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    How China Uses Big Data Analytics

    Sep 1, 2020

    China's quest to become the global center for artificial intelligence starts with mastering big data analytics. Its aggressive strategy encompasses economic, military, police, and intelligence functions. Beijing is already using big data to survey the country's domestic population and enhance its military.

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    Brain-Computer Interfaces Are Coming. Will We Be Ready?

    Aug 27, 2020

    Brain-computer interfaces give humans the ability to directly control machines with their minds. Before this emerging technology matures, it's important for developers to weigh the opportunities against the risks.

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