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why few coal miners became coders and how “learn to code” became an insult
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why few coal miners became coders and how “learn to code” became an insult

The experiment to turn laid off coal miners into rockstar programmers has been going on for years now with little to show for it except more right wing rage on social media.

yes, artificial intelligence could be hacked, but it wouldn’t be easy
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yes, artificial intelligence could be hacked, but it wouldn’t be easy

Every computer system can be compromised, even artificial intelligence. But despite some recent warnings, it’s not about to become a prime new target for hackers.

why the future of social media is younger, and a lot less social
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why the future of social media is younger, and a lot less social

Tech evangelists promising an internet-powered utopia helped design of social media as we know it. Their plan to unite the world was doomed the minute it met reality.

why your artificially intelligent assistant should judge you
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why your artificially intelligent assistant should judge you

Interaction with robots on a regular basis has the potential to blur some important lines when it comes to dealing with the world around us. But the good news is that our machines can still enforce them.

when two bad ideas meet: a singularitarian blockchain to stop evil artificial intelligence
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when two bad ideas meet: a singularitarian blockchain to stop evil artificial intelligence

We need a blockchain for ethical, friendly artificial intelligence about as much as a fish needs an umbrella. But in true Singularitarian fashion, one is being proposed.

how cranks cheat algorithms and silence their critics
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how cranks cheat algorithms and silence their critics

It’s not your imagination, social media and product rankings are being gamed with very obvious tricks tech companies are refusing to stop.

for cryptocurrencies, the only way to wide acceptance could be regulation
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for cryptocurrencies, the only way to wide acceptance could be regulation

Another month, another case to remind us that investing in the economic Wild West has real consequences for thousands of people.

why recommendation algorithms are a necessary evil
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why recommendation algorithms are a necessary evil

Experts are worried we’re ceding too many decisions to recommendation algorithms and are on a slippery slope to exploitation and learned helplessness. In reality, we’d be lost and very frustrated without them.

how killer robots can reshape the world’s militaries and geopolitics
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how killer robots can reshape the world’s militaries and geopolitics

The American military may be the best in the world, but too often, it’s fighting 21st-century wars with 20th-century ideas. Its foreign counterparts have an opportunity to master the wars of the future.

why and how we’re building and securing the quantum internet
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why and how we’re building and securing the quantum internet

In the next ten years or so, your internet experience will be the same as today. But that internet may be built on complex quantum interactions instead of bits and bytes flying between routers and servers.

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