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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...

Toward a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons
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Toward a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons: Surmounting the Obstacles

A 10-point plan toward fashioning a proposal to ban some — if not all — lethal autonomous weapons.

Track How Technology Is Transforming Work
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Track How Technology Is Transforming Work

Advances in technology pose huge challenges for jobs. Productivity levels have never been higher in the United States, for example, but income for the bottom 50...

What If We Had Perfect Robot Referees
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What If We Had Perfect Robot Referees

Last month, Mark Clattenburg, who is generally regarded as one of the finest referees in professional soccer, left England's Premier League for a better-paying...

War By Any Means: The Story of DARPA
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War By Any Means: The Story of DARPA

Shortly after arriving at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in April 1958, the new chief scientist presented a plan to the agency's director.

Evolution Strategies as a Scalable Alternative to Reinforcement Learning
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Evolution Strategies as a Scalable Alternative to Reinforcement Learning

We've discovered that evolution strategies (ES), an optimization technique that's been known for decades, rivals the performance of standard reinforcement learning...

The Battle for Top AI Talent Only Gets Tougher From Here
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The Battle for Top AI Talent Only Gets Tougher From Here

Andrew Ng helped create two of Silicon Valley's leading artificial intelligence labs.

Why the Biggest Challenge Facing AI Is an Ethical One
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Why the Biggest Challenge Facing AI Is an Ethical One

Artificial intelligence is everywhere and it's here to stay.

Boston Dynamics' New Rolling, Leaping Robot Is an Evolutionary Marvel
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Boston Dynamics' New Rolling, Leaping Robot Is an Evolutionary Marvel

If you're ever feeling down, do yourself a favor and watch some footage from the 2015 Darpa Robotics Challenge.

Face It, Meatsack: Pro Gamer Will Be the Only Job Left
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Face It, Meatsack: Pro Gamer Will Be the Only Job Left

Look at economic data closely and the trends aren't pretty: People with elite backgrounds are hoovering up an increasing share of new income and wealth.

No, Robots Aren't Killing the American Dream
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No, Robots Aren't Killing the American Dream

Defenders of globalization are on solid ground when they criticize President Trump's threats of punitive tariffs and border walls.

Congress Could Make Self-Driving Cars Happen — or Ruin Everything
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Congress Could Make Self-Driving Cars Happen — or Ruin Everything

Congress can address all open questions about robocar technologies and ensure they succeed. Or they can screw it all up.

Will Algorithms Erode Our Decision-Making Skills?
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Will Algorithms Erode Our Decision-Making Skills?

Algorithms are embedded into our technological lives, helping accomplish a variety of tasks like making sure that email makes it to your aunt or that you're matched...

'Drone Bees' Are Comically Inept, Expensive and Dangerous to Real Bees
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'Drone Bees' Are Comically Inept, Expensive and Dangerous to Real Bees

Bees are in decline in many areas.

The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class
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The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class

In February 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end of the world...

Coming Technology Will Likely Destroy Millions of Jobs. Is Trump Ready?
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Coming Technology Will Likely Destroy Millions of Jobs. Is Trump Ready?

American manufacturing job losses to China and Mexico were a major theme of the presidential campaign, and President Trump has followed up on his promise to pressure...

Lady Gaga's Halftime Show Drones Have a Bright Future
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Lady Gaga's Halftime Show Drones Have a Bright Future

The best Super Bowl halftime shows leave indelible memories, be it a notorious wardrobe malfunction, that goofy Left Shark, or every last second of Beyoncé's two...

Peer Review Has Its Shortcomings, But AI Is a Risky Fix
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Peer Review Has Its Shortcomings, But AI Is a Risky Fix

We should think twice before allowing autonomous AI systems to decide what research warrants publication.

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."
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