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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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    • Cybersecurity: The Age of the Megabreach

    • By: David Talbot
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Why Bitcoin Could Be Much More Than a Currency

    • By: Mike Orcutt
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Bitcoin doesn’t have to replace government-backed money to improve the way we do business online.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Data-Mining Your Psyche

    • By: David Talbot
    • Length: 11 mins
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    When a state representative named Thom Tillis ran for US Senate in North Carolina in 2014, his campaign followed the now-standard practice of sending voters online and direct-mail advertisements referring to particular issues. Which issues mattered to which people, from ISIS to the Affordable Care Act, could be gleaned from the voters’ memberships and donations or inferred from demographic information and databases of everything from their purchases to their Web history.

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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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    • 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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    • With Its New Photo Filter, Facebook Announces Its Plan to Have AI Invade Your Phone

    • By: Jamie Condliffe
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Facebook has announced a new AI-powered filter for your photos—a modest move, but one that signals the company’s grand ambitions to bake artificial intelligence into every aspect of its business.

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    • Are Autonomous Cars Ready to Go It Alone?

    • By: Jamie Condliffe
    • Narrated by: Suzie Althens
    • Length: 3 mins
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    California is preparing for self-driving cars to go solo, but new figures from Uber’s experiments suggest proceeding with caution.

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    • Humans Will Bully Mild-Mannered Autonomous Cars

    • By: Jamie Condliffe
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Step in front of an autonomous car, and it should stop. Cut one off while you’re driving, and it should hit the brakes. These are obvious safety features to build into robotic vehicles—but they also leave open the possibility for humans to game their behavior. It's easy to imagine how cyclists might rule the roads of New York City if all taxis are driverless.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • An Algorithm Helps Robots Fall Safely

    • By: Will Knight
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wells
    • Length: 5 mins
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    At a major robotics competition held in June, several multi-million-dollar robots struggled to perform even simple tasks like climbing a flight of stairs; some even toppled over with what seemed like impeccable comic timing.

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