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This Company's Robots Are Making Everything, and Reshaping the World
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This Company's Robots Are Making Everything, and Reshaping the World

The headquarters of Fanuc sit in the shadow of Mt. Fuji, on a sprawling, secluded campus of 22 windowless factories and dozens of office buildings.

Google, Facebook and Twitter scramble to Hold Washington at Bay
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Google, Facebook and Twitter scramble to Hold Washington at Bay

Google summoned about 200 policy staff from around the world last month for a debate on whether the company's size has made it too attractive as a target for government...

'mind-Boggling' Math Could Make Blockchain Work For Wall Street
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'mind-Boggling' Math Could Make Blockchain Work For Wall Street

A major breakthrough in cryptography may have solved one of the biggest obstacles to using blockchain technology on Wall Street: keeping transaction data private...

China's Plan For World Domination in AI Isn't So Crazy After All
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China's Plan For World Domination in AI Isn't So Crazy After All

Xu Li's software scans more faces than maybe any on earth. He has the Chinese police to thank.

Why So Few Women Break Through Tech's Bro Culture
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Why So Few Women Break Through Tech's Bro Culture

Despite the technology industry's attempts to achieve gender equality, the sector suffers from chronic underrepresentation of women.

French Election Is Facebook's Fake News Litmus Test
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French Election Is Facebook's Fake News Litmus Test

In the run-up to the first round of the French presidential election, the country's social media was awash in press reports of dubious origin.

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.

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
From ACM News

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.

The Computer Voting Revolution Is Already Crappy, Buggy, and Obsolete
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The Computer Voting Revolution Is Already Crappy, Buggy, and Obsolete

Six days after Memphis voters went to the polls last October to elect a mayor and other city officials, a local computer programmer named Bennie Smith sat on his...

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
From ACM Opinion

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...

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.

Senators' Encryption Measure Adds New Fuel to Apple-Fbi Debate
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Senators' Encryption Measure Adds New Fuel to Apple-Fbi Debate

Technology and Internet companies would have to provide government agencies with access to data when served with a court order under long-awaited draft legislation...

What Happens When the Surveillance State Becomes an Affordable Gadget?
From ACM News

What Happens When the Surveillance State Becomes an Affordable Gadget?

When Daniel Rigmaiden was a little boy, his grandfather, a veteran of World War II and Korea, used to drive him along the roads of Monterey, California, playing...

How to Get Online in Cuba
From ACM News

How to Get Online in Cuba

Every afternoon, crowds of Cubans gather outside Havana's top hotels—mob boss Meyer Lansky's favorite Nacional de Cuba, Ernest Hemingway's old haunt Ambos Mundos...
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