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Abu Qader, 18, came to the U.S. from Afghanistan as a baby. Now a freshman at Cornell University, he has founded a medical technology company with the goal of improving diagnosis of breast cancer in poor countries. Robert Barker/Cornell University hide caption

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Alexa, Are You Safe For My Kids?

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A full-scale figure of a "T-800" terminator robot used in the movie Terminator 2, is displayed at a preview of the Terminator Exhibition in Tokyo in 2009. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lawmakers: Don't Gauge Artificial Intelligence By What You See In The Movies

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Taxis park along the footpath in Adelaide, Australia. Alva Noe asks: Do taxi apps make people interact less — or better — with their drivers? sasimoto/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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A Knightscope K5 security robot roamed the Prudential Center in Boston in May. Will it be the next robot to question its existence? Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

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I Sink, Therefore I Am: This Robot Wasn't Programmed For Existential Angst

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Artificial intelligence poses an existential risk to human civilization, Elon Musk (right) told the National Governors Association meeting Saturday in Providence, R.I. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption

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When Robot Face-Plants In Fountain, Onlookers Show Humanity — By Gloating

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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk responds to a question by Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval during the third day of the National Governors Association's meeting on Saturday in Providence, R.I. Among other things, Musk warned governors that artificial intelligence poses a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization." Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption

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