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Embattled German Industrials Pursue the Factory of the Future
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Embattled German Industrials Pursue the Factory of the Future

The clanking, hulking factory in a rural patch of northwest Germany that produces 22-ton combine harvesters has lately been turning out machines with a technical...

French Election Is Facebook's Fake News Litmus Test
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French Election Is Facebook's Fake News Litmus Test

In the run-up to the first round of the French presidential election, the country's social media was awash in press reports of dubious origin.

Inside China's Plans For World Robot Domination
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Inside China's Plans For World Robot Domination

Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial...

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto
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Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto

In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realized there aren't enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach cars how to...

Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker
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Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker

Four of the best professional poker players in the world spent most of January holed up at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, losing.

Silicon Valley Reckons With Its Political Power
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Silicon Valley Reckons With Its Political Power

On Sept. 12, 2016, there was a momentary realignment in the constellation of global business.

Nvidia Surges in 2016 Using Graphics Chips to Challenge Intel
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Nvidia Surges in 2016 Using Graphics Chips to Challenge Intel

When Paulina Sliwinska, a fund manager at Edinburgh-based Baillie Gifford & Co., made the trip to Silicon Valley looking for the next big thing in technology, she...

China's Secretive Space Program Threatens Nasa's Dominance
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China's Secretive Space Program Threatens Nasa's Dominance

The launch of the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft in western China last month marked another great leap forward for the nation's space program and its ambition to send manned...

China Adopts Cybersecurity Law Despite Foreign Opposition
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China Adopts Cybersecurity Law Despite Foreign Opposition

China has green-lit a sweeping and controversial law that may grant Beijing unprecedented access to foreign companies' technology and hamstring their operations...

Twitter's 'firehose' of Tweets Is Incredibly Valuable, and Just as Dangerous
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Twitter's 'firehose' of Tweets Is Incredibly Valuable, and Just as Dangerous

There are half a billion tweets a day. For the company, they’re sellable data. For despots, they’re a great way to hunt dissidents.

The Search For Virtual Reality's Killer App
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The Search For Virtual Reality's Killer App

Sony Corp.'s release of the PlayStation VR on Thursday brings virtual reality to the cusp of mainstream adoption.

The Computer Voting Revolution Is Already Crappy, Buggy, and Obsolete
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The Computer Voting Revolution Is Already Crappy, Buggy, and Obsolete

Six days after Memphis voters went to the polls last October to elect a mayor and other city officials, a local computer programmer named Bennie Smith sat on his...

Nasa's Next-Gen Ships Run on Last-Gen Chips
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Nasa's Next-Gen Ships Run on Last-Gen Chips

Earlier this summer, NASA announced that ARM Holdings' A53 will be the microprocessor core design at the heart of the agency's next generation of spacecraft.

The Man Who Created Leappad Wants To Turn Your Eyes Into a Mouse
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The Man Who Created Leappad Wants To Turn Your Eyes Into a Mouse

First came the computer mouse. Then the touchscreen.

Thanks to This Man, Airplanes Don’t Crash Into Mountains Anymore
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Thanks to This Man, Airplanes Don’t Crash Into Mountains Anymore

Giant flocks of black birds circled the wreckage of an airliner that had struck an Alaska mountain two weeks earlier, killing all 111 aboard.

Google's Driverless-Car Czar on Taking the Human Out of the Equation
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Google's Driverless-Car Czar on Taking the Human Out of the Equation

You devoted your life to human-driven transportation, engineering SUVs at Ford and taking Hyundai (as U.S. CEO and president) to record levels of sales in the U...

Facebook's Really Big Plans For Virtual Reality
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Facebook's Really Big Plans For Virtual Reality

The office building on Facebook Way is in the unfinished style that honors materials like plywood, concrete, and steel.

Google Sprints Ahead in AI Building Blocks, Leaving Rivals Wary
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Google Sprints Ahead in AI Building Blocks, Leaving Rivals Wary

There's a high-stakes race under way in Silicon Valley to develop software that makes it easy to weave artificial intelligence technology into almost everything...

How Amazon Triggered a Robot Arms Race
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How Amazon Triggered a Robot Arms Race

An Amazon warehouse is a flurry of activity.

Google Tackles Challenge of How to Build an Honest Robot
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Google Tackles Challenge of How to Build an Honest Robot

Google can see a future where robots help us unload the dishwasher and sweep the floor. The challenge is making sure they don’t inadvertently knock over a vase—or...
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