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The US military is testing stratospheric balloons that ride the wind so they never have to come down

A sensor that can spot the wind direction from miles away will let DARPA’s surveillance balloons hover at the very edge of space in one spot indefinitely.

Posted on 14 November 2018 | 6:00 pm

Digital immortality: How your life’s data means a version of you could live forever

Your family and friends will be able to interact with a digital “you” that doles out advice—even when you’re gone.

Posted on 18 October 2018 | 9:00 am

We can now customize cancer treatments, tumor by tumor

But can any company afford to manufacture one-off medical care?

Posted on 17 October 2018 | 9:00 am

Your next doctor’s appointment might be with an AI

A new wave of chatbots are replacing physicians and providing frontline medical advice—but are they as good as the real thing?

Posted on 16 October 2018 | 11:30 am

Why we can’t quit the QWERTY keyboard

We’ve been using it to type for 144 years. Here’s why it works, and what it would take for us to give it up.

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 9:00 am

The US military wants to teach AI some basic common sense

Even the best AI programs still make stupid mistakes. So DARPA is launching a competition to remedy the field’s most glaring flaw.

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 6:30 pm

Clearing out old cells might help the brain

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

Posted on 19 September 2018 | 5:00 pm

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 am

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 13 September 2018 | 11:00 pm

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 13 September 2018 | 6:45 pm

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 13 September 2018 | 6:45 pm

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 7 September 2018 | 4:07 pm

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 7 September 2018 | 4:07 pm

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 am

Four questions Silicon Valley should expect from Capitol Hill

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

Posted on 4 September 2018 | 8:55 pm

Four questions Silicon Valley should expect from Capitol Hill

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

Posted on 4 September 2018 | 8:55 pm

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 28 August 2018 | 2:10 pm

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 23 August 2018 | 6:30 pm

Noon in the antilibrary

Science fiction: What happens when fake news is everywhere?

Posted on 18 August 2018 | 1:00 pm

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 am