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Hacking the Drone War's Secret History
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Hacking the Drone War's Secret History

In 2008 U.S. troops in Iraq discovered that Shi’ite insurgents had figured out how to tap and record video feeds from overhead American drones. Now you too can...

This Pentagon Project Makes Cyberwar as Easy as Angry Birds
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This Pentagon Project Makes Cyberwar as Easy as Angry Birds

The target computer is picked. The order to strike has been given. All it takes is a finger swipe and a few taps of the touchscreen, and the cyberattack is prepped...

Computer Brain Escapes Google's X Lab to Supercharge Search
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Computer Brain Escapes Google's X Lab to Supercharge Search

Two years ago Stanford professor Andrew Ng joined Google's X Lab, the research group that's given us Google Glass and the company's driverless cars. His mission...

Why Even Google Will Embrace Cellphone Chips in the Data Center
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Why Even Google Will Embrace Cellphone Chips in the Data Center

Jason Mars is a rarity. He's an outsider with regular access to Google's data centers.

New Android Boss Finally Reveals Plans For World's Most Popular Mobile Os
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New Android Boss Finally Reveals Plans For World's Most Popular Mobile Os

For the past few years, Sundar Pichai has been part of a tag-team routine staged at Google's annual I/O developer conference.

The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI
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The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI

There's a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm.

Google's Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet
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Google's Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet

When some future Mars colonist is able to open his browser and watch a cat in a shark suit chasing a duck while riding a roomba, they will have Vint Cerf to thank...

How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain
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How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain

Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn't have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field...

Bioengineers Build Open Source Language For Programming Cells
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Bioengineers Build Open Source Language For Programming Cells

Drew Endy wants to build a programming language for the body.

Smoke Color Is Key Clue to Analyzing Boston Marathon Bombs
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Smoke Color Is Key Clue to Analyzing Boston Marathon Bombs

As a team of investigators led by the FBI begins deciphering the bombs that killed three people and wounded 150 more in Boston this week, a key clue is already...

'chinese Google' Opens Artificial-Intelligence Lab in Silicon Valley
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'chinese Google' Opens Artificial-Intelligence Lab in Silicon Valley

It doesn't look like much.

Mathematicians Predict the Future With Data From the Past
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Mathematicians Predict the Future With Data From the Past

In Issac Asimov's classic science fiction saga Foundation, mathematics professor Hari Seldon predicts the future using what he calls psychohistory.

How Google Remade the Computer Science Researcher
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How Google Remade the Computer Science Researcher

John Wilkes spent a year negotiating his move to Google, and when he finally agreed to join the company, he still didn’t know what he’d be working on.

Hackers Compete to Create the Most Insidious Code
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Hackers Compete to Create the Most Insidious Code

The Underhanded C Conference calls on developers to create software that performs some kind of malicious activity but looks innocuous even under scrutiny. 

A Leader of Obama's New Brain Initiative Explains Why We Need It
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A Leader of Obama's New Brain Initiative Explains Why We Need It

Neuroscientist William Newsome of Stanford University is one of two scientists tapped by President Obama to lead a new brain research initiative, which the administration...

You'll Never Believe the Data 'wiped' Smartphones Store
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You'll Never Believe the Data 'wiped' Smartphones Store

Few things are more precious, intimate, and personal than the data on your smartphone.

How the Science of Swarms Can Help ­s Fight Cancer and Predict the Future
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How the Science of Swarms Can Help ­s Fight Cancer and Predict the Future

The first thing to hit Iain Couzin when he walked into the Oxford lab where he kept his locusts was the smell, like a stale barn full of old hay.

The Future of the Internet Is Still Ads—and You're the Inventory
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The Future of the Internet Is Still Ads—and You're the Inventory

Ads pay for the Internet, or at least for what most of us do online.

Pentagon's Mad Scientists Want a Tattoo That Tracks Troops' Vitals
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Pentagon's Mad Scientists Want a Tattoo That Tracks Troops' Vitals

In its ongoing quest to measure every aspect of U.S. troops' physiology, the Pentagon's esoteric research enclave wants to develop a durable, unobtrusive device...

So It Begins: DARPA Sets Out to Make Computers That Can Teach Themselves
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So It Begins: DARPA Sets Out to Make Computers That Can Teach Themselves

The Pentagon's blue-sky research agency is readying a nearly four-year project to boost artificial intelligence systems by building machines that can teach themselves—while...
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