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Will Machines Eliminate Us?
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Will Machines Eliminate Us?

Yoshua Bengio leads one of the world's preëminent research groups developing a powerful AI technique known as deep learning.

Go Players React to Computer Defeat
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Go Players React to Computer Defeat

For decades, the ancient game of Go has stood out as the one board game that computers couldn't crack.

A New and Stunning Way to See the Whole Earth
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A New and Stunning Way to See the Whole Earth

The Japanese weather satellite Himawari-8 sits 22,000 miles from Earth in orbit. On August 5, 2015, it peered down at the half of Earth that it can see, a hemisphere...

Why We'e So Vulnerable
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Why We'e So Vulnerable

In an age of continuing electronic breaches and rising geopolitical tensions over cyber-espionage, the White House is working on a national cybersecurity strategy...

The 'Pluto Killer' Who Thinks He's Found the True Ninth Planet
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The 'Pluto Killer' Who Thinks He's Found the True Ninth Planet

Mike Brown is an astronomer at Caltech who's been instrumental in the discovery of more than 30 dwarf planets and asteroids at the far reaches of our solar system...

The Long and Winding History of Encryption
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The Long and Winding History of Encryption

Never in history have more people had access to advanced encryption in their homes, offices, and pockets.

Sarah Parcak, Space Archaeologist
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Sarah Parcak, Space Archaeologist

Sarah Parcak can see looting at ancient sites—from space.

Wikipedia Turns 15
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Wikipedia Turns 15

It must be difficult for the roughly half a billion people who visit Wikipedia every month to remember a world without the free online encyclopedia.

China's Quantum Space Pioneer: We Need to Explore the Unknown
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China's Quantum Space Pioneer: We Need to Explore the Unknown

Physicist Pan Jian-Wei is the architect of the world's first attempt to set up a quantum communications link between Earth and space—an experiment that is set to...

The President Wants Every Student to Learn Computer Science. How Would That Work?
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The President Wants Every Student to Learn Computer Science. How Would That Work?

President Obama used his final State of the Union address Tuesday night to reflect on his legacy. But he also put forth some specific proposals for his remaining...

Werner Herzog Talks Virtual Reality
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Werner Herzog Talks Virtual Reality

"I'm a skeptic of 3-D, but when I saw the paintings I knew I had to use it," Werner Herzog told Judith Thurman in 2010, after the New York première of his documentary...

Google Chairman Thinks AI Can Help Solve World's 'Hard Problems'
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Google Chairman Thinks AI Can Help Solve World's 'Hard Problems'

Google's chairman thinks artificial intelligence will let scientists solve some of the world’s "hard problems," like population growth, climate change, human development...

Max Levchin Wants to School Lawmakers on Encryption
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Max Levchin Wants to School Lawmakers on Encryption

PayPal Inc. co-founder Max Levchin wants to make sure lawmakers know "what the hell they're talking about" when they talk about encryption.

The Cybersecurity Argument For and Against Device Encryption
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The Cybersecurity Argument For and Against Device Encryption

Government officials argue that encrypted communication poses national security risks. But tech companies say that making it possible to unlock devices would make...

Grandfather of VR: The Virtual Can Show the Beauty of the Real
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Grandfather of VR: The Virtual Can Show the Beauty of the Real

Thomas Furness is known as the pioneer who stood at the inception of what we know today as virtual reality.

Can This Man Make AI More Human?
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Can This Man Make AI More Human?

Like any proud father, Gary Marcus is only too happy to talk about the latest achievements of his two-year-old son.

5 Amazing and Alarming Things That May Be Done with Your DNA
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5 Amazing and Alarming Things That May Be Done with Your DNA

"You're a male, you're 34-years-old and your 5-foot-10 1/2 inches tall." That's a prediction that Craig Venter, long a pioneer on the frontier of genomics, offered...

A Conversation with CRISPR-Cas9 Inventors Charpentier and Doudna
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A Conversation with CRISPR-Cas9 Inventors Charpentier and Doudna

At the American Society of Human Genetics meeting in October, CRISPR-Cas9 inventors Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier accepted the Gruber Genetics Prize...

Huge MIT Media Lab Inventions That Transformed Our World
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Huge MIT Media Lab Inventions That Transformed Our World

For the last 30 years, the MIT Lab has been a breeding ground for technological progress that’s pushed the world into the future.

Edward Snowden Explains How to Reclaim Your Privacy
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Edward Snowden Explains How to Reclaim Your Privacy

Last month, I met Edward Snowden in a hotel in central Moscow, just blocks away from Red Square.
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