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Why 2001: A Space Odyssey's Mystery Endures, 50 Years On
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Why 2001: A Space Odyssey's Mystery Endures, 50 Years On

Michael Benson's new book Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece offers a fresh look at the making of Stanley Kubrick's...

The Man With the Most Valuable Work Experience in the World
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The Man With the Most Valuable Work Experience in the World

Chris Urmson led Google's self-driving car team from its early days all the way until the company shed its Google skin and emerged under the Alphabet umbrella as...

To Protect Artificial Intelligence from Attacks, Show It Fake Data
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To Protect Artificial Intelligence from Attacks, Show It Fake Data

AI systems can sometimes be tricked into seeing something that's not actually there, as when Google's software "saw" a 3-D-printed turtle as a rifle.

Intelligent to a Fault: When AI Screws ­p, You Might Still Be to Blame
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Intelligent to a Fault: When AI Screws ­p, You Might Still Be to Blame

Artificial intelligence is already making significant inroads in taking over mundane, time-consuming tasks many humans would rather not do.

Ancient DNA Is Rewriting Human (and Neanderthal) History
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Ancient DNA Is Rewriting Human (and Neanderthal) History

Geneticist David Reich used to study the living, but now he studies the dead.

Supreme Court Skeptical of Microsoft's Ireland E-Mail Privacy Claims
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Supreme Court Skeptical of Microsoft's Ireland E-Mail Privacy Claims

It is not unusual for tech companies to spar with law enforcement over access to customer data. Most cases, however, do not go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court...

This 'Gray Hat' Hacker Breaks Into Your Car, to Prove a Point
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This 'Gray Hat' Hacker Breaks Into Your Car, to Prove a Point

Cybercrime is expanding beyond computers and cellphones. Cars, washers and dryers, and even toasters are going online—an evolution of technology called the ...

The Father of the Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through a 'Black Mirror'
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The Father of the Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through a 'Black Mirror'

In 1984, two men were thinking a lot about the Internet. One of them invented it. The other is an artist who would see its impact on society with uncanny prescience...

His 2020 Campaign Message: The Robots Are Coming
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His 2020 Campaign Message: The Robots Are Coming

Among the many, many Democrats who will seek the party's presidential nomination in 2020, most probably agree on a handful of core issues: protecting DACA, rejoining...

What It's Like to Fly in the Bermuda Triangle of Space
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What It's Like to Fly in the Bermuda Triangle of Space

"Before I became an astronaut, I had seen stories of astronauts who had seen white flashes from radiation while they flew in space," says Terry Virts, a former...

Is Tech Dividing America?
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Is Tech Dividing America?

When Americans consider how technology has changed their lives, they tend to focus on how the internet and smartphones have altered how they watch TV, connect with...

How to Design a New Chip on a Budget
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How to Design a New Chip on a Budget

We recently had an interesting exchange with bunnie Huang, hardware guru and creator of Chumby, NetTV, and the Novena laptop, among other things. He's also theHacking...

Making Sense of Bitcoin and Its Wild Price Ride
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Making Sense of Bitcoin and Its Wild Price Ride

The initial price of Bitcoin, set in 2010, was less than 1 cent.

Google Boss Says AI Is 'more Profound Than Electricity'
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Google Boss Says AI Is 'more Profound Than Electricity'

Google CEO Sundar Pichai believes artificial intelligence could have "more profound" implications for humanity than electricity or fire, according to recent comments...

How Technology Is (and Isn't) Changing Our Reading Habits
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How Technology Is (and Isn't) Changing Our Reading Habits

Given that you write about the books industry, how do you prefer to read books? On a Kindle or iPad or some other device, or printed books?

How Nasa's Search For Et Relies on Advanced AI
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How Nasa's Search For Et Relies on Advanced AI

The biggest knock against sending robots to explore the solar system for signs of life has always been their inability to make intuitive, even creative decisions...

Satya Nadella on Ai, Sexual Harassment, and Microsoft's Soul
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Satya Nadella on Ai, Sexual Harassment, and Microsoft's Soul

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is putting his own stamp on the tech giant once led by Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

How Hardy Is Webb? A Q&a About the Toughness of Nasa's Webb Telescope
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How Hardy Is Webb? A Q&a About the Toughness of Nasa's Webb Telescope

Just how resilient does a space telescope have to be to survive both Earth's environment and the frigid, airless environment of space?

The Mission to Learn Everything We Always Wanted to Know About the Universe
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The Mission to Learn Everything We Always Wanted to Know About the Universe

The Cosmic Microwave Background was created as the first atoms formed hundreds of thousands of years after the Big Bang, and it retains information about the formation...

How an ­nderwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine
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How an ­nderwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine

On 15 November, Argentina's Navy lost contact with the ARA San Juan, a small diesel-powered submarine that had been involved in exercises off the east coast of...
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