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AI Will Not Kill Us, Says Microsoft Research Chief
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AI Will Not Kill Us, Says Microsoft Research Chief

Microsoft Research's chief has said he thinks artificial intelligence systems could achieve consciousness, but has played down the threat to human life.

In Defense of Soundiness
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In Defense of Soundiness: A Manifesto

Soundy is the new sound.

Do-It-Yourself Textbook Publishing
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Do-It-Yourself Textbook Publishing

Comparing experiences publishing textbooks using traditional publishers and do-it-yourself methods.

Too Big to Fail
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Too Big to Fail

Visibility leads to debuggability.

Putting the Computer Science in Computing Education Research
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Putting the Computer Science in Computing Education Research

Investing in computing education research to transform computer science education.

Far-Sighted Thinking about Deleterious Computer-Related Events
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Far-Sighted Thinking about Deleterious Computer-Related Events

Considerably more anticipation is needed for what might seriously go wrong.

Three Paradoxes of Building Platforms
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Three Paradoxes of Building Platforms

Insights into creating China's Taobao online marketplace ecosystem.

We Need a Building Code for Building Code
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We Need a Building Code for Building Code

A proposal for a framework for code requirements addressing primary sources of vulnerabilities for building systems.

3 Questions: Dara Entekhabi on NASA's Soil-Moisture Mission
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3 Questions: Dara Entekhabi on NASA's Soil-Moisture Mission

Dara Entekhabi, an MIT professor of civil and environmental engineering and of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, is the science team leader of NASA's ...

Andreessen Horowitz Reveals the 16 Trends It's Closely Watching
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Andreessen Horowitz Reveals the 16 Trends It's Closely Watching

It's hard to predict what startups Andreessen Horowitz wants to get behind.

Bitcoin and the Digital-Currency Revolution
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Bitcoin and the Digital-Currency Revolution

About a half-billion dollars worth of it vanished from an online exchange in Tokyo.

A Graphene Discoverer Speculates on the Future of Computing
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A Graphene Discoverer Speculates on the Future of Computing

In 2010 two physicists at Manchester University in the U.K. shared a Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on a new wonder material: graphene, a flat sheet of carbon...

Microsoft HoloLens: A Sensational Vision of the PC's Future
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Microsoft HoloLens: A Sensational Vision of the PC's Future

It's generally wise to take demonstrations of new technologies with a grain of salt.

How the Home Telephone Sparked the User-Centered Design Revolution
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How the Home Telephone Sparked the User-Centered Design Revolution

Have you ever thought about why doorknobs are positioned at around two-fifths of the door's height, instead of right in the middle? Or why a washing machine is...

Hands-On With Microsoft's Unbelievable New Holographic Goggles
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Hands-On With Microsoft's Unbelievable New Holographic Goggles

It's the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of rain are just beginning to let up.

Will Autocomplete Make You Too Predictable?
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Will Autocomplete Make You Too Predictable?

Do you know what you really want?

Ex Machina: Quest to Create an AI Takes No Prisoners
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Ex Machina: Quest to Create an AI Takes No Prisoners

It's a rare thing to see a movie about science that takes no prisoners intellectually.

A Retreat for Google Glass and a Case Study in the Perils of Making Hardware
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A Retreat for Google Glass and a Case Study in the Perils of Making Hardware

You won't have Glass to kick around anymore. At least not for a while.

'Soft' Artificial Intelligence Is Suddenly Everywhere
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'Soft' Artificial Intelligence Is Suddenly Everywhere

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