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AI Is Not Out to Get Us
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AI Is Not Out to Get Us

Elon Musk's new plan to go all-in on self-driving vehicles puts a lot of faith in the artificial intelligence needed to ensure his Teslas can read and react to...

Inside Microsoft's Quest for a Topological Quantum Computer
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Inside Microsoft's Quest for a Topological Quantum Computer

The race is on build a "universal" quantum computer. Such a device could be programmed to speedily solve problems that classical computers cannot crack, potentially...

Incessant Consumer Surveillance Is Leaking Into Physical Stores
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Incessant Consumer Surveillance Is Leaking Into Physical Stores

You just wanted to shop for a birthday gift in peace—instead, you got ads that follow you around the internet, and coupons in your email that remember exactly which...

Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?
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Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?

Late last week Obama administration officials used NBC News to send Moscow a cryptic threat: The U.S. government is "contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert...

Inside Nat Geo's Incredible Documentary Mission to Mars
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Inside Nat Geo's Incredible Documentary Mission to Mars

A spaceship is preparing to land on Mars when the crew notices that one of the thrusters isn’t firing.

Maths Becomes biology's Magic Number
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Maths Becomes biology's Magic Number

"If you want a career in medicine these days you're better off studying mathematics or computing than biology."

Obama's Concerned an AI Could Hack America's Nukes
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Obama's Concerned an AI Could Hack America's Nukes

During his eight years in office, President Barack Obama has seen hackers grow into a threat no president has faced before.

Ron Wyden Discusses Encryption, Data Privacy and Security
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Ron Wyden Discusses Encryption, Data Privacy and Security

Ron Wyden, U.S. senator from Oregon and a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, recently talked about the privacy-versus-security debate.

Can a Chatbot Teach You a Foreign Language? Duolingo Thinks So
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Can a Chatbot Teach You a Foreign Language? Duolingo Thinks So

Chatbots suck.

The Problem With Google's 'Star Trek' Computer
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The Problem With Google's 'Star Trek' Computer

Google is hoping to develop its Assistant, a Siri-like technology to be included on the company's new smartphones and other products, into something like the computer...

Why Big Pharma Wants to Collect 2 Million Genomes
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Why Big Pharma Wants to Collect 2 Million Genomes

Five months after announcing its intentions to gather genome sequences from 2 million people, pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has selected geneticist David Goldstein...

Online Trackers Follow Our Digital Shadow by 'Fingerprinting' Browsers, Devices
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Online Trackers Follow Our Digital Shadow by 'Fingerprinting' Browsers, Devices

As we surf from website to website, we are being tracked—that's not news. What is news, revealed in a recent paper by researchers at Princeton University, is that...

An 'Interview' With Google's  New Digital Assistant
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An 'Interview' With Google's New Digital Assistant

Alphabet Inc.'s Google unit introduced a new digital assistant Wednesday. Bloomberg News put the system through its paces by asking questions, some of which were...

Q+A With The First Female Director Of MIT's Largest Research Lab
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Q+A With The First Female Director Of MIT's Largest Research Lab

Daniela Rus is the first female director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. From her post, she has witnessed and influenced a number...

Microsoft's Top Lawyer Becomes a Civil Rights Crusader
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Microsoft's Top Lawyer Becomes a Civil Rights Crusader

When Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to help the FBI get into a mass murderer's iPhone last winter, he was hailed for his boldness in fighting the government on ...

How Scientifically Plausible Is 'Star Trek'?
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How Scientifically Plausible Is 'Star Trek'?

"Star Trek" turns 50 on Sept. 8, and instead of buying it a fancy sports car, our mission is to boldly go down the "Star Trek" rabbit hole, or rather, wormhole,...

Orwell Was Right: Oliver Stone on What Makes Snowden Exciting
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Orwell Was Right: Oliver Stone on What Makes Snowden Exciting

Oliver Stone wants you to know he's not an activist.

20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity
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20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity

1. Does humanity have a future beyond Earth?

Mind-Controlled Robo-Skeleton Enables Paraplegics to Regain Some Motion
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Mind-Controlled Robo-Skeleton Enables Paraplegics to Regain Some Motion

Patients paralyzed by a spinal cord injury can face a grim and grueling recovery process—one in which regaining function is far from a sure thing. But a new study...

Tim Cook: Running Apple 'Is Sort of a Lonely Job'
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Tim Cook: Running Apple 'Is Sort of a Lonely Job'

On a sleek white coffee table in Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth-floor office in late July, beneath framed posters of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King...
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