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Artificial Intelligence: Chess Match of the Century
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Artificial Intelligence: Chess Match of the Century

Nearly 20 years ago, I was fortunate enough to play friendly blitz chess against former world champion Garry Kasparov.

Facebook's Race to Link Your Brain to a Computer Might Be Unwinnable
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Facebook's Race to Link Your Brain to a Computer Might Be Unwinnable

"What if you could type directly from your brain?" Regina Dugan said, as the same words appeared on the towering screen behind her, one digital character at a time...

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...

You've Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented 'Almost Everything'
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You've Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented 'Almost Everything'


Bill Gates Is Wrong: The Solution to AI Taking Jobs Is Training, Not Taxes
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Bill Gates Is Wrong: The Solution to AI Taking Jobs Is Training, Not Taxes

Let's take a breath: Robots and artificial intelligence systems are nowhere near displacing the human workforce.

Introducing 'Operator 4.0,' a tech-augmented human worker
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Introducing 'Operator 4.0,' a tech-augmented human worker

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived.

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...

Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?
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Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?

Just as ancient Greeks fantasized about soaring flight, today's imaginations dream of melding minds and machines as a remedy to the pesky problem of human mortality...

There's Nowhere to Hide on the Internet
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There's Nowhere to Hide on the Internet

Sometime before dawn on March 29th, not too many hours after Congress approved legislation that allows Internet-service providers to sell your browsing historyInternet...

With New Technology, Mathematicians Turn Numbers Into Art
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With New Technology, Mathematicians Turn Numbers Into Art

Once upon a time, mathematicians imagined their job was to discover new mathematics and then let others explain it.

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.

The Trump Administration's War on Science
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The Trump Administration's War on Science

"Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people," President Trump said in his speech to Congress last month, after summoning...

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.

No, Microwave Ovens Cannot Spy on You, for Lots of Reasons
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No, Microwave Ovens Cannot Spy on You, for Lots of Reasons

If you've been feeling a little paranoid lately—like even your standing mixer may be spying on you—rest assured that Trump senior counselor Kellyanne Conway shares...

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?
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Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture...

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.

The Wisdom of Nokia's Dumbphone
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The Wisdom of Nokia's Dumbphone

They weighed heavy in pockets and jackets and bags, for they were thick and bulky, not lithe and narrow. 

I'm Marching to Fight the Alarming War on Science. Join Me
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I'm Marching to Fight the Alarming War on Science. Join Me

Two new public marches and demonstrations focused on science and climate change have been scheduled for April. I plan to be at both.
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