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Internet Voting Leaves Out a Cornerstone of Democracy: The Secret Ballot
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Internet Voting Leaves Out a Cornerstone of Democracy: The Secret Ballot

Internet voting invalidates the secrecy of ballots, according to a report from Verified Voting.

These States Are at the Greatest Risk of Having Their Voting Process Hacked
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These States Are at the Greatest Risk of Having Their Voting Process Hacked

Not everything belongs on the Internet, and the American electoral process is a textbook example. But 31 states don't see it that way.

This Supercomputer Will Try to Find Intelligence on Reddit
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This Supercomputer Will Try to Find Intelligence on Reddit

Is it possible that the secret to building machine intelligence lies in spending endless hours reading Reddit?

The Robot You Want Most Is Far From Reality
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The Robot You Want Most Is Far From Reality

House-cleaning robots will surely be popular, but building one will be a daunting challenge, according to researchers.

Data Mining Reveals First Evidence That Absence Really Does Make the Heart Grow Fonder
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Data Mining Reveals First Evidence That Absence Really Does Make the Heart Grow Fonder

A project to data-mine mobile phone records found people invest more in relationships where there exists a risk of the relationship weakening.

Pentagon Bot Battle Shows How Computers Can Fix Their Own Flaws
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Pentagon Bot Battle Shows How Computers Can Fix Their Own Flaws

It might be the least spectacular show to ever grace a Las Vegas stage.

Facebook Plans to Beam Internet to Backwaters With Lasers
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Facebook Plans to Beam Internet to Backwaters With Lasers

Facebook Connectivity Lab researchers have developed an optical technology to help laser beams deliver fast Internet access to remote areas.

Minecraft Is a Testing Ground For Human-AI Collaboration
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Minecraft Is a Testing Ground For Human-AI Collaboration

The blockish and slightly dorky computer game Minecraft may turn out to be a great place for humans and AI to learn how to work together.

Tougher Turing Test Exposes Chatbots' Stupidity
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Tougher Turing Test Exposes Chatbots' Stupidity

The results of the Winograd Schema Challenge revealed much more work needs to be done to make computers truly intelligent.

Inside Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Engine Room
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Inside Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Engine Room

A complex in Prineville, OR, that houses Facebook servers recently was expanded with high-powered servers designed to accelerate research into machine learning....

DARPA Hopes Automation Can Create the Perfect Hacker
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DARPA Hopes Automation Can Create the Perfect Hacker

Look out, human hackers. Pentagon research agency DARPA says people are too slow at finding and fixing security bugs and wants to see smart software take over the...

If a Driverless Car Goes Bad We May Never Know Why
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If a Driverless Car Goes Bad We May Never Know Why

Two recent accidents involving Tesla's Autopilot system may raise questions about how computer systems based on learning should be validated and investigated when...

Are Face Recognition Systems Accurate? Depends on Your Race
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Are Face Recognition Systems Accurate? Depends on Your Race

The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report finding the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not properly tested the accuracy of its face-matching...

Control Your Smartphone with Your Eyes
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Control Your Smartphone with Your Eyes

In an effort to make eye tracking cheap, compact, and accurate enough to be included in smartphones, a group of researchers is crowdsourcing the collection of gaze...

As It Searches For Suspects, the Fbi May Be Looking at You
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As It Searches For Suspects, the Fbi May Be Looking at You

The FBI has access to nearly 412 million photos in its facial recognition system—perhaps including the one on your driver's license.

First Experimental Demonstration of a Quantum Enigma Machine
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Quantum Enigma Machine

One of the great unsung heroes of 20th century science was a mathematician and engineer at the famous Bell Laboratories in New Jersey called Claude Shannon.

Mobile Phone Records Reveal Largest Gathering in the History of Humanity
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Mobile Phone Records Reveal Largest Gathering in the History of Humanity

Mobile phones have revolutionized the way scientists study human behavior, allowing them to watch people on a scale that has never been previously imagined.

Largest Study of Online Tracking Proves Google Really Is Watching ­S All
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Largest Study of Online Tracking Proves Google Really Is Watching ­S All

Researchers at Princeton University say they have conducted the largest study yet on the technology that tracks people's movements around the Web. 

How to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence
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How to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence

The possibility that a malevolent artificial intelligence might pose a serious threat to humankind has become a hotly debated issue.

Robots Learn How to Make Friends and Influence People
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Robots Learn How to Make Friends and Influence People

Stanford University researchers have developed a computer-vision algorithm that predicts the movement of people in a busy space. 
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