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Why the Biggest Challenge Facing AI Is an Ethical One
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Why the Biggest Challenge Facing AI Is an Ethical One

Artificial intelligence is everywhere and it's here to stay.

What If the Internet Stopped Working for a Day?
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What If the Internet Stopped Working for a Day?

Jeff Hancock likes to give his Stanford University students weekend assignments that let them experience concepts discussed in class for themselves.

If We Made Contact with Aliens, How Would Religions React?
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If We Made Contact with Aliens, How Would Religions React?

In 2014, Nasa awarded $1.1M to the Center for Theological Inquiry, an ecumenical research institute in New Jersey, to study “the societal implications of astrobiology”...

The New Words That Expose Our Smartphone Obsessions
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The New Words That Expose Our Smartphone Obsessions

New words sometimes skewer a trend so perfectly you wonder how you survived without them. One of the most delightfully apt new phrases I've found in the last few...

Facebook Fake News Row: Mark Zuckerberg Is a Politician Now
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Facebook Fake News Row: Mark Zuckerberg Is a Politician Now

I've long suspected that Mark Zuckerberg, who often refers to himself as the "leader" of Facebook, has dreams of high office.

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."

Would It Be Ethical to Implant False Memories in Therapy?
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Would It Be Ethical to Implant False Memories in Therapy?

Take a moment to remember an event that you experienced as a child.

What If the Aliens We Are Looking for Are AI?
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What If the Aliens We Are Looking for Are AI?

For more than a century we have been broadcasting our presence to the cosmos.

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?
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How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?

And it's not just gamers who are benefiting from the immersive possibilities it offers.

The Secret Signals That Rule Transport Networks
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The Secret Signals That Rule Transport Networks

It is early morning on Brighton beach, and we are sitting on a slope of pebbles, looking out to sea.

America's Crypto Battles
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America's Crypto Battles

John Miller reckons he can get into pretty much any safe.

Brynjolfsson and McAfee: The Jobs that AI Can't Replace
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Brynjolfsson and McAfee: The Jobs that AI Can't Replace

At the heart of capitalism is the concept of creative destruction.

Making AI Work in the Real World
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Making AI Work in the Real World

Until recently, AI seemed firmly stuck in the realm of science fiction.

Tony Fadell: What Will Google's $3.2bn Guru Do Next?
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Tony Fadell: What Will Google's $3.2bn Guru Do Next?

When Google paid $3.2bn (£2.1bn) to buy Tony Fadell's start-up Nest in 2014, it got much more than just an internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector.

The Truth about the Turing Test
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The Truth about the Turing Test

Alan Turing made many predictions about artificial intelligence, but one of his lesser known may sound familiar to those who have heard Stephen Hawking or Elon...

 How Worried Should You Be About Artificial Intelligence?
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How Worried Should You Be About Artificial Intelligence?

Intelligent machines come in myriad forms, so which ones pose a danger to us, and how likely are they to actually happen?

Is Facial Recognition Tech Really a Threat to Privacy?
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Is Facial Recognition Tech Really a Threat to Privacy?

Facebook has decided not to offer its photo-sharing app Moments in Europe because of regulator concerns over its facial recognition technology.

Will We Ever… Speak Faster Than Light Speed?
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Will We Ever… Speak Faster Than Light Speed?

Light travels so fast it can make the transatlantic journey between London and New York more than 50 times each second. With speed like that, you might wonder why...

The Disastrous Events That Would Break the Internet
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The Disastrous Events That Would Break the Internet

The Internet is unbreakable. At least, we think it is.

The Paradox of Popping Back in Time
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The Paradox of Popping Back in Time

Here we go again.
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