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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 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • How PayPal Boosts Security with Artificial Intelligence

    • By: Michael Morisy
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 3 mins
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    To PayPal, the transactions signal fraud: a US user’s account is accessed in the UK, China, and elsewhere around the world. But PayPal’s security system - thanks to a growing reliance on an artificial - intelligence technology known as deep learning - is now able to spot possible fraud without making mistakes. That’s because algorithms mine data from the customer’s purchasing history.

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    • AI Voice Assistant Apps Are Proliferating, but People Don’t Use Them

    • By: Jamie Condliffe
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Limited to just audio, users of Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant don’t seem to stick with apps that run on their helper’s software. Would a screen help?

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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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    • Can This Man Make AI More Human?

    • By: Will Knight
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wells
    • Length: 17 mins
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    Gary Marcus became fascinated by the mind in high school after reading The Mind’s I, a collection of essays on consciousness edited by the cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter and the philosopher Daniel Dennett, as well as Hofstadter’s metaphorical book on minds and machines, Gödel, Escher, Bach. Around the same time, he wrote a computer program designed to translate Latin into English.

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    • What Will It Take to Build a Virtuous AI?

    • By: Will Knight
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 6 mins
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    A billion dollars is quite a lot of money to invest - even if your goal is saving the world from the ill effects of super-smart artificial intelligence that humans can’t control.

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    • A New AI Ethics Center Shows Growing Angst About Machine Smarts

    • By: Will Knight
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Let's face it: the pace of progress in artificial intelligence can sometimes seem unsettling. Terminator-style machines remain science fiction, but AI could have a huge impact on employment, introduce bias into algorithms, and contribute to the development of autonomous weapons. But perhaps the biggest looming threat may be making sure we understand how these increasingly complex systems work when they go awry.

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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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    • 5 Biotech Products U.S. Regulators Aren’t Ready For

    • By: Emily Mullin
    • Narrated by: Suzie Althens
    • Length: 5 mins
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    New techniques being used to produce our food or shape the environment raise regulatory questions.

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    • The End of Internet Advertising as We've Known It

    • By: Doc Searls
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Millions of people are refusing to let intrusive, distracting, or irrelevant ads load on their devices. It’s an opportunity for consumers to demand a more mutually beneficial relationship with online advertisers.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Gene Therapy 2.0

    • By: Emily Mullin
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Scientists have solved fundamental problems that were holding back cures for rare hereditary disorders. Next we’ll see if the same approach can take on cancer, heart disease, and other common illnesses.

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