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Why Alibaba is betting big on AI chips and quantum computing

Meet the man behind Alibaba’s gamble on emerging tech.

Posted on 26 September 2018 | 5:30 am

Clearing out old cells might help the brain

A popular anti-aging strategy keeps mice from getting senile.

Posted on 20 September 2018 | 5:00 am

Future robo-taxis could charge themselves and help balance the electric grid

Wireless startup WiTricity wants cars to power up without human help and feed utilities energy during peak demand.

Posted on 18 September 2018 | 11:00 pm

Artificial intelligence is often overhyped—and here’s why that’s dangerous

AI has huge potential to transform our lives, but the term itself is being abused in very worrying ways, says Zachary Lipton, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Posted on 14 September 2018 | 11:00 am

How to hack an election—and what states should do to prevent fake votes

Two speakers at this year’s EmTech MIT conference addressed voting vulnerabilities.

Posted on 14 September 2018 | 6:45 am

How to hack an election—and what states should do to prevent fake votes

Two speakers at this year’s EmTech MIT conference addressed voting vulnerabilities.

Posted on 14 September 2018 | 6:45 am

Wall Street’s embrace could break Bitcoin

Going mainstream could be disastrous for the currency, if traders treat it like a conventional asset.

Posted on 8 September 2018 | 4:07 am

Wall Street’s embrace could break Bitcoin

Going mainstream could be disastrous for the currency, if traders treat it like a conventional asset.

Posted on 8 September 2018 | 4:07 am

Running quantum algorithms in the cloud just got a lot faster

A startup called Rigetti Computing is linking quantum computers with classical ones in a new cloud service

Posted on 7 September 2018 | 5:10 pm

Four questions Silicon Valley should expect from Capitol Hill

And one fundamental question that should underlie tomorrow’s Congressional testimony.

Posted on 5 September 2018 | 8:55 am

Four questions Silicon Valley should expect from Capitol Hill

And one fundamental question that should underlie tomorrow’s Congressional testimony.

Posted on 5 September 2018 | 8:55 am

California advances an ambitious climate policy that should be a model for the world

The state is on the verge of passing a rule requiring 100 percent of its electricity to come from carbon-free sources.

Posted on 29 August 2018 | 2:10 am

California advances an ambitious climate policy that should be a model for the world

The state is on the verge of passing a rule requiring 100 percent of its electricity to come from carbon-free sources.

Posted on 29 August 2018 | 2:10 am

Crowdsourcing the hunt for software bugs is a booming business—and a risky one

Freelance cybersleuths can help companies find flaws in their code. But the bug hunters could fall afoul of anti-hacking laws.

Posted on 24 August 2018 | 6:30 am

The four ways that ex-internet idealists explain where it all went wrong

21st-century digital evangelists had a lot in common with early Christians and Russian revolutionaries.

Posted on 22 August 2018 | 11:00 pm

Kenya’s technology evolved. Its political problems stayed the same.

Long before the internet, hate speech flourished in echo chambers of a different kind.

Posted on 22 August 2018 | 11:00 pm

This is what filter bubbles actually look like

Maps of Twitter activity show how political polarization manifests online and why divides are so hard to bridge.

Posted on 22 August 2018 | 11:00 pm

Future elections may be swayed by intelligent, weaponized chatbots

The AI advances that brought you Alexa are teaching propaganda how to talk.

Posted on 22 August 2018 | 11:00 pm

Noon in the antilibrary

Science fiction: What happens when fake news is everywhere?

Posted on 19 August 2018 | 1:00 am

Why robots helped Donald Trump win

Toledo has more robots per worker than any other US city. They’re producing a healthy economy—and lots of anxiety.

Posted on 21 June 2018 | 11:00 pm