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How the Smartphone Killed Typing—But Started an AI Revolution
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How the Smartphone Killed Typing—But Started an AI Revolution

Steve Jobs often swam against the tide of prevailing opinion.

Why the Surveillance State Lives On
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Why the Surveillance State Lives On

Once upon a time, Glenn Greenwald was a lonely voice in the blogging wilderness, and Edward Snowden was an isolated functionary at the heart of the American national...

Automation Makes Us Dumb
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Automation Makes Us Dumb

Artificial intelligence has arrived.

When Fitbit Is the Expert Witness
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When Fitbit Is the Expert Witness

Self-tracking using a wearable device can be fascinating. It can drive you to exercise more, make you reflect on how much (or little) you sleep, and help you...

Uber, a Start-Up Going So Fast It Could Miss a Turn
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Uber, a Start-Up Going So Fast It Could Miss a Turn

In just four years of operation, Uber has ignited a new global ride-sharing industry with the promise of transforming urban transportation and helping many people...

The Simple Question Nobody's Asking About Net Neutrality
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The Simple Question Nobody's Asking About Net Neutrality

President Obama rattled the internet this week when he unloaded his opinion on net neutrality, the notion that all internet traffic should be treated equally.

Reasons to Land on a Comet: What the Rosetta Mission Can Learn
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Reasons to Land on a Comet: What the Rosetta Mission Can Learn

After a journey that took more than a decade, the world is scheduled to witness a first when the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission attempts to land a small...

Why We're All Beta Testers Now
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Why We're All Beta Testers Now

I taught a class a few years ago at Columbia Business School called "What Makes a Hit a Hit—and a Flop a Flop."

These Are 3 Breakthrough Science Ideas You'll Be Talking About in 2015
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These Are 3 Breakthrough Science Ideas You'll Be Talking About in 2015

For anyone who has ever said that all the STEM professions need is something to make them "cool" in order to attract more young people, look no further than ...

A Sad Fact of Life: It's Actually Smart to Be Mean Online
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A Sad Fact of Life: It's Actually Smart to Be Mean Online

I'm generally upbeat on Twitter. Many of my posts are enthusiastic blurts about science or research in which I use way too many exclamation points!!

Will MOOCs Be Flukes?
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Will MOOCs Be Flukes?

On July 23rd, 1969, Geoffrey Crowther addressed the inaugural meeting of the Open University, a British institution that had just been created to provide an alternative...

North Korea: Surfing the Net in the World's Most Isolated Nation
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North Korea: Surfing the Net in the World's Most Isolated Nation

What's the point of a computer in a hermit country sealed off from the internet?

Artificial Intelligence as a Threat
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Artificial Intelligence as a Threat

Ebola sounds like the stuff of nightmares. Bird flu and SARS also send shivers down my spine.

Invasion of the Data Snatchers
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Invasion of the Data Snatchers

New technologies are making it easier for private companies and the government to learn about everything we do—in our homes, in our cars, in stores, and within...

The Surreal Task of Landing on a Comet
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The Surreal Task of Landing on a Comet

On November 12th 2014 the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will eject the small robotic lander Philae on a trajectory that should take it down to the surface...

The Web Is a Terrorist's Command-and-Control Network of Choice
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The Web Is a Terrorist's Command-and-Control Network of Choice

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) is the first terrorist group whose members have grown up on the internet.

Human Spaceflight: Find Asteroids to Get to Mars
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Human Spaceflight: Find Asteroids to Get to Mars

Interplanetary flight is the next giant leap for humans in space. Yet consensus on even the smallest steps forward has proven elusive.

Demystifying the MOOC
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Demystifying the MOOC

When massive open online courses first grabbed the spotlight in 2011, many saw in them promise of a revolutionary force that would disrupt traditional higher education...

Why All Employees Must Learn to Code
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Why All Employees Must Learn to Code

The most important technological skill for all employees is being able to code.
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