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Forget the Robot Singularity Apocalypse. Let's Talk About the *Multiplicity*

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:28
The robot revolution we're in the midst of is way more interesting and way less murder-y than science fiction. Call it the multiplicity.
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What's Actually Inside a Tide Pod?

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:52
What exactly is happening when you wash your clothes with fatty acid salts in a candylike package?
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AI Beat Humans at Reading! Maybe Not

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:35
Microsoft and Alibaba claimed software could read like a human. There's more to the story than that.
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Cancer Diagnosis from a Blood Draw? Liquid Biopsies Are Still a Dream

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:04
Blood tests can detect eight of the most common cancers—but their accuracy still isn’t high enough to be used clinically.
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A New Way to Track Down Bugs Could Help Save IoT

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:00
New research advances techniques for finding and exploiting known vulnerabilities in IoT devices automatically.
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'CS:GO' in Your Facebook Feed: One of the Biggest Esports Leagues Is Moving to Facebook. Why?

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 06:00
ESL is bringing two of its leagues exclusively to Facebook Watch. Are no-scope 360 headshots the new "meaningful interaction"?
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What CES and Detroit Taught Us About The Future Of Cars

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 04:00
Both CES and the Detroit Auto Show happen early in the year, and while they suggest an electric and autonomous future, there’s mileage left in gas.
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YouTube's Latest Shake-Up Hits Up-and-Coming Creators the Hardest

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 03:00
YouTube has taken new steps to limit who can profit from views—which may leave the next generation of creators in the lurch.
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Why a $38 Billion Tax Payment Is a Good Deal for Apple

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 03:00
Apple said it will pay an estimated $38 billion in tax to bring back to the US some of the $252 billion it has stashed overseas, following passage of the new tax law.
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The GE9X Jet Engine Is About to Get a Blast of Ice (For Safety's Sake)

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 03:00
When temperatures drop below -6 degrees F, engineers in Manitoba will bring the freeze to Boeing's new engine.
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Nintendo Labo: Price, Details, Release Date

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 14:58
Labo is a set of cardboard, build-it-yourself accessories for Nintendo's super-popular Switch gaming console.
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Startups Race to Create Cancer Screens from DNA

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 14:29
Entrepreneurs are selling VCs a vision of cheap, surgery-free cancer screening based on blood tests, even before symptoms appear.
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A Popular Crime-Predicting Algorithms Performed Worse Than Mechanical Turks in One Study

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:16
When researchers put a popular criminal justice algorithm up against a bunch of Mechanical Turks, they came out about even.
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Global Warming Predictions May Now Be a Lot Less Uncertain

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:00
Researchers claim they’ve reduced the uncertainty in a key metric of climate change by 60 percent. That could have implications for how humanity arrives at climate goals like it did in Paris.
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Gadget Lab Podcast: How 'Shine Theory' Improves Diversity in Design

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:00
A discussion about diversity in product design with Google's Lilian Rincon. Recorded live at CES 2018.
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The Physics of the 69-Degree Intersection That Kills Cyclists

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:00
Set up an intersection the wrong way, and an oncoming car can be completely blind to an oncoming biker—with fatal consequences.
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Nissan's Brain Wave Project Could Help You Drive by Reading Your Mind

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:00
Just put on this goofy helmet, and the car could know what you'll do before you do it.
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Ford Is Finally Getting Serious About Making Electric Cars

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:00
Starting with an $11 billion investment and an SUV to rival Tesla's Model X, called the Mach 1.
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NASA Just Proved It Can Navigate Space Using Pulsars. Where to Now?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:00
For years it's been the stuff of science fiction. Now NASA's shown that pulsar navigation works.
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The Project Veritas Twitter Videos Show the Conservative Backlash Against Moderation

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:16
James O'Keefe's Project Veritas has targeted Twitter, after the social media giant took steps to curb abuse on its platform.
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