPA Dreamer Who Aimed for Cyborg Intelligence
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­ntold History of AI: The DARPA Dreamer Who Aimed for Cyborg Intelligence

At 10:30pm on 29 October 1969, a graduate student at UCLA sent a two-letter message from an SDS Sigma 7 computer to another machine a few hundred miles away at...

Robots on the Run
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Robots on the Run

Young animals gallop across fields, climb trees and immediately find their feet with enviable grace after they fall.

Cars Are Regulated for Safety, Why Not Information Technology?
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Cars Are Regulated for Safety, Why Not Information Technology?

As the computing industry grapples with its role in society, many people, both in the field and outside it, are talking about a crisis of ethics.

A Second 737 Max Crash Raises Questions about Airplane Automation
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A Second 737 Max Crash Raises Questions about Airplane Automation

As you read this, over a million people are in flight. Close to a third of the commercial airplanes in the sky at any given moment are Boeing 737s: it is the best...

China Is Catching ­p to the ­S on Artificial Intelligence Research
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China Is Catching ­p to the ­S on Artificial Intelligence Research

Researchers, companies and countries around the world are racing to explore—and exploit—the possibilities of artificial intelligence technology.

Don't Let Robots Pull the Trigger
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Don't Let Robots Pull the Trigger

The killer machines are coming. Robotic weapons that target and destroy without human supervision are poised to start a revolution in warfare comparable to the...

Don't Be Fooled by Fake Images and Videos Online
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Don't Be Fooled by Fake Images and Videos Online

One month before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an "Access Hollywood" recording of Donald Trump was released in which he was heard lewdly talking about women...

AI's Big Challenge
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AI's Big Challenge

The recently signed executive order establishing the American AI Initiative correctly identifies artificial intelligence as central to American competitiveness...

Will AI Achieve Consciousness? Wrong Question
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Will AI Achieve Consciousness? Wrong Question

When Norbert Wiener, the father ofcybernetics, wrote his book The Human Use of Human Beings in 1950, vacuum tubes were still the primary electronic building blocks...

The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know
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The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

A few years ago, the leaders of the College Board, the folks who administer the SAT college entrance exam, asked themselves a radical question: Of all the skills...

What Trump's Executive Order on AI Is Missing
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What Trump's Executive Order on AI Is Missing

President Trump signed an executive order on February 11 meant to shore up our competitive position in the international race for AI supremacy, but it is short...
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