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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...

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 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.

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.

How Intel Makes a Chip
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How Intel Makes a Chip

Before entering the cleanroom in D1D, as Intel calls its 17 million-cubic-foot microprocessor factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, it's a good idea to carefully wash your...

How the Constant Threat of War Shaped Israel's Tech Industry
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How the Constant Threat of War Shaped Israel's Tech Industry

Unit 8200 is Israel's most mysterious agency. No one outside knows exactly how it operates, who works there, or how they learn.

Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash
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Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash

On a recent Monday in April, more than 100 executives from some of the world's largest financial institutions gathered for a private meeting at the Times Square...

On This Waterfront, Robot Longshoremen Are the New Contenders
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On This Waterfront, Robot Longshoremen Are the New Contenders

On one end of a dock at America's busiest port, tractor-trailers haul containers through dense, stop-and-go traffic. Sometimes they collide.

Why Doesn't Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders?
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Why Doesn't Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders?

In the fall of 2013 a young software engineer named Charles Pratt arrived on Howard University's campus in Washington.

Apple's Deep Learning Curve
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Apple's Deep Learning Curve

In the world of artificial intelligence, one of the year's biggest coming-out parties is the Neural Information Processing Systems conference.

Apple Ceo Defends Encryption, Opposes Government Back Door
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Apple Ceo Defends Encryption, Opposes Government Back Door

Apple Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer and the director of the National Security Agency squared off on Monday in a debate over how much access technology companies...

The Jocks of Computer Code Do It For the Job Offers
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The Jocks of Computer Code Do It For the Job Offers

At 21, Gennady Vladimirovich Korotkevich is already a legend. Tourist, as he's known online, is now the world's top sport programmer.
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