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Imagine a trio of aerobatic aircraft. Over the years they've gotten very good at their routine. But they want to add another five or six or seven members.
Ars recently reviewed two "Tor routers," devices that are supposed to improve your privacy by routing all traffic through the Tor anonymity network. Although the initial release of Anonabox proved woefully insecure, the basic…
Imagine an America where federal, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies cannot access critical communications, even when legally authorized to do so.
People's distress over the privacy of their communications has never been more acute. Whether the fear is over U.S. surveillance or breaches by hackers of unknown origins, many consumers fear that there is no such thing as privacy…
Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law, which I believe to be one of the most important business theorems of the last century.
You walk into your shower and see a spider.
"The future of integrated electronics is the future of electronics itself."
Some people are calling it Mobilegeddon.
Delegates to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons are meeting this week in Geneva to discuss fully autonomous weapons—machines that could decide to kill someone without any human input.
Humans will face their biggest test when computers surpass human intellectual capabilities, according to Masayoshi Son, the billionaire founder and CEO of SoftBank Corp., the Japanese telecommunications and Internet giant. But…
In their new book, Moore's Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley's Quiet Revolutionary, authors Arnold Thackray, David C. Brock and Rachel Jones chronicle the life and career of Intel co-founder and microprocessor prophet…
As the famous telescope turns 25, scientists who worked on the project choose their favourite pictures.
Moore's Law turns 50 years old this Sunday. It may not make it to 60.
It was the middle of the day, and my cell phone rang with a local number I didn't recognize.
The antitrust case against Google filed by European Union regulators on Wednesday will inevitably draw comparisons to the long-running prosecution of Microsoft, in which regulators on both sides of the Atlantic pursued the software…
Kentaro Toyama calls himself "a recovering technoholic"—someone who once was "addicted to a technological way of solving problems."
Like self-replicating machines, robot movies are taking over Hollywood.
Edward Snowden appears to have a thing for the late British conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher. And his obsession may even be clouding his famously paranoid sense of security.
Moore's Law, which states that the number of transistors per integrated circuit will double approximately every 18–24 months, has become the defining metaphor of the modern technological age.
The day that science fiction writers have feared for so long has finally come—the machines have risen up.
Concepcion A. Monje, a researcher in the Robotics Lab at Carlos III University of Madrid, recently discussed the future of robotics and the science fiction film "Automata," in which humanoid robots develop intelligence.
The consumer tech world received a jolt in January when the Wall Street Journal reported that Google executives were freezing all sales of its futuristically goofy wearable device known as Glass and, perhaps as dramatically,…
It is possible, according to many sources, to become invisible, but you must be patient, methodical, and willing to eat almost anything.
Gravity, as the old joke goes, sucks.
Alex Garland has one thought when it comes to the AI revolution: Bring it on.
One of the charms of baseball, which started up again this week, is the exhilarating departure it offers from the noisy bustle of daily life.
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression" was the tagline for a Head & Shoulders shampoo ad campaign in the 1980s. It unfortunately encapsulates how most interviews work.
Philosopher Nick Bostrom says major tech companies are listening to his warnings about artificial intelligence.
Edward Snowden and an unlikely interviewer squared-off on HBO over the leaks that exposed the National Security Agency's extensive surveillance programs.
Thinking about a life coach but not ready to commit to the real thing?
Obituary of F.L. Bauer, German informatics pioneer.
At SIGCSE 2015, five CS educators brought and live-demo'd the low-cost Beowulf clusters they had built for teaching parallel and …
An election in Australia is the latest instance of discovering a security flaw in an online voting system, while it …
Somewhere near Iceland, a new NATO member, Berlya is under …
Imagine a trio of aerobatic aircraft. Over the years they've …
Passwords get hacked—a lot.