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    • AI’s Unspoken Problem

    • By: Will Knight
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 24 mins
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    Extraordinary progress has been made in artificial intelligence of late. But to achieve their full promise, machines must understand language, and that will be the most difficult step yet.

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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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    • The World’s Largest Shipping Company Trials Blockchain to Track Cargo

    • By: Jamie Condliffe
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 2 mins
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    What links flowers, mandarin oranges, and pineapples? They’re all neatly recorded on Maersk’s new digital shipping ledger.

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    • Cybersecurity: The Age of the Megabreach

    • By: David Talbot
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 4 mins
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    We haven’t stopped huge breaches. The focus now is on resilience, with smarter ways to detect attacks and faster ways to respond to them. In November 2014, an especially chilling cyberattack shook the corporate world - hackers, having explored the internal servers of Sony Pictures Entertainment, captured internal financial reports, top executives’ embarrassing e-mails, private employee health data, and even unreleased movies and scripts and dumped them on the open Web.

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    • Making AI Smarter, Faster

    • By: Will Knight
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Algorithms usually need thousands of examples to learn something. Researchers at Google DeepMind found a way around that.

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    • Artificial Intelligence That Makes Your Smartphone Smarter

    • By: Rachel Metz
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Despite their ubiquity, smartphones are still not very helpful at getting you information based on what you're already doing. For instance, if you get an e-mail from a friend asking if you want to check out a new restaurant in town, you have to leave the app behind and go conduct a Web search to learn more.

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    • Procuring Innovation

    • By: Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 23 mins
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    The U.S. Department of Defense founded a kind of startup in Silicon Valley to accelerate the development and acquisition of new technologies useful to the military. But will it survive President Trump?

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    • Better Than Opioids? Virtual Reality Could Be Your next Painkiller

    • By: Rachel Metz
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Not so far in the future, your doctor might prescribe playing a few games in virtual reality to ease aches and pains, rather than popping a pill. That’s Matthew Stoudt’s hope, anyway. He’s the CEO of AppliedVR, a startup that’s building a library of virtual-reality content for alleviating pain and anxiety before, during, and after medical procedures. The company is working with hospitals and doctors to get patients using the technology on Samsung’s Gear VR headset and to study its effectiveness as well.

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    • Google’s Algorithms May Feed You Fake News and Opinion as Fact

    • By: Jamie Condliffe
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 4 mins
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    As Facebook finally rolls out tools to clean up misinformation, another Internet giant must follow its lead.

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    • AI’s PR Problem

    • By: Jerry Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Had artificial intelligence been named something less spooky, we’d probably worry about it less.

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    • 2015 in Biomedicine: Baby Engineering, Spray-On GMOs, and Cancer Cures

    • By: Antonio Regalado
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Biologists often emphasize how little anyone really knows about the brain, the genome, and the mechanisms behind effective drugs. But this year their tune changed as diverse technologies - gene editing, stem cells, cloning, and DNA databases - coalesced into an immensely powerful toolkit for manipulating life. The message in 2015 seemed to be: “We can do anything.”

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    • The AI That Cut Google's Energy Bill Could Soon Help You

    • By: Will Knight
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Google is using a powerful new machine-learning approach to save huge amounts of energy (and hundreds of millions of dollars) each year at its vast data centers. It might not be long before the technique, which involves a machine-learning algorithm gradually learning to perfect a task with positive reinforcement, catches on in a range of other areas.

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    • Playing Games Might Help AI Advance

    • By: Will Knight
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wells
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The “artificial intelligence” found in most computer games isn’t very intelligent at all. Characters in the games tend to be controlled by algorithms that produce patterns of behaviors designed to seem natural and realistic, but the characters are actually rigid, with no capacity to learn or adapt.

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    • Amazon’s $150 Million Typo Is a Lightning Rod for a Big Cloud Problem

    • By: Jamie Condliffe
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 3 mins
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    A botched command inadvertently took down swaths of the Web, but it only serves to reveal that centralized Web services need to be built more robustly.

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    • Hot Solar Cells

    • By: James Temple
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 3 mins
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    By converting heat to focused beams of light, a new solar device could create cheap and continuous power.

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    • Why We Still Don't Have Better Batteries

    • By: Richard Martin
    • Narrated by: Suzie Althens
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Startups with novel chemistries tend to falter before they reach full production.

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    • Cyber-Espionage Nightmare

    • By: David Talbot
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 11 mins
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    On a wall facing dozens of cubicles at the FBI office in Pittsburgh, five guys from Shanghai stare from “Wanted” posters. Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Wen Xinyu, Huang Zhenyu, and Gu Chunhui are, according to a federal indictment unsealed last year, agents of China’s People’s Liberation Army Unit 61398, who hacked into networks at American companies—U.S. Steel, Alcoa, Allegheny Technologies (ATI), Westinghouse—plus the biggest industrial labor union in North America, United Steelworkers, and the U.S. subsidiary of SolarWorld, a German solar-panel maker.

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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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    • Can Machine Learning Help Lift China's Smog?

    • By: Will Knight
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wells
    • Length: 4 mins
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    From the street, through Beijing’s heavy smog, it can sometimes be hard to make out IBM’s Chinese headquarters: a towering office building with a distinctive undulating architectural flourish and a large company logo at the top. But just a short distance away, on the northeast outskirts of the capital, IBM computer scientists are using artificial intelligence to develop what they think will be a way to manage China’s notorious and chronic pollution problem more successfully.

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    • Paying for Solar Power

    • By: David Rotman
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 18 mins
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    SolarCity’s massive new manufacturing plant in Buffalo, New York, reflects a booming demand for solar power. Is it sustainable?

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