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Robot Weapons: What's the Harm?
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Robot Weapons: What's the Harm?

Last month over a thousand scientists and tech-world luminaries, including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak, released an open letter calling for a global...

Humans, Not Robots, Are the Real Reason Artificial Intelligence Is Scary
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Humans, Not Robots, Are the Real Reason Artificial Intelligence Is Scary

Unfortunately, much of the recent outcry against artificial-intelligence weapons has been confused, conjuring robot takeovers of mankind.

Will Artificial Intelligence Surpass Our Own?
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Will Artificial Intelligence Surpass Our Own?

Famed science-fiction writer Fredric Brown (1906–1972) delighted in creating the shortest of short stories. "Answer," published in 1954, encapsulated a prescient...

Palmer Luckey: Making Virtual Reality a Reality
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Palmer Luckey: Making Virtual Reality a Reality

"Why shouldn't people be able to teleport wherever they want?" asks Palmer Luckey, the 22-year-old founder of Oculus VR, the virtual-reality company that Facebook...

Let's School the Presidential Hopefuls on Cybersecurity
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Let's School the Presidential Hopefuls on Cybersecurity

In the build up to the 2016 U.S. election, both Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls are talking about cybersecurity—and specifically state-sponsored...

For Virtual-Reality Movies, Old Methods Don't Fit New Medium
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For Virtual-Reality Movies, Old Methods Don't Fit New Medium

I'm standing on the bow of what looks to be a sunken pirate ship.

The Backbone of the Internet Could Detect Earthquakes, but No One's ­sing It
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The Backbone of the Internet Could Detect Earthquakes, but No One's ­sing It

December 26, 2004: It is an idyllic morning at a beachside resort in Indonesia.

When Phone Encryption Blocks Justice
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When Phone Encryption Blocks Justice

In June, a father of six was shot dead on a Monday afternoon in Evanston, Ill., a suburb 10 miles north of Chicago.

Why Larry Page Is Stepping Away
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Why Larry Page Is Stepping Away

In the ten years that I’ve been watching him, Larry Page has always wanted to play by his own rules.

With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search
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With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search

Shortly after its founding, Google posted a document on its site called "Ten things we know to be true," an effort to distill its unusual corporate culture into...

How Fiction Can Reveal the Horrors of Future Wars
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How Fiction Can Reveal the Horrors of Future Wars

The fact that he couldn't feel the drill going into the back of his skull made the noise all the more terrifying.

Why the Ftc Is Showing ­p at Hackers' Biggest Conferences
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Why the Ftc Is Showing ­p at Hackers' Biggest Conferences

The Federal Trade Commission, the de facto federal watchdog for consumers' privacy and data security, knows it needs help.

'right to Be Forgotten' Online Is Poised to Spread
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'right to Be Forgotten' Online Is Poised to Spread

More than a year ago, in a decision that stunned many American Internet companies, Europe's highest court ruled that search engines were required to grant an unusual...

What a Comet Looks Like … From 9 Meters Away!
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What a Comet Looks Like … From 9 Meters Away!

The European Space Agency has just released some fantastic close-up images taken by the Philae lander of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Is Artificial Intelligence Really an Existential Threat to Humanity?
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Is Artificial Intelligence Really an Existential Threat to Humanity?

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies is an astonishing book with an alarming thesis: Intelligent machines are "quite possibly the most important and most...

Obama Orders Effort to Build First Exascale Computer
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Obama Orders Effort to Build First Exascale Computer

The United States is now committed to building an exascale computer, some 30 times more powerful than today’s top machine.

Implementing a European, Not Global, Right to Be Forgotten
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Implementing a European, Not Global, Right to Be Forgotten

In a landmark ruling in May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) established a "right to be forgotten", or more accurately, a "right to delist"...

16 Trends That Will Define the Future of Video Games
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16 Trends That Will Define the Future of Video Games

Hundreds of game developers, publishers and analysts recently descended on Brighton for the annual Develop conference.

Genomics Pioneer Jun Wang on His New AI Venture
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Genomics Pioneer Jun Wang on His New AI Venture

Jun Wang is one of China's most famous scientists.

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.
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