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White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption
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White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption

The White House and U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials support arguments by the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence leaders that encryption technology...

3 Questions on Killer Robots
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3 Questions on Killer Robots

Delegates to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons are meeting this week in Geneva to discuss fully autonomous weapons—machines that could...

Ibm Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer's Controversial Brain Algorithms
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Ibm Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer's Controversial Brain Algorithms

For more than a decade Jeff Hawkins, founder of mobile computing company Palm, has dedicated his time and fortune to a theory meant to explain the workings of the...

Toolkits For the Mind
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Toolkits For the Mind

When the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto decided to create Ruby, a programming language that has helped build Twitter, Hulu, and much of the modern...

Data Mining Reveals When a Yellow Taxi Is Cheaper Than ­ber
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Data Mining Reveals When a Yellow Taxi Is Cheaper Than ­ber

A researcher compared Uber's prices with those of New York City's Yellow Cabs. 

New Display Technology Lets Lcds Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms
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New Display Technology Lets Lcds Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms

During a famous scene in Star Wars, Princess Leia has R2D2 play a holographic video message in midair in which she pleads for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the near...

Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?
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Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?

How much should a robot be allowed to hurt its coworkers?

Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics
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Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

In 2012, physicists in the Netherlands announced a discovery in particle physics that started chatter about a Nobel Prize.

The Hidden World of Facebook 'like Farms'
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The Hidden World of Facebook 'like Farms'

Facebook has become the advertising outlet of choice for many of the world’s businesses and companies.

How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously ­nknown Patterns in Sport
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How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously ­nknown Patterns in Sport

If you've ever watched soccer, you'll know of the subtle differences in tactics and formation between different teams.

A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream
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A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream

Punk bands from Blondie to the Ramones once played in Broadway Studios, an age-worn 95-year-old neoclassical building surrounded by strip clubs in San Francisco’s...

A Room Where Executives Go to Get Help from IBM's Watson
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A Room Where Executives Go to Get Help from IBM's Watson

IBM researchers are experimenting with a room where executives can go to discuss business problems with a version of the Watson supercomputing system.

How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?
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How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?

Pro-Russian separatists may have shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine on Thursday because they mistook the civilian plane for something else...

Self-Assembly Shows Promise for Extending Moore's Law
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Self-Assembly Shows Promise for Extending Moore's Law

These are challenging times for computer chip engineers.

Ray Kurzweil Says He's Breathing Intelligence Into Google Search
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Ray Kurzweil Says He's Breathing Intelligence Into Google Search

The big announcements at Google's I/O event in San Francisco Wednesday didn't mention Web search, the technology that got the company started and made it so successful...

Three Questions with the Man Leading Baidu's New AI Effort
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Three Questions with the Man Leading Baidu's New AI Effort

Artificial intelligence is guided by the far-off goal of having software match humans at important tasks.

Three Questions For Eugene Kaspersky
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Three Questions For Eugene Kaspersky

The Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky Lab has analyzed major new kinds of malware, including Stuxnet, which four years ago was revealed to have damaged...

Spinoffs from Spyland
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Spinoffs from Spyland

It takes more than a little tradecraft to spin off a startup from the National Security Agency.

Virtual Reality Startups Look Back to the Future
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Virtual Reality Startups Look Back to the Future

It's been almost 30 years since the computer scientist Jaron Lanier formed VPL Research, the first company to sell the high-tech goggles and gloves that once defined...

Marginally ­seful
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Marginally ­seful

Bitcoin, a purely digital currency, is backed by no commodity and governed by no central bank, but it exists because a small number of humans have chosen to believe...
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