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This year's breakthrough captured the public's imagination with a series of hard-won pictures, beamed to Earth from a place beyond Mars.
Earlier this month, a mysterious group that calls itself Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer systems and began revealing many of the Hollywood studio’s best-kept secrets, from details about unreleased…
This month's news provides yet another occasion for a friendly public-service reminder to anyone who uses a digital device to say anything to anyone, ever.
The Sony Pictures hack is important, and the Sony Pictures hack is terrifying.
Space is big. Really big. And not just in terms of the mind-boggingly vast distances between the stars and planets out there in the Universe at large.
"The thing to keep in mind," William Gibson tells me when we meet in the quiet lounge of a Victorian-style hotel in Chicago, "is that I’m not actually predicting the future. I'm generating scenarios."
Patent trolls: They're a huge suck on the economy, eating up untold millions in legal fees and deliberately suing innocent companies just because they're flush with cash.
Long gone are the leather jackets, goggles, and silk scarves flung over the shoulders of aviators who wrestled with flight controls, furiously scanned instruments, and navigated using paper charts.
What are the elements of the Turing test?
A few years ago, the most enthusiastic advocates of MOOCs believed that these "massive open online courses" stood poised to overturn the century-old model of higher education.
Does artificial intelligence threaten our species, as the cosmologist Stephen Hawking recently suggested?
The MIT Media Lab's Personal Robots Group flanks the soaring atrium on the fourth floor of the Wiesner Building, a wall of metal panels along the southern edge of Cambridge, Mass.
I'm an artificial-intelligence skeptic.
The robots are no longer coming; they are here. And the law's response has been lacking. What is the best approach for integrating this transformative technology? We need a federal agency to help figure it out.
The inventor of the World Wide Web said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was incorrect when he alleged the Internet was a project created by U.S. spies in the Central Intelligence Agency.
Science is full of mind-blowing and counterintuitive concepts.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk worries it is "potentially more dangerous than nukes."
In the popular telling, the dawn of personal computing begins in the summer of 1976, when Steve Wozniak showed off the Apple I at a meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club in Silicon Valley.
It's 2020, bitter cold outside, you’re running late for work, and the Linux box that controls your car isn't going to start unless you wire $20 worth of Bitcoin to an increasingly business-like criminal enterprise operating out…
Where now it stands the Plain of Gold did once my river flow.
Even if you're a devoted fan of video games, there's a decent chance you're not familiar with the name Ralph H. Baer.
Year-end technology prediction lists can be dull fodder devoted to pie-in-the-sky concepts, outlandish marketing claims or rehashes of familiar trends.
When I heard that Albert Einstein's papers were going to be published free online, I was thrilled—at least initially.
On a sunny afternoon in May, 2009, seven astronauts strapped themselves into the space shuttle Atlantis and rocketed toward the heavens.
Machine learning—an area of AI focusing on systems that "learn" from data in order to navigate future similar scenarios—is one of the ways we’ve managed to give systems like search the ability to make sense of our analog world…
In September of last year, Chinese authorities announced an unorthodox standard to help them decide whether to punish people for posting online comments that are false, defamatory, or otherwise harmful: Was a message popular…
Recent attempts by the EU Parliament to censure and control Google's activities are misguided and possibly politically motivated, according to IMD Professor Michael Wade.
The robots will rise, we're told.
"We found that people were searching for squirrels just to favorite them, just to click 'like.' And the same with buses."
Why is our community having such an anemic response to all of these major data breaches? What can we do …
One of the themes at SC14 was the tension between developing programs that run fast vs. the time required by …
A rethinking of how best to analyze data on women's undergraduate degrees in STEM disciplines.
If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won't …
The European Space Agency's orbiting Rosetta spacecraft is expected to …
The U.K. government launched a £6 billion Science and Innovation …