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First responders in the Marina District disaster zone after an earthquake on October 17, 1989 in San Francisco, Calif. Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images hide caption

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Betting On Artificial Intelligence To Guide Earthquake Response

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SenseTime's technology is able to identify specific attributes of vehicles and people. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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Facial Recognition In China Is Big Business As Local Governments Boost Surveillance

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Invisibilia: Do the Patterns in Your Past Predict Your Future?

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A robot sweeps the floor at the main press center at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images hide caption

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Can Computers Learn Like Humans?

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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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