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This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection

Psychopathic machines? Lethal AI? These are the concepts we should be thinking about when we talk about the benefits of self-improving software. An …

4 Things You Need to Know About Future NSA Director Michael Rogers

Vice Adm. Michael Rogers was confirmed as the new director of the NSA and the U.S. Cyber Command. He will succeed Gen. Keith Alexander, who's …

Dell's New Research Lab Is Working On Mood-Sensing Computers Like The One In The Movie 'Her'

As a newly private company, Dell didn't reveal how big this unit would be in dollar amount or number of employees. But we recently talked with Jai Menon, the head of the new R&D unit, who spent most of his career working for IBM's famous research group.<p>And he outlined some of the cool new tech Dell …

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How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

In late December 2001, someone calling themselves TheTrueHOOHA had a question. He was an 18-year-old American male with impressive IT skills and a sharp intelligence. His real identity was unknown. Everyone who posted on Ars Technica, a popular technology website, did so anonymously.<p>TheTrueHOOHA …

Could Google Maps Help End Poverty?

Last year in the Indian city of Chennai, more than half a million people suddenly appeared from out of nowhere. These men, women and children weren’t rural migrants who had just moved to the city. Neither were they incomers from somewhere else in the world. They were slum dwellers who had lived in …

Scentee's smelly smartphone notifications are now available worldwide

If you were crestfallen when you heard that Scentee's fragrance-emitting smartphone add-on would be hard to get outside of Japan, you can relax -- it's now available worldwide through the company's site. The perfume plug-in sells for $35 by itself (plus a whopping $30 in shipping), while scent …

Apple store using sniffers to combat B.O.?

A report says the Apple store in Santa Monica, Calif., has such problems with bad smells that is has sensors to activate ventilation systems. Is this an isolated issue?<p>Have you noticed that not everyone cares too much about the odor they emit?<p>Do you recoil at times when you walk past an apparently …

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