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Would you share your innermost secret with a robot?
William Gibson lives in an overwhelmingly green suburb with old-money roots south of Vancouver's downtown, and it is in this suburb that I am currently wandering, looking for William Gibson.
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 asks, "Did he leave anything more significant than the loud…
The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges.
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 people and fully digital consciousnesses.
Christian Rudder is a good writer—so good, in fact, it's easy for readers of Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) to be smitten by his engaging and funny stories.
In 1959, I worked as a scientist at Allied Research Associates in Boston.
It's not hard to coax an opinion out of Marc Andreessen.
Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri.
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.
James Comey, the director of the FBI, says the Internet is the most dangerous parking lot imaginable.
Four years ago I interviewed Sam Yagan, then CEO of OKCupid, about the mathematics underlying his free matchmaking site.
Advances in information and communications technology are destroying more jobs in advanced economies than the advances are creating. This poses a political challenge for governments throughout the developed world.
Jay's wife, Ann, was supposed to be out of town on business.
You almost certainly don't need a digital smart lock for your front door.
These days Germany is known for being many things: a leader in clean technology, a manufacturing powerhouse, Europe's foreign policy center.
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 built by software company Esri.
When Vint Cerf, often called the "father of the Internet," is speaking, it's wise to listen.
The computer and the Internet are among the most important inventions of our era, but few people know who created them.
"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, health officials said."
In June, 1972, Ángel Parra, Chile’s leading folksinger, wrote a song titled "Litany for a Computer and a Baby About to Be Born."
You've probably got the fruits of this year’s Nobel laureates' handiwork in your pocket. In fact, if you're reading this on your phone or a relatively recent flat-screen monitor, you're more than likely staring at some of them…
With mobile users now outnumbering desktop users, a new economic cycle has begun.
"This is already so real, I don’t know if I even want to do this anymore," I say out loud.
The tone of the answering machine message was routine, like a reminder for a dental appointment. But there was also an undercurrent of urgency.
The story of how the digital age came to be involves a cast of more than 40 people, ranging from a 19th century English countess to California hippies.
Intel's Edison chip has been launched in a rocket, floated in a weather balloon, fitted into a futuristic light-emitting dress and used to power a dancing robot spider.
Imagine a world suddenly devoid of doors.
Unfortunately, there are many risks inherent in online banking and debit cards.
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Thoughts about Satya Nadella's comments at the Grace Hopper Conference.
Way more important than the question "Is P==NP?" is the question, "Is teaching greater than genetics?"
The bizarre behaviour of the quantum world—with objects existing in …
Amin Rigi says drones should be used to save lives …
Robotics scientists nationwide are pondering an intriguing possibility: Might robotic …