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The Pentagon has approved plans to expand its cybersecurity force more than fivefold to protect the U.S.'s critical computer systems and conduct offensive computer operations against foreign enemies.
Google has never been stingy when it comes to paying for information about security vulnerabilities in products.
Rice University professor Moshe Vardi predicts that by 2045 artificial intelligence machines will be able to perform a significant percentage of human work. "We seem to be blindly developing the technology without worrying about…
"I think most people feel that if you can find a way to beat the casino, more power to you," says Arnold Synder, his eyes, those telltale features, hidden behind a pair of black sunglasses.
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, chipmaker Intel demoed its latest big idea: "perceptual computing."
Although widespread commercial use of driverless cars is still years away, Google and others are already testing the technology on roads and automakers have raised concerns about liability laws.
Sharing information online has the potential to improve society worldwide, said World Wide Web founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee at the recent 2013 World Economic Forum.
Ford Motor Co. recently released OpenXC, an open source hardware and software toolkit that will allow the hacker community to experiment with the computer systems that run its cars.
The World Wide Web Consortium recently published the draft of Indie UI, a specification aimed at making it easier for developers to build Web applications that can be controlled by different devices.
What happens if the local police, the FBI or any government agency asks Google for information about your Gmail or YouTube account?
Some of the most important decisions that influence the public's knowledge aren't made by scientific societies and they don't take place in Washington D.C.
Ray Kurzweil's vision of the "singularity"—when nanobots make humans immortal and computer progress is so fast that the future becomes profoundly unknowable—is a bad idea.
They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like "I, Robot" and the television show "Knight Rider."
Like most of his peers, Gunnar Carlsson spends his time thinking about hairy, theoretical math problems.
IBM expects cognitive computing systems to usher in a new era of computing by being capable of learning and adapting through their mimicry of human senses. Some of the technology to enable cognitive computing already exists,…
Innovation in eight emerging areas of science and technology is poised to skyrocket as the number of people online grows from 2 billion in 2010 to 5 billion by 2020, says X PRIZE Foundation CEO Peter Diamondis.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned on Thursday that a major cyber attack is a looming threat and could have the same sort of impact as last year's Superstorm Sandy, which knocked out electricity in a large swathe…
MIT researchers have developed a method for storing data on individual molecules at room temperature, which could lead to a 1,000-fold improvement in storage density.
Google's Eric Grosse and Mayank Upadhyay have published a research paper that explores hardware-based alternatives to the traditional password.
Neil deGrasse Tyson came to Washington on Wednesday to deliver the science-specific version of President Barack Obama's second inaugural address.
At year's end, IBM selects a new innovation that has the potential to change the world.
One night a few years ago, two biologists sat in a bar in Hamburg, discussing DNA.
Vanderbilt University's Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) is helping develop the engineering software used in the U.S. Marine Corps' competition to design a new amphibious infantry fighting vehicle.
A book by two Massachusetts Institute of Technology economists argues that the pace of automation is accelerating and robotics development is taking away jobs from white-collar workers.
Google has revealed the full scale of the U.S. government's use of controversial legislation that bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of private citizens.
Students from the City of London School have won Britain's National Cipher Challenge. More than 6,200 schoolchildren from 725 schools across the country participated in the event, breaking code of increasing complexity over…
Health officials could get a head start on flu outbreaks from posts on Twitter that mention symptoms, according to new research.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, is perhaps best-known for two things: (probably) locating the elusive Higgs Boson, and being the birthplace of the Web.
Imagine a flying machine equipped with bombs and missiles, navigating the skies stealthily without human control.
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, one of the twin rovers that bounced to airbag-cushioned safe landings on Mars nine years ago this week, is currently examining veined rocks on the rim of an ancient crater.