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Relax, Google, the Robot Army Isn't Here Yet 
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Relax, Google, the Robot Army Isn't Here Yet 

People can differ on their perceptions of "evil."

The Erosion of Reality
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The Erosion of Reality

Let me say this upfront: I'm not convinced that 'superintelligent' AI are the most pressing threat from coming generations of deep learning machines.

The Inside Story of How AI Got Good Enough to Dominate Silicon Valley
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The Inside Story of How AI Got Good Enough to Dominate Silicon Valley

Alex Krizhevsky didn't get into the AI business to change the course of history.

Going To the World Cup? Leave the Laptop at Home
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Going To the World Cup? Leave the Laptop at Home

A Russian sports official earlier this year estimated that as many as 2 million people would flock to the country during the World Cup, the month-long celebration...

Teleportation: Will It Ever Be a Possibility?
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Teleportation: Will It Ever Be a Possibility?

Star Trek has a lot to answer for.

Connected Cars Can Lie, Posing a New Threat to Smart Cities
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Connected Cars Can Lie, Posing a New Threat to Smart Cities

The day when cars can talk to each other—and to traffic lights, stop signs, guardrails and even pavement markings—is rapidly approaching.

To Build the Best Bots, NASA Happily Looks to Others Here on Earth
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To Build the Best Bots, NASA Happily Looks to Others Here on Earth


The Many Shades of Bad Physics
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The Many Shades of Bad Physics

What happens when you see bad physics in the world? Does it make you angry? Does it make you laugh?

How We're Using Darwin's Theory of Evolution to Build Robots that Can Adapt and Learn on Their Own
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How We're Using Darwin's Theory of Evolution to Build Robots that Can Adapt and Learn on Their Own

The uptake of robotics technology is increasing at a startling rate.

We Know You Hate the Internet of Things, but It's Saving Megafauna from Poachers
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We Know You Hate the Internet of Things, but It's Saving Megafauna from Poachers

For much of this decade, organizations seeking to protect wildlife have attempted to use emerging technology as a conservation tool, allowing small numbers of people...

The Importance of Teaching Robots to Hug
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The Importance of Teaching Robots to Hug

Hugs make us feel warm and safe and comforted and loved.

The Researchers Who Study Alien Linguistics
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The Researchers Who Study Alien Linguistics

Sheri Wells-Jensen is fascinated by languages no one has ever heard—those that might be spoken by aliens.

The 'Golden Age of Electronic Surveillance' Is Ending, Says Former NSA and CIA Chief Michael Hayden 
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The 'Golden Age of Electronic Surveillance' Is Ending, Says Former NSA and CIA Chief Michael Hayden 

At America's intelligence agencies, there are three ways to "steal secrets," says former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden: Humans, signals and imagery.

Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore
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Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore

The telephone swept into Americans' lives in the first decades of the 20th century.

How Close Are We, Really, to Building a Quantum Computer?
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How Close Are We, Really, to Building a Quantum Computer?

The race is on to build the world's first meaningful quantum computer—one that can deliver the technology's long-promised ability to help scientists do things like...

Before Reproducibility Must Come Preproducibility
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Before Reproducibility Must Come Preproducibility

From time to time over the past few years, I've politely refused requests to referee an article on the grounds that it lacks enough information for me to check...

What Are These 'Levels' of Autonomous Vehicles?
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What Are These 'Levels' of Autonomous Vehicles?

As automated and autonomous vehicles become more common on U.S. roads, it's worth a look at what these machines can—and can't—do.

Effectiveness of Anonymization in Double-Blind Review
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Effectiveness of Anonymization in Double-Blind Review

Assessing the effectiveness of anonymization in the review process.

Watchdogs vs. Snowflakes
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Watchdogs vs. Snowflakes

Taking wild guesses.

Automated Health Care Offers Freedom from Shame, But Is It What Patients Need?
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Automated Health Care Offers Freedom from Shame, But Is It What Patients Need?

A few years ago, Timothy Bickmore, a computer scientist at Northeastern University, developed an artificial-intelligence program to help low-income patients at...
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