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Christine Kenneally's 'Invisible History of the Human Race'
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Christine Kenneally's 'Invisible History of the Human Race'

Of Christine Kenneally’s father’s father—a man neither Kenneally nor her father ever knew, a man who did the deed requisite to reproduction and promptly vanished—she...

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges.

Q&A With Futurist Martine Rothblatt
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Q&A With Futurist Martine Rothblatt

In an interview, satellite radio pioneer and futurist Martine Rothblatt says she believes there is little doubt humans will eventually invent ways to create virtual...

Isaac Asimov Mulls 'How Do People Get New Ideas?'
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Isaac Asimov Mulls 'How Do People Get New Ideas?'

In 1959, I worked as a scientist at Allied Research Associates in Boston.

In Conversation Marc Andreessen
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In Conversation Marc Andreessen

It's not hard to coax an opinion out of Marc Andreessen.

To Siri, With Love
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To Siri, With Love

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri.

The Holder of Secrets
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The Holder of Secrets

From the garden terrace of a sixth-floor walkup on a quiet Berlin street, there was a clear view to the TV Tower, in Alexanderplatz.

FBI Director on Privacy, Electronic Surveillance
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FBI Director on Privacy, Electronic Surveillance

James Comey, the director of the FBI, says the Internet is the most dangerous parking lot imaginable.

How Big Data Algorithms See Us—While They Eat Us Up
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How Big Data Algorithms See Us—While They Eat Us Up

Four years ago I interviewed Sam Yagan, then CEO of OKCupid, about the mathematics underlying his free matchmaking site.

Countering Tech's Damaging Effect on Jobs
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Countering Tech's Damaging Effect on Jobs

Advances in information and communications technology are destroying more jobs in advanced economies than the advances are creating. This poses a political challenge...

The Adultery Arms Race
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The Adultery Arms Race

Jay's wife, Ann, was supposed to be out of town on business.

The August Smart Lock Shows Why You Should Stick With Dumb Keys
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The August Smart Lock Shows Why You Should Stick With Dumb Keys

You almost certainly don't need a digital smart lock for your front door.

Why Germans Are Afraid of Google
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Why Germans Are Afraid of Google

These days Germany is known for being many things: a leader in clean technology, a manufacturing powerhouse, Europe's foreign policy center.

Find Out What Your ZIP Code Predicts You'll Buy
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Find Out What Your ZIP Code Predicts You'll Buy

Where you live says a lot about you—and nobody knows that better than marketeers. Now, though, you can take a glimpse at what they know, using this searchable map...

5 Insights from Vint Cerf on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality and More
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5 Insights from Vint Cerf on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality and More

When Vint Cerf, often called the "father of the Internet," is speaking, it's wise to listen.

Google's Schmidt Fires Back Over Encryption
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Google's Schmidt Fires Back Over Encryption

To hear Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt tell it, the U.S. government has only itself to blame for new efforts by Google and Apple Inc. to keep police...

The Myth of the Lone Genius
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The Myth of the Lone Genius

The computer and the Internet are among the most important inventions of our era, but few people know who created them.

Should We Tailor Difficulty of a School Text to Child's Comfort Level or Make Them Sweat?
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Should We Tailor Difficulty of a School Text to Child's Comfort Level or Make Them Sweat?

"A man who traveled from Liberia to visit family members in Texas tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday, marking the outbreak's first diagnosis outside of Africa...

The Planning Machine
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The Planning Machine

In June, 1972, Ángel Parra, Chile’s leading folksinger, wrote a song titled "Litany for a Computer and a Baby About to Be Born."
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