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Why Google's AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can't Tell a Joke
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Why Google's AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can't Tell a Joke

Creating noodling piano tunes and endless configurations of cat drawings with AI may not sound like an obvious project for Google, but it makes a lot of sense to...

iRobot CEO Colin Angle on Data Privacy and Robots in the Home
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iRobot CEO Colin Angle on Data Privacy and Robots in the Home

About a month ago, iRobot CEO Colin Angle mentioned something about sharing Roomba mapping data in an interview with Reuters.

Mark Sagar Made a Baby in His Lab. Now It Plays the Piano
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Mark Sagar Made a Baby in His Lab. Now It Plays the Piano

People get up to weird things in New Zealand.

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google
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Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google

As excited as we are about the forthcoming generation of social home robots (including Jibo, Kuri, and many others), it's hard to ignore the fact that most of them...

Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers
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Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers

Andrew Ng has led teams at Google and Baidu that have gone on to create self-learning computer programs used by hundreds of millions of people, including email...

What Is Ray Kurzweil Up To at Google? Writing Your Emails
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What Is Ray Kurzweil Up To at Google? Writing Your Emails

Ray Kurzweil has invented a few things in his time.

In Reporting on North Korea, Tech Helps Break Through Secrecy
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In Reporting on North Korea, Tech Helps Break Through Secrecy

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Choe Sang-Hun, The Times's Korea correspondent who is based in Seoul...

This iPhone Designer Says No More Screens
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This iPhone Designer Says No More Screens

In June 2016, Tony Fadell, the chief executive officer of Nest and one of the most important hardware executives of his generation, announced that he was leaving...

Human-Level AI Is Right Around the Corner, or Hundreds of Years Away
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Human-Level AI Is Right Around the Corner, or Hundreds of Years Away

Artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly, and its impact on our daily lives will only increase.

The Optimistic Promise of Artificial Intelligence
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The Optimistic Promise of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence may be one of the technology world's current obsessions, but many people find it scary, envisioning robots taking over the world.

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear
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How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear

Urs Hölzle has a big job.

Robots Will Be More Useful If They Are Made to Lack Confidence
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Robots Will Be More Useful If They Are Made to Lack Confidence

Confidence in your abilities is usually a good thing—as long as you can recognise when it's time to ask for help.

20 Years after Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess
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20 Years after Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess

Twenty years ago IBM's Deep Blue computer stunned the world by becoming the first machine to beat a reigning world chess champion in a six-game match.

On the Future of Human-Centered Robotics
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On the Future of Human-Centered Robotics

A major theme in recent political discourse has been the perceived impact of robots and automation on the United States labor economy.

FCC Chief Makes Case for Tackling Net Neutrality Violations 'After The Fact'
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FCC Chief Makes Case for Tackling Net Neutrality Violations 'After The Fact'

The Federal Communications Commission will vote on May 18 to formally begin the process of loosening regulations that enforce the so-called net neutrality rules...

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics
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The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who...

President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'Hire American' Too
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President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'Hire American' Too

The same week that President Trump issued his hire American executive order, the president of one of China's top tech companies said his company wants to do the...

How to Build Your Own Moonshot Lab, According to Astro Teller
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How to Build Your Own Moonshot Lab, According to Astro Teller

From balloon-based Internet to self-driving cars, Astro Teller and his team have produced some of the world's most ambitious technology products.

How Steve Wozniak Got Over His Fear of Robots Turning People Into Pets
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How Steve Wozniak Got Over His Fear of Robots Turning People Into Pets

Steve Wozniak is one half of Silicon Valley's most prototypical founder's myth.

The Inventor of the Web Predicts 'a Massive Outcry' Over Online Privacy
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The Inventor of the Web Predicts 'a Massive Outcry' Over Online Privacy

More than two decades ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the thing you're using to read this story right now—the World Wide Web.
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