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Jim Hackett’s Toughest Job Yet: Leading Ford into the Driverless Era

An industry outsider will help Ford navigate an altered car industry and compete with the likes of Google and Uber.

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 4:00 pm

Meet the Most Nimble-Fingered Robot Yet

A dexterous multi-fingered robot practiced using virtual objects in a simulated world, showing how machine learning and the cloud could revolutionize manual work.

Posted on 25 May 2017 | 4:00 pm

He Built the Xbox—Can He Make a Microsoft Product Out of Quantum Computing?

Todd Holmdahl says that starting from behind won’t keep Microsoft from winning the race to commercialize quantum computing.

Posted on 24 May 2017 | 4:00 pm

Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI

Making machines inquisitive could improve their ability to perform important complex tasks.

Posted on 23 May 2017 | 4:00 pm

Microsoft Has a Plan to Add DNA Data Storage to Its Cloud

Tech companies think biology may solve a looming data storage problem.

Posted on 22 May 2017 | 4:00 pm

StarCraft Pros Are Ready to Battle AI

Elite players of the strategy game reveal how they would fight high-level AI bots created by DeepMind, Facebook, and other tech companies.

Posted on 19 May 2017 | 4:00 pm

Patching the Electric Grid

Our electric supply is increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack, and new technologies aim to sound the alarm earlier.

Posted on 19 May 2017 | 12:00 am

Trump Efforts to Blunt Climate Tool Likely to Provoke Legal Backlash

The administration wants to weaken the “social cost of carbon” as it looks to overhaul Obama’s climate regulations.

Posted on 17 May 2017 | 4:00 pm

An AI Ally to Combat Bullying in Virtual Worlds

Startup Spirit AI says it has a solution to the growing problem of harassment in online games: a sensitive bot.

Posted on 16 May 2017 | 4:00 pm

Why I Left the Hospital System and Started Working in Telemedicine

Behind one woman’s decision to pursue a medical career at a San Francisco Internet startup.

Posted on 15 May 2017 | 4:00 pm

An Algorithm Summarizes Lengthy Text Surprisingly Well

Training software to accurately sum up information in documents could have great impact in many fields, such as medicine, law, and scientific research.

Posted on 12 May 2017 | 4:00 pm

How Encrypted Weather Data Could Help Corporate Blockchain Dreams Come True

Banks and investors have sunk millions into the idea that blockchain programs called smart contracts can make finance and other industries more efficient.

Posted on 12 May 2017 | 4:00 am

Battle to Provide Chips for the AI Boom Heats Up

Chip maker Nvidia leads the race to power the machine-learning gold rush, but competition is coming from tech giants and startups.

Posted on 11 May 2017 | 8:30 am

Million-Dollar Prize Hints at How Machine Learning May Someday Spot Cancer

Chinese researchers have developed an algorithm that could help make lung cancer diagnosis less error-prone.

Posted on 9 May 2017 | 4:00 pm

The World’s Largest Electric Vehicle Maker Hits a Speed Bump

China’s BYD has huge market share and the backing of Warren Buffett, but a recent drop in government subsidies is hurting sales of its electric cars.

Posted on 8 May 2017 | 4:00 pm

The 3-D Printer That Could Finally Change Manufacturing

Desktop Metal thinks its machines will give designers and manufacturers a practical and affordable way to print metal parts.

Posted on 25 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

James Allison Has Unfinished Business with Cancer

Why do most patients fail to respond to the newest cures?

Posted on 24 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

Russian Disinformation Technology

Russia’s reinvention of war exploits old techniques for a new century. Open-source citizen investigators are fighting back.

Posted on 13 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem.

Posted on 11 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

We Need More Alternatives to Facebook

Chastened by the negative effects of social media, Mark Zuckerberg says he will tweak his service and upgrade society in the process. Should any company be that powerful?

Posted on 10 April 2017 | 4:00 pm