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An Artist Sees Data So Powerful It Can Help Us Pick Better Friends

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It can feel intrusive to have so much data collected about us, but Laurie Frick is optimistic about how big data will evolve. She says it could help us evaluate how we respond to other people.

Sometimes We Feel More Comfortable Talking To A Robot

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Artist Alexander Reben wants to know whether a robot could fulfill our deep need for companionship. He created a robot named BlabDroid that asks people to share their raw emotions and deep secrets.

Trump Administration Restricts H-1B Worker Visas Coveted By High Tech

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It's another step in fighting potential fraud and abuse in the program that brings 85,000 highly-skilled workers into the U.S. every year. More detail is required on why the workers are needed.

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The Father Of The Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through A 'Black Mirror'

The titans of Silicon Valley have a grand vision of the future. But they have a tendency to miss the downside of their inventions — think cybercrime and online harassment.

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Synergy Between Nurses And Automation Could Be Key To Finding Sepsis Early

A bedside computer loaded with software that tracks vital signs in the ICU can pick up early warning patterns, specialists say. But it takes a human care provider to sort the signal from the noise.

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This 'Gray Hat' Hacker Breaks Into Your Car — To Prove A Point

Everything from cars to thermostats is being connected to the Internet, raising security concerns. Samy Kamkar, who once hacked MySpace, hopes exposing vulnerabilities will make these things safer.

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Iran May Follow Venezuela In Launching Its Own Cryptocurrency

The move, announced by a government official in a tweet on Wednesday, raised fears of rogue states using virtual currencies to evade sanctions.

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Oregon Schools Take To Social Media When Making Snow Day Decisions

Decisions on snow days Thursday varied from district to district. But use of social media to get the word out? Pretty similar.

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SpaceX Completes Successful Launch, Narrowly Misses Catching $6 Million Nose Cone

As part of his "rocket reusability" ethos, Elon Musk had hoped to use a giant net on a boat to catch the rocket's protective covering. It turns out it's hard to catch stuff falling from space.

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Oregon Senate Approves New Consumer Protections After Equifax Data Breach

Spurred by last year’s massive Equifax data breach, the Oregon Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to stiffen protections for consumers when their sensitive information is stolen.

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Installation Progresses On Bezos-Backed 10,000-Year Clock

A 500-foot-tall clock is being constructed inside a mountain in West Texas on property owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. It is the brain child of inventor Danny Hillis.

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Doctors In China Lead Race To Treat Cancer By Editing Genes

More than a third of patients with cancer of the esophagus responded to experimental treatment in China with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. Several CRISPR studies are underway there.

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'Automating Inequality': Algorithms In Public Services Often Fail The Most Vulnerable

Author Virginia Eubanks argues that automated systems that governments across the U.S. use to deliver benefit and welfare programs are often rigged against the very people who need it most.