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If You Could 'Design' Your Own Child, Would You?
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If You Could 'Design' Your Own Child, Would You?

Scientists in Portland, Ore., just succeeded in creating the first genetically modified human embryo in the United States, according to Technology Review.

What Happened to Trump's War on Data?
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What Happened to Trump's War on Data?

On May 16, three months' worth of data vanished quietly from the website of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Zuckerberg and Musk Are Both Wrong About AI
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Zuckerberg and Musk Are Both Wrong About AI

Back in 2015, a group of business leaders and scientists published an "open letter" about how controlling artificial superintelligence might be the most urgent...

Metrology Is Key to Reproducing Results
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Metrology Is Key to Reproducing Results

Imagine you are a policymaker who needs to know how much carbon is stored in the South American forest.

Letting Cyberattack Victims Hack Back is a Very Unwise Idea
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Letting Cyberattack Victims Hack Back is a Very Unwise Idea

As the rate of cybercrime increases, so too does the intensity of those attacks.

How China Tames Dissent on the Internet
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How China Tames Dissent on the Internet

Chinese government leaders, subtle masters of propaganda, seem to have discovered a Sun Tzu formula for taming dissent on the Internet: The best strategy may not...

When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back?
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When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back?

There is an old debate (at least, counting in internet years) that tends to crop up after major cybersecurity breaches such as the widespread WannaCry ransomware...

AI Could Revolutionize War As Much As Nukes
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AI Could Revolutionize War As Much As Nukes

In 1899, the world's most powerful nations signed a treaty at The Hague that banned military use of aircraft, fearing the emerging technology's destructive power...

Is Anyone Home? A Way to Find Out If AI Has Become Self-Aware
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Is Anyone Home? A Way to Find Out If AI Has Become Self-Aware

Every moment of your waking life and whenever you dream, you have the distinct inner feeling of being "you."

Spreading Fake News Becomes Standard Practice for Governments Across the World
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Spreading Fake News Becomes Standard Practice for Governments Across the World

Campaigns to manipulate public opinion through false or misleading social media postings have become standard political practice across much of the world, with...

Please Prove You're Not a Robot
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Please Prove You're Not a Robot

When science fiction writers first imagined robot invasions, the idea was that bots would become smart and powerful enough to take over the world by force, whether...

Why Haven't Reporters Mass-Adopted Secure Tools for Communicating With Sources?
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Why Haven't Reporters Mass-Adopted Secure Tools for Communicating With Sources?

In the months since Donald Trump took office, Washington has been leaking like a sieve.

Teddy Roosevelt Wouldn't Understand the E.U.'s Antitrust Fine Against Google
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Teddy Roosevelt Wouldn't Understand the E.U.'s Antitrust Fine Against Google

Back in 1980, Milton Friedman, the University of Chicago economist, starred in a public-television series called "Free to Choose," in which he presented his free...

Asimov's Laws Won't Stop Robots Harming Humans So We've Developed a BetterĀ Solution
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Asimov's Laws Won't Stop Robots Harming Humans So We've Developed a BetterĀ Solution

How do you stop a robot from hurting people?

Donald Trump's 'Impenetrable Cybersecurity' Is Pure Fantasy
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Donald Trump's 'Impenetrable Cybersecurity' Is Pure Fantasy

Nothing connected to the internet is safe from hackers. And I mean nothing.

Could a Robot Be President?
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Could a Robot Be President?

President Donald Trump reportedly spends his nights alone in the White House, watching TV news and yelling at the screen.

Who Do We Think We Are?
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Who Do We Think We Are?

"Death, be not proud, though some have called thee; Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow; Die not, poor Death...

AI Will Make Forging Anything Entirely Too Easy
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AI Will Make Forging Anything Entirely Too Easy

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes," said an exasperated James Comey in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8. Comey's desire reflects a...

A Reality Check for IBM's AI Ambitions
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A Reality Check for IBM's AI Ambitions

Paul Tang was with his wife in the hospital just after her knee replacement surgery, a procedure performed on about 700,000 people in the U.S. every year.
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