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    • The Tiny Startup Racing Google to Build a Quantum Computing Chip

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wells
    • Length: 6 mins
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    The airy Berkeley office space of startup Rigetti Computing boasts three refrigerators - but only one of them stores food. The other two use liquid helium to cool experimental computer chips to a fraction of a degree from absolute zero. The two-year-old company is trying to build the hardware needed to power a quantum computer, which could trounce any conventional machine by tapping into quantum mechanics.

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    • Google’s Quantum Dream Machine

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wells
    • Length: 16 mins
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    The theoretical underpinnings of quantum computing are well established. And physicists can build the basic units, known as qubits, out of which a quantum computer would be made. They can even operate qubits together in small groups. But they have not made a fully working, practical quantum computer.

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    • High-End, Cord-Free VR Headsets Are Nearing Reality

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 2 mins
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    The octopus was about five feet off the ground, over my right shoulder. I turned and stepped closer to walk around it. Anyone watching might have thought I looked silly - I had a bulky black virtual-reality headset strapped onto my face. But at least there wasn’t a cable running down my back to connect it to a PC.

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    • Microsoft's Civil Rights Crusader

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Suzie Althens
    • Length: 14 mins
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    The No. 2 executive at Microsoft is fighting the U.S. government in a series of cases that will shape online privacy - and the cloud business.

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    • One Startup’s Vision to Reinvent the Web for Better Privacy

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Blockstack’s system would let you control your own personal data—for example, by revoking a site’s access to it.

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    • AI That Dreams Up Drugs

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Ingesting a heap of drug data allows a machine-learning system to suggest alternatives humans hadn’t tried yet.

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    • A New Competitor for Bitcoin Aims to Be Faster and Safer

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 5 mins
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    A Stanford professor claims to have invented a Bitcoin-like system that can handle payments faster and with more security.

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    • When Your Boss Is an Uber Algorithm

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wells
    • Length: 6 mins
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    It sends texts with last-minute requests for extra shifts and won’t consider requests for a raise. Yes, the software that manages drivers for Uber has a few things in common with unpopular human bosses.

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    • Claimed Breakthrough Slays Classic Computing Problem; Encryption Could Be Next

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 4 mins
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    A professor who created an algorithm that may overturn an orthodoxy of computer science has the field’s experts excited.

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    • Startup Beams the Web’s Most Important Content from Space, Free

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 5 mins
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    The world’s poor could benefit from a system that is blanketing half Earth’s surface with a signal that provides free access to Wikipedia and other useful websites.

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    • With Hospital Ransomware Infections, the Patients Are at Risk

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wells
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Police departments, government offices, corporations, and countless individuals have been victims of malicious software that encrypts data and demands payment for its return. But a spate of recent ransomware infections at hospitals has some experts worried that patient care could suffer.

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    • IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Chip

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Phones and other compact devices with silicon neurons and synapses inside could be much more useful.

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    • Facebook's New Map of World Population Could Help Get Billions Online

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wells
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Facebook keeps its map of the social connections of the 1.6 billion people who use the service each month to itself. But it is giving away for free new maps it is building that describe patterns of population density in the world’s poorest countries in unprecedented detail.

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    • 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2015: Where Are They Now?

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Engineering the structure of metals and ceramic materials at the nanoscale can give them superpowers that might transform how we build just about everything. They can become incredibly flexible, strong, and extremely light all at the same time, and gain the ability to spring back into shape after being crushed flat.

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    • Teaching Machines to Understand Us

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 25 mins
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    A reincarnation of one of the oldest ideas in artificial intelligence could finally make it possible to truly converse with our computers. And Facebook has a chance to make it happen first.

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    • Meet Facebook’s Stratospheric Internet Drone

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wells
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Facebook has built the first of what it hopes will be a large fleet of solar-powered drones that will bring Internet connectivity to hundreds of millions of people beyond the reach of today's telecommunications infrastructure. Aquila, as the V-shaped carbon fiber craft is known, is powered by two propellers and has a wingspan of about 42 meters, roughly equivalent to a Boeing 737 airliner.

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    • Probing the Dark Side of Google's Ad-Targeting System

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 6 mins
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    That Google and other companies track our movements around the Web to target us with ads is well known. How exactly that information gets used is not—but a research paper presented last week suggests that some of the algorithmic judgments that emerge from Google's ad system could strike many people as unsavory.

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    • Alphabet’s Stratospheric Loon Balloons to Start Serving Internet to Indonesia

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The high-flying Internet balloons dreamed up by Google will get their biggest test yet in 2016.

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    • Reinventing Intel

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Suzie Althens
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Will faster data storage and chips with built-in lasers help turn Intel around?

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    • Dropbox Follows the Money into Crowded Market for Business Tools

    • By: Tom Simonite
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Dropbox, the provider of online data storage, is adding productivity features as it wades into the corporate market dominated by Microsoft and Google.

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