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The ­S and China Are in a Quantum Arms Race that Will Transform Warfare
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The ­S and China Are in a Quantum Arms Race that Will Transform Warfare

In the 1970s, at the height of the Cold War, American military planners began to worry about the threat to US warplanes posed by new, radar-guided missile defenses...

These Incredibly Realistic Fake Faces Show How Algorithms Can Now Mess with ­s
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These Incredibly Realistic Fake Faces Show How Algorithms Can Now Mess with ­s

These faces don't seem particularly remarkable. They could easily be taken from, say, Facebook or LinkedIn. In reality, they were dreamed up by a new kind of AI...

China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.
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China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.

In the early 1980s, a cluster of fledging computer companies opened up shop in a chaotic corner of northwest Beijing, near the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities...

China Has Never Had a Real Chip Industry. Making AI Chips Could Change That.
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China Has Never Had a Real Chip Industry. Making AI Chips Could Change That.

Donald Trump is speaking Mandarin.

Machine Learning Identifies Cryptocurrency Scams Before They Happen
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Machine Learning Identifies Cryptocurrency Scams Before They Happen

Researchers in the U.K. have developed an algorithm that can predict "pump-and-dump" cryptocurrency scams prior to their occurrence.

­sing Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought
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­sing Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought

Researchers have developed a technique to see through walls using ambient Wi-Fi signals and an ordinary smartphone.

­sing Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought
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­sing Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought

Wi-Fi fills our world with radio waves. In your home, in the office, and increasingly on city streets, humans are bathed in a constant background field of 2.4-...

The ­.S. Pushes to Build ­nhackable Quantum Networks
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The ­.S. Pushes to Build ­nhackable Quantum Networks

A few years ago, Edward Snowden, a contractor working for the US National Security Agency, leaked documents that showed the ways in which intelligence agenciestapped...

Bot Disguised as a Human Software Developer Fixes Bugs
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Bot Disguised as a Human Software Developer Fixes Bugs

A new software bot can find bugs in code and write patches with effectiveness comparable to that of human developers.

China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI
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China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI

China might be at loggerheads with the United States over trade, but it is calling for a friendlier approach to the development of artificial intelligence.

For Safety’s Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-connected Things
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For Safety’s Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-connected Things

That's the view of security expert Bruce Schneier, who fears lives will be lost in a cyber disaster unless governments act swiftly.

The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains
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The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains

Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on.

­.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes
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­.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes

U.S. Defense researchers say they have created the first forensic tools for catching fake videos, known as "deepfakes," created with artificial intelligence.

The Defense Department Has Produced the First Tools for Catching Deepfakes
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The Defense Department Has Produced the First Tools for Catching Deepfakes

The first forensics tools for catching revenge porn and fake news created with AI have been developed through a program run by the US Defense Department.

Hordes of Research Robots Could Be Hijacked for Fun and Sabotage
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Hordes of Research Robots Could Be Hijacked for Fun and Sabotage

Many experimental robots that live in research laboratories around the world may be wide open to hackers.

The ­S Military Is Funding an Effort to Catch Deepfakes and Other AI Trickery
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The ­S Military Is Funding an Effort to Catch Deepfakes and Other AI Trickery

Think that AI will help put a stop to fake news? The US military isn't so sure.

A Phone that Says 'No' to Little Kid Fingers
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A Phone that Says 'No' to Little Kid Fingers

A new algorithm can identify who is swiping a smartphone screen, which could lead to child-proof devices.

Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed
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Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed

In cryptocurrency circles, calling something "centralized" is an insult.

Warning: This Algorithm Will Self-Destruct After It's ­sed
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Warning: This Algorithm Will Self-Destruct After It's ­sed

Two researchers say they have built a proof-of-principle algorithm that destroys itself after use.

First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News
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First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News

Researchers say they have proof that social bots are the key to the online proliferation of fake news.
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