August 20, 2014

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Chinese Search Giant Baidu Thinks AI Pioneer Andrew Ng Can Help It Challenge Google and Become a Global Power

Baidu is a fixture of online life in China, but it wants to become a global power. Can one of the world’s leading artificial intelligence researchers help it challenge Silicon Valley’s biggest companies?

 
 

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Ex-NSA Deputy Director Says the Agency Must Be “Biased” Towards Defense, Not Attack

The NSA’s deputy director at the time of the Snowden leaks argues that it makes sense for the agency to simultaneously aim to compromise and improve online security.

 

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The Emerging Pitfalls Of Nowcasting With Big Data

Statisticians have boasted of the benefits of big data. Now they’re discovering the weaknesses.

 
 

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Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending August 16, 2014)

A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.

 
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How People Consume Conspiracy Theories on Facebook

… in much the same way as mainstream readers consume ordinary news, say computer scientists.

 
 

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Cryptography Can Make Surveillance Open and Effective

With cryptography, surveillance processes could be open and preserve privacy without undermining their investigative power.

 
 

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Seven Stories You Shouldn’t Miss (Week Ending August 16, 2014)

 
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