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Last Build Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:23:00 -0400

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Our Robot Overlords Are Now Delivering Pizza, And Cooking It On The Go

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:23:00 -0400

A Silicon Valley start-up wants to use technology to solve the pizza paradox. It's a food that's meant to be delivered, but never tastes quite as good upon arrival.

Forget Self-Driving Cars. Self-Driving Chairs Have Arrived

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:17:00 -0400

Nissan unveiled the ProPilot chair, a high-tech self-driving seat that the automaker says makes waiting in line "easy and fun" by using technology designed for semi-autonomous cars.

Phone Emergency Alerts Will Begin Including Links, Phone Numbers

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:46:00 -0400

Regulators have voted to expand cellphone alerts to 360 characters from the previous cutoff at 90 and to begin including clickable URLs and phone numbers over the next year or so. But no photos yet.

Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:45:00 -0400

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

Tech Group To Set Industry Standards For Artificial Intelligence

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:09:00 -0400

Artificial intelligence is increasingly becoming part of everyday life: think Apple's Siri. Major tech firms formed a group to help the public understand AI and develop standards so it isn't misused.

Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:15:00 -0400

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

When Phones Went Mobile: Revisiting NPR's 1983 Story On 'Cellular'

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:14:00 -0400

The report titled "Cellular Phones Are Completely Mobile" features a man who was "among the first 1,500 customers to use a new mobile phone system called cellular."

Elon Musk Unveils His Plan For Colonizing Mars

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0400

In a speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, the billionaire tech entrepreneur is detailing his vision for sending humans to the red planet.

Fact Check: Trump And Clinton Debate For The First Time

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:48:00 -0400

NPR reporters and editors annotated Monday night's debate as it happened. Read the final fact check, analysis and context here.

Online Trackers Follow Our Digital Shadow By 'Fingerprinting' Browsers, Devices

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:58:00 -0400

Online tracking is no longer about "cookies." New technology helps trackers link online breadcrumbs — including across devices — through browser settings, battery levels and other details.

For Snapchat, Name Change Signals Expanding Ambitions

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:38:00 -0400

Social media giant Snapchat is now Snap, Inc. It's just one of the changes the company is making, as it gets ready to release video-recording sunglasses.

Republicans Say Obama Administration Is Giving Away The Internet

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:41:00 -0400

The U.S. is about to complete its long-planned handover of Internet domain name management to a global non-profit. Republicans argue it's an example of the Obama administration giving up U.S. power.

If The FCC Gets It Way, This App Could Change The Way You Watch TV And Save Dollars

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:46:00 -0400

Michel Martin chats with NPR's Washington correspondent Brian Naylor about the FCC's scheduled vote this week on a proposal that could one day save cable subscribers money.

Twitter To Help Provide Context To Moderators In Monday's Presidential Debate

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:46:00 -0400

Adam Sharp, head of News and Government at Twitter talks to Michel Martin about the role of Twitter during Monday's presidential debates.

Facebook Group Launched To Combat KKK Presence In Pennsylvania Town

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:35:00 -0400

Jaimi Hajzus was alarmed to learn that KKK fliers were dropped on lawns in her hometown of Coudersport, Pa. She tells NPR's Rachel Martin of a Facebook campaign to counter the hate group.