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After decades in the wilderness, AI has swaggered back onto center stage.
A BBC headline last week, 'First object teleported to Earth's orbit', has to be one of the most fantastical you'll see this year. For once, it seems the future that science fiction promised has arrived! Or has it?
Chinese government leaders, subtle masters of propaganda, seem to have discovered a Sun Tzu formula for taming dissent on the Internet: The best strategy may not be to confront critics directly, but to lull or distract them with…
There is an old debate (at least, counting in internet years) that tends to crop up after major cybersecurity breaches such as the widespread WannaCry ransomware attack in May.
In 1899, the world's most powerful nations signed a treaty at The Hague that banned military use of aircraft, fearing the emerging technology's destructive power.
Every moment of your waking life and whenever you dream, you have the distinct inner feeling of being "you."
Campaigns to manipulate public opinion through false or misleading social media postings have become standard political practice across much of the world, with information ministries, specialized military units and political …
In recent days, our nation's response to the continued threat of foreign meddling in American elections has taken something of a surprising turn.
When science fiction writers first imagined robot invasions, the idea was that bots would become smart and powerful enough to take over the world by force, whether on their own or as directed by some evildoer.
The US mathematician and electrical engineer Claude Shannon, whose life spanned the tumultuous, technologically explosive twentieth century, is often called the father of information theory.
In the months since Donald Trump took office, Washington has been leaking like a sieve.
Don't worry. The robots won't destroy all our jobs. History suggests just the opposite—that new technologies inspire new jobs.
As recent high school graduates prepare for their migration to college in the fall, one item is sure to top most students' shopping wish lists: a laptop computer.
Back in 1980, Milton Friedman, the University of Chicago economist, starred in a public-television series called "Free to Choose," in which he presented his free-market ideas and, famously, told a young man that everything he…
How do you stop a robot from hurting people?
We need new tools that let everyone see, understand, and remix today's web. We need, in other words, to reboot the culture of View Source.
Nothing connected to the internet is safe from hackers. And I mean nothing.
President Donald Trump reportedly spends his nights alone in the White House, watching TV news and yelling at the screen.
"Death, be not proud, though some have called thee; Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow; Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me."
How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Choe Sang-Hun, The Times's Korea correspondent who is based in Seoul, discusses the tech he's using.
Google and Facebook are household names around the world. Baidu? Not yet. Ya-Qin Zhang, president of China's leading search business, says Chinese companies can become worldwide Internet powerhouses too.
"Lordy, I hope there are tapes," said an exasperated James Comey in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8. Comey's desire reflects a familiar one for individuals accused of lying when the stakes are…
Paul Tang was with his wife in the hospital just after her knee replacement surgery, a procedure performed on about 700,000 people in the U.S. every year.
Seeking multidisciplinary research into the rapidly evolving gig-economy.
We all need to learn to be expert beginners.
Recommendations for a successful nomination process.
Recent attacks exploiting a known vulnerability continue a downward spiral of ransomware-related incidents.
What are schools for, and is coding a necessary part of that?
The abstraction from big data on English words of distributed vector representations computing simple semantic aspects has drawn interest from …
If we design CS education for tablets, everyone will learn better.
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before …
If there are advanced alien civilizations in the Milky Way …
A new smart harness uses artificial intelligence to help people …
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