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Calling All Hackers: Help Us Build an Open Wireless Router
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Calling All Hackers: Help Us Build an Open Wireless Router

EFF is releasing an experimental hacker alpha release of wireless router software specifically designed to support secure, shareable Open Wireless networks.

The Future of Robot Caregivers
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The Future of Robot Caregivers

Each time I make a house call, I stay much longer than I should.

Being a Better Online Reader
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Being a Better Online Reader

Soon after Maryanne Wolf published "Proust and the Squid," a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first...

Three Questions for Robotics Inventor Cynthia Breazeal about Social Robots
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Three Questions for Robotics Inventor Cynthia Breazeal about Social Robots

As an academic, Cynthia Breazeal pioneered research into social interaction between humans and robots, developing Kismet, a robot that used facial expressions in...

The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future
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The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future

The robots are coming, and they're getting smarter.

Take a Virtual Voyage Into Darwin's Library
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Take a Virtual Voyage Into Darwin's Library

In his celebrated journey around the world on the HMS Beagle from 1831 to 1836, Charles Darwin collected a plethora of information on the geology, animals, plants...

Defending the Grand Vision of the Human Brain Project
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Defending the Grand Vision of the Human Brain Project

"A grass roots effort is under way to stop the project... 'Mediocre science, terrible science policy,' begins the spirited letter…"

How to Terraform the Moon
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How to Terraform the Moon

Space fans were startled—and perhaps a little skeptical—in May when the Russians announced that they intend to build a manned moon base.

NSA Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach
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NSA Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach

A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says steps have been taken to stop future incidents. But he says there's no way...

Harnessing the Speed of Light
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Harnessing the Speed of Light

The fields of data communication, fabrication, and ultrasound imaging share a common challenge when it comes to improving speed and efficiency: light's diffraction...

The Trouble With Brain Science
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The Trouble With Brain Science

Are we ever going to figure out how the brain works?

How Not to Build a Brain
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How Not to Build a Brain

Building a brain sounds like a worthy goal, one that makes it seem as though the future is within reach.

Early-Universe Explorer Looks for Answers
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Early-Universe Explorer Looks for Answers

On March 17, a panel of four astrophysicists held a press conference at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., to announce that they...

The Oculus Rift Game That's So Real It Nearly Destroyed Me
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The Oculus Rift Game That's So Real It Nearly Destroyed Me

I can hear the alien breathing.

Forget Turing, the Lovelace Test Has a Better Shot at Spotting AI
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Forget Turing, the Lovelace Test Has a Better Shot at Spotting AI

When a chatbot called Eugene Goostman passed Alan Turing's famous measure of machine intelligence in June by posing as a Ukrainian teenager with questionable language...

The Most Annoying Problem in Computing Is Still Unsolved
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The Most Annoying Problem in Computing Is Still Unsolved

When I travel these days, I tend to look like a walking Radio Shack—cords bursting out of my pockets, bag overflowing with chargers and accessories.

Will Computers Ever Replace Teachers?
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Will Computers Ever Replace Teachers?

The classroom looked like a call center.

The Hazards of Probing the Internet's Dark Side
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The Hazards of Probing the Internet's Dark Side

Late last year, hackers breached Target's data security and stole information from millions of credit cards.

Stop Complaining About the Facebook Study. It's a Golden Age for Research
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Stop Complaining About the Facebook Study. It's a Golden Age for Research

Several years ago, my student and I studied anonymous email server data from 40,000 students, faculty and staff at a large university.
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