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FCC Won’t Redefine ‘Broadband;’ Move Could Have Worsened Digital Divide

Internet activists just got some unexpected good news from an unexpected source. Last summer the Federal Communications Commission floated the possibility of lowering its threshold for connections to be considered broadband. Now it’s backing away from that idea. The FCC announced Thursday that it will continue to define home broadband as connections that are 25 […]

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Forget the Robot Singularity Apocalypse. Let’s Talk About the Multiplicity

For a species that’s conquered Earth and traveled through space and invented the Slapchop, we humans sure are insecure when it comes to technology. Our greatest fear: the singularity, when the abilities of AI and robots surpass those of humans, growing so advanced that civilization is forced to reboot as humanity spirals into existential dread. […]

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AI Beat Humans at Reading! Maybe Not

News spread Monday of a remarkable breakthrough in artificial intelligence. Microsoft and Chinese retailer Alibaba independently announced that they had made software that matched or outperformed humans on a reading-comprehension test devised at Stanford. Microsoft called it a “major milestone.” Media coverage amplified the claims, with Newsweek estimating “millions of jobs at risk.” Those jobs […]

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‘CS:GO’ in Your Facebook Feed: One of the Biggest Esports Leagues Is Moving to Facebook. Why?

Facebook may have decided it doesn’t want to be a media company, but it might just want to be a gaming platform. The company announced today that it will be the exclusive destination for multiple leagues from esports federation ESL. Look out, top-down cooking videos and insane Russian dashcam clips: you may soon be competing […]