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Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of 2 miles — and can very accurately kill that person."

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Tech Experts Warn Of Artifical Intelligence Arms Race In Open Letter

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Stuart Russell, an artificial intelligence researcher, and the force behind the open letter that warns about the dangers of autonomous weapons.

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University Of Lisbon Scientists Solve Pendulum Clock Mystery

Two professors at the University of Lisbon say they have discovered why the pendulums of clocks set on the same surface will eventually swing together in opposing directions.

As Twitter Flirts With Hearts, Will You Miss The Stars?

A different Twitter greeted some users when they logged on Tuesday as the social media company tries to win more hearts — and users.

Twitter Takes Down Unoriginal Jokes, But All Of Yours Are Probably Safe

A freelance writer got the company to take down several unauthorized uses of her humor by what she says are robot accounts, but legal scholars say proving copyright on jokes is difficult.

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Automakers Still Trying To Get Infotainment Systems Right

Carmakers want desperately to provide drivers with more entertainment and information, while motorists keep their eyes on the road. Advances in voice recognition could help them do so.

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Tired Of The Big City? Consider Telecommuting From Montana

Greg Gianforte, a successful high-tech entrepreneur, is recruiting — not for his company, but for telecommuters to move to rural Montana and bring their high-paying jobs with them.

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Narcissistic, Maybe. But Is There More To The Art Of The Selfie?

Some say selfies are a mark of our narcissistic culture. But what about a little photoshopping? Is this further evidence of our vanity — or a platform for our personal brand and self-expression?

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Major Flaw In Android Phones Would Let Hackers In With Just A Text

A security gap on the most popular smartphone operating system was discovered by security experts in a lab and is so far not widely exploited. It would let malicious code take over a phone instantly.

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More Than A Pipeline Problem: In Search Of Diversity In Silicon Valley

As the big tech firms grapple with a lack of diversity, three women of color who work in the industry talk about the challenges of expanding staff demographics.

The Good, The Bad And The LaGuardia: Modern Airport Design

July 29, 2015
The transit area at Terminal 3 in Singapore's Changi Airport, ranked as the world's best airport by SkyTrax, a UK-based travel consultancy. (WikiCommons / Jay8g)

New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to be torn down and rebuilt. We’ll consider what makes a great airport now, and how the US stacks up to the global competition.

Killer Robots Could Destroy Humanity (So Let’s Stop That From Happening, OK?)

July 28, 2015
A scene from "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have joined the call to ban autonomous weapons, which, unlike drones, operate solo.

Twitter’s Search For Stability

July 28, 2015
A sign is posted outside of the Twitter headquarters on July 29, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Twitter will report second quarter earnings today after the closing bell. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

How can a company like Twitter, that seems so successful, be having such problems? Kurt Wagner of Re/code weighs in.

Exercising The Aging Brain

July 24, 2015
Experts say exercise and socializing helps the brain. Here, George Jackson, right, 85, an army veteran and former boxer, exercises with Mary Diner, left, as they participate at a parkour class for elderly people in south London. The unique weekly class for people over 60 called parkour, a flashy discipline usually known for its acrobatic running, climbing and gravity-defying jumps. While most fitness classes aimed at seniors focus on calmer activities like dance or yoga, experts say parkour is a reasonable, if unorthodox, option., (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

From forgetting the keys to real dementia, the exercises – body and mind – that can actually help the aging brain.

Virtual Reality’s Resurgence In Boston And Beyond

July 23, 2015
Photographers take pictures of the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and touch input device following a news conference Thursday, June 11, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Virtual Reality has been a 3-D technological dream for decades, embodied by images of donning a pair of special goggles and being transported to another world.

Chevy’s Tech Head Talks Hackers And The Future Of Cars

July 23, 2015
Chevy says the 2015 Cruze "puts entertainment and information at your fingertips." (Chevrolet.com)

As vehicles become more and more like computers, what does that mean for safety? And privacy?

Ashley Madison, Gawker, Reddit And The Internet Shame Spiral

July 22, 2015
Guide To Better Password Security

Privacy and free speech on the Internet. We look at the troubles at Reddit and Gawker, and the hacking of cheating website Ashley Madison.

What The Ashley Madison Hack Means For Us All

July 21, 2015
Ashley Madison's Korean web site is shown on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

By now it’s clear just how vulnerable we are online. The recent data breaches are difficult to keep track of, and now add to that list a website that connects people who are looking to cheat on their spouses.

Delivery By Drone Is Hovering Closer To Reality

July 21, 2015
An employee of the US drone company Matternet shows a drone carrying a mail box of Swiss Post on July 7, 2015 at the airport of Bellechasse, western Switzerland during a press conference. Swiss Post started a series of test for parcel delivery by drone in the alpine country that has many isolated villages in valleys surrounded by mountains. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

The head of the Silicon Valley startup Matternet discusses the tests to figure out whether delivery drones could be cost-effective.

What Is Adobe Flash And Why Does Everyone Hate It?

July 21, 2015
Technology experts say Adobe Flash is a security risk, and has been slowing down online innovation. (octobergirl/Flickr)

Technology experts warn Adobe Flash is a security risk, and say the program has been slowing down online innovation.

Detroit Vs. Silicon Valley: The Future Of The Driverless Car

July 21, 2015
A pedestrian crosses in front of a vehicle as part of a demonstration at Mcity on its opening day Monday, July 20, 2015 on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. The 32-acre simulated city, complete with building facades, a roundabout, brick and gravel roads and other familiar features of urban driving, will be used to test driverless and connected vehicles. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

A new test city for driverless cars in Michigan. We’ll look from there to Silicon Valley and ask who’s in the driver’s seat for automotive innovation

An Uncertain Future For Reddit

July 17, 2015
Reddit's logo

The new CEO hosted an AMA (ask me anything) yesterday to address concerns, but users are leaving the site in droves.

Hey Look: It's Pluto!

July 17, 2015
This July 13, 2015 image provided by NASA shows Pluto, seen from the New Horizons spacecraft. The United States is now the only nation to visit every single planet in the solar system. ((NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI via AP)

Beautiful Pluto. From three billion miles out. Pictures and science are pouring in!

Two-Step Computer Security Might Double the Hassle, But Also The Safety

July 16, 2015
Two-step authentication may have helped prevent the Office of Personnel Management data breach in June. (Ben Watkin/Flickr)

“Two-factor authentication” is becoming increasingly common, and is now part of the government’s national security plans.

Managing The Artificial Intelligence Risk

July 16, 2015
In this March 18, 2009 photo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology student Huan Liu of Shanghai, China, positions a robot gardener near a tomato plant while demonstrating its capabilities in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory on the schools campus in Cambridge, Mass.  (AP)

Making artificial intelligence work for, not against, humanity. We’ll look at a big new push to get it right.

China's Big Economic Hiccup

July 15, 2015
Chinese investors chat while monitoring stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2015. Chinese authorities have accused securities firms of manipulating share prices and allowing improper trading during the country's market plunge, in a possible effort to deflect blame for investor losses totaling several trillion dollars.  (AP)

China’s stock market melts down and its economy on shaky ground. A bubble correction or signs of something more serious?

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