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Algorithms Are Great and All, But They Can Also Ruin Lives
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Algorithms Are Great and All, But They Can Also Ruin Lives

On April 5, 2011, 41-year-old John Gass received a letter from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Why the Surveillance State Lives On
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Why the Surveillance State Lives On

Once upon a time, Glenn Greenwald was a lonely voice in the blogging wilderness, and Edward Snowden was an isolated functionary at the heart of the American national...

Baidu's Andrew Ng on Deep Learning and Innovation in Silicon Valley
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Baidu's Andrew Ng on Deep Learning and Innovation in Silicon Valley

Six months ago, Chinese Internet-search giant Baidu signaled its ambitions to innovate by opening an artificial-intelligence center in Silicon Valley, in Google's...

When Fitbit Is the Expert Witness
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When Fitbit Is the Expert Witness

Self-tracking using a wearable device can be fascinating. It can drive you to exercise more, make you reflect on how much (or little) you sleep, and help you...

Uber, a Start-Up Going So Fast It Could Miss a Turn
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Uber, a Start-Up Going So Fast It Could Miss a Turn

In just four years of operation, Uber has ignited a new global ride-sharing industry with the promise of transforming urban transportation and helping many people...

The Simple Question Nobody's Asking About Net Neutrality
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The Simple Question Nobody's Asking About Net Neutrality

President Obama rattled the internet this week when he unloaded his opinion on net neutrality, the notion that all internet traffic should be treated equally.

Google CEO on Moonshots: Find a 'Zero Million Dollar' Research Problem
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Google CEO on Moonshots: Find a 'Zero Million Dollar' Research Problem

To succeed at a moonshot, you need curiosity, impulse, and a problem that no one seems to be investing in.

Reasons to Land on a Comet: What the Rosetta Mission Can Learn
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Reasons to Land on a Comet: What the Rosetta Mission Can Learn

After a journey that took more than a decade, the world is scheduled to witness a first when the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission attempts to land a small...

Why We're All Beta Testers Now
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Why We're All Beta Testers Now

I taught a class a few years ago at Columbia Business School called "What Makes a Hit a Hit—and a Flop a Flop."

These Are 3 Breakthrough Science Ideas You'll Be Talking About in 2015
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These Are 3 Breakthrough Science Ideas You'll Be Talking About in 2015

For anyone who has ever said that all the STEM professions need is something to make them "cool" in order to attract more young people, look no further than ...

William Gibson: I Never Imagined Facebook
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William Gibson: I Never Imagined Facebook

Even if you've never heard of William Gibson, you're probably familiar with his work.

For Rosetta Mission's Scientists, the Thrill Is in the Comet Chase
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For Rosetta Mission's Scientists, the Thrill Is in the Comet Chase

Claudia Alexander has spent the last 15 years of her life waiting for this moment: landing a spacecraft the size of a washing machine on the surface of a speeding...

Space-Time Visionary
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Space-Time Visionary

Thanks to theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, real science is embedded in Christopher Nolan's film Interstellar, in which explorers seek a new home for humankind.

Google Scholar Pioneer on Search Engine's Future
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Google Scholar Pioneer on Search Engine's Future

Anurag Acharya, co-creator of Google Scholar, talks about the service's history and what he sees for its future.

A Sad Fact of Life: It's Actually Smart to Be Mean Online
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A Sad Fact of Life: It's Actually Smart to Be Mean Online

I'm generally upbeat on Twitter. Many of my posts are enthusiastic blurts about science or research in which I use way too many exclamation points!!

Will MOOCs Be Flukes?
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Will MOOCs Be Flukes?

On July 23rd, 1969, Geoffrey Crowther addressed the inaugural meeting of the Open University, a British institution that had just been created to provide an alternative...

Casting Light on the Internet's Shadows (and Shadowing)
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Casting Light on the Internet's Shadows (and Shadowing)

In an interview, Princeton University professor Arvind Narayanan and the Center for Information Technology Policy's Solon Barocas discuss the ethical and social...

North Korea: Surfing the Net in the World's Most Isolated Nation
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North Korea: Surfing the Net in the World's Most Isolated Nation

What's the point of a computer in a hermit country sealed off from the internet?

Artificial Intelligence as a Threat
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Artificial Intelligence as a Threat

Ebola sounds like the stuff of nightmares. Bird flu and SARS also send shivers down my spine.
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