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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...

The Myth of the Skills Gap
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The Myth of the Skills Gap

The contention that America's workers lack the skills employers demand is an article of faith among analysts, politicians, and pundits of every stripe, from conservative...

The Enduring Legacy of Zork
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The Enduring Legacy of Zork

In 1977, four recent MIT graduates who'd met at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science used the lab's PDP-10 mainframe to develop a computer game that captivated...

The President of Search Giant Baidu Has Global Plans
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The President of Search Giant Baidu Has Global Plans

Google and Facebook are household names around the world. Baidu? Not yet. Ya-Qin Zhang, president of China's leading search business, says Chinese companies can...

A Reality Check for IBM's AI Ambitions
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A Reality Check for IBM's AI Ambitions

Paul Tang was with his wife in the hospital just after her knee replacement surgery, a procedure performed on about 700,000 people in the U.S. every year.

China's Tech Moguls Warn of AI's Troubling Trajectory
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China's Tech Moguls Warn of AI's Troubling Trajectory

China has seen incredible economic and social changes over the past few decades. But could the impact of artificial intelligence take the country by surprise?

Nvidia CEO: Software Is Eating the World, but AI Is Going to Eat Software
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Nvidia CEO: Software Is Eating the World, but AI Is Going to Eat Software

Tech companies and investors have recently been piling money into artificial intelligence—and plenty has been trickling down to chip maker Nvidia.

Russian Disinformation Technology 
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Russian Disinformation Technology 

On July 17, 2014, as passengers checked in at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, "Necro Mancer"(@666_mancer) tweeted about an unusual...

Finding Solace in Defeat by Artificial Intelligence
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Finding Solace in Defeat by Artificial Intelligence

Fan Hui, the European Go champion, needed some fresh air. "I don't understand myself anymore."

AI's PR Problem
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AI's PR Problem

Had artificial intelligence been named something less spooky, we'd probably worry about it less.

With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don't Believe It.
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With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don't Believe It.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, by way of blogger and cartoonist Tim Urban, has revealed in a 36,400-word illustrated explainer the thinking behind his new...

How to Keep the Government from Breaking the Internet
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How to Keep the Government from Breaking the Internet

Telecommunications policy has been in flux since President Trump designated Ajit Pai the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in January.

Microsoft: AI Isn't Yet Adaptable Enough to Help Businesses
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Microsoft: AI Isn't Yet Adaptable Enough to Help Businesses

The AI revolution may take longer than some expect to spread from Silicon Valley into other industries.

This Entrepreneur Dares You to Hack His Gadgets
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This Entrepreneur Dares You to Hack His Gadgets

Serial entrepreneur Andrew "Bunnie" Huang believes that consumer product companies should make their hardware designs publicly available so that anyone can study...

Hollywood Has No Idea What to Do with VR
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Hollywood Has No Idea What to Do with VR

Would you watch a virtual-reality Casablanca?

5 Big Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2017
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5 Big Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2017

Last year was huge for advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning. But 2017 may well deliver even more.

Best Books of 2016
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Best Books of 2016

Our editors' picks for the best books of 2016, and some they're eagerly anticipating.

If Only AI Could Save Us from Ourselves
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If Only AI Could Save Us from Ourselves

Humans have broken the Internet.

Three Touchy Questions for Tech Leaders to Ask Trump
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Three Touchy Questions for Tech Leaders to Ask Trump

Few in the technology sector besides Peter Thiel had much love for Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.

Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood Hacker
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Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood Hacker

For decades Hollywood has treated computers as magic boxes from which endless plot points could be conjured, in denial of all common sense.
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