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The Inside Story of How AI Got Good Enough to Dominate Silicon Valley
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The Inside Story of How AI Got Good Enough to Dominate Silicon Valley

Alex Krizhevsky didn't get into the AI business to change the course of history.

The Importance of Teaching Robots to Hug
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The Importance of Teaching Robots to Hug

Hugs make us feel warm and safe and comforted and loved.

The Researchers Who Study Alien Linguistics
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The Researchers Who Study Alien Linguistics

Sheri Wells-Jensen is fascinated by languages no one has ever heard—those that might be spoken by aliens.

How Close Are We, Really, to Building a Quantum Computer?
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How Close Are We, Really, to Building a Quantum Computer?

The race is on to build the world's first meaningful quantum computer—one that can deliver the technology's long-promised ability to help scientists do things like...

Silicon Valley Must Consider Tech Ethics, DeepMind Chief Says
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Silicon Valley Must Consider Tech Ethics, DeepMind Chief Says

Big technology companies must rethink the way they develop products and services to put ethical considerations in the forefront, DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman...

To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect
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To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect

Artificial intelligence owes a lot of its smarts to Judea Pearl.

Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams
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Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams

Over the past five years, artificial intelligence has gone from perennial vaporware to one of the technology industry's brightest hopes.

The Data Scientist Helping to Create Ethical Robots
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The Data Scientist Helping to Create Ethical Robots

As the lead statistician at the nonprofit Human Rights Data Analysis Group, Kristian Lum, 33, is trying to make sure the algorithms increasingly controlling our...

Alexa, How Do We Take Our Relationship to the Next Level?
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Alexa, How Do We Take Our Relationship to the Next Level?

As useful as it would be to interact with smartphones and other gadgets by chatting casually with them, the technology to enable such a simple but meaningful back...

A Revealer of Secrets in the Data of Life and the Universe
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A Revealer of Secrets in the Data of Life and the Universe

In statistics, abstract math meets real life. To find meaning in unruly sets of raw numbers, statisticians like Donald Richards first look for associations: statistical...

New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience
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New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience

Sitting at the desk in his lower campus office at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the neuroscientist Tony Zador turned his computer monitor toward me to show off...

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

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...

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...
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