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Why the iPhone X's Face ID Is a Terrible Way to Secure Your Data
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Why the iPhone X's Face ID Is a Terrible Way to Secure Your Data

The new iPhone X puts face recognition front and centre. Why? Because it is the quickest and easiest way to unlock your phone.

The Darkening Web: Misinformation Is the Strongest Cyberweapon
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The Darkening Web: Misinformation Is the Strongest Cyberweapon

In late June, I was leaving for a flight from Kiev's Boryspil Airport as news broke that Ukraine was the victim of another massive cyberattack.

We Can Stop Hacking and Trolls, but It Would Ruin the Internet
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We Can Stop Hacking and Trolls, but It Would Ruin the Internet

Cyberterrorism fears are through the roof.

Who Do We Think We Are?
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Who Do We Think We Are?

"Death, be not proud, though some have called thee; Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow; Die not, poor Death...

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.

War By Any Means: The Story of DARPA
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War By Any Means: The Story of DARPA

Shortly after arriving at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in April 1958, the new chief scientist presented a plan to the agency's director.

Marconi Forged Today's Interconnected World of Communication
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Marconi Forged Today's Interconnected World of Communication

At Guglielmo Marconi's grand state funeral in Rome in 1937—orchestrated with military-style pomp by the black-shirted Benito Mussolini—the largest wreath on the...

How Alan Turing Found Machine Thinking in the Human Mind
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How Alan Turing Found Machine Thinking in the Human Mind

In 1935, Alan Turing set out to build a reputation by outflanking the world's leading mathematician.

Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare for Evil AI
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Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare for Evil AI

Artificial intelligence—what's the worst that can happen? For Roman Yampolskiy, a computer scientist at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, the sky’s the...

I'm the First Quadriplegic Person to Regain Thought-Control of My Arm
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I'm the First Quadriplegic Person to Regain Thought-Control of My Arm

I'm the first quadriplegic person in the world to use my own thoughts to control my own arm. It's a pretty neat experience.

Explosive Golf Video Game Has the Best Physics Simulation Ever
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Explosive Golf Video Game Has the Best Physics Simulation Ever

Before teeing off, I take a few seconds to line up the shot.

What Digital Trash Dumped in Games Tells Us About the Players
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What Digital Trash Dumped in Games Tells Us About the Players

A strawberry Christmas cake, sexy pants, a pool table, three red jet planes, a hippy bandana, a dog sled, a jetpack, a pair of Adidas trainers, a Tudor throne,an...

The Hot New Job in Silicon Valley Is Being a Robot's Assistant
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The Hot New Job in Silicon Valley Is Being a Robot's Assistant

"I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords." So goes the joke every time artificial intelligence threatens to supersede humans in another job.

The Master Algorithm: A World Remade By Machines that Learn
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The Master Algorithm: A World Remade By Machines that Learn

Pedro Domingos's new book is a compelling but rather unquestioning insider view of the search for the ultimate in machine learning.

How the Scariest Video Games Use Our Own Minds to Terrify Us
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How the Scariest Video Games Use Our Own Minds to Terrify Us

I think he’s gone—Oh! He's not gone he’s not gone no no no he’s not gone oh Jesus Christ look at his face

I've Taught Computers to Paint Portraits — and How to Code
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I've Taught Computers to Paint Portraits — and How to Code

Falmouth University professor Simon Colton works with software that behaves in ways that would be deemed creative if observed in humans. In an interview, Colton...

Psychiatry Is Reinventing Itself Thanks to Advances in Biology
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Psychiatry Is Reinventing Itself Thanks to Advances in Biology

A revolution is under way in psychiatry. The science underpinning this discipline has in the past shifted from psychology to pharmacology, and now it is changing...

David and Goliath: What Do We Do About Surveillance?
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David and Goliath: What Do We Do About Surveillance?

"Dear subscriber, you have been registered as a participant in a mass disturbance."

Virtual Zombie Apocalypse Can Prepare Us for Disaster
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Virtual Zombie Apocalypse Can Prepare Us for Disaster

Why use online games to study our responses to catastrophic events?

Work in an Age of Robots
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Work in an Age of Robots

What you are about to read was written by a human. Honest.
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