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Texting and Driving Isn't a Millennial Problem. It's an Engineering Problem
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Texting and Driving Isn't a Millennial Problem. It's an Engineering Problem

Millennials love their smartphones and refuse to drive without them. No amount of fist shaking or age shaming will fix this problem. Banishing distracted driving...

Who Will Be Hurt – and Helped – If U.S. Tech Industry Can't Hire the World's Best Talent?
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Who Will Be Hurt – and Helped – If U.S. Tech Industry Can't Hire the World's Best Talent?

The H-1B visa program is a major contributor to U.S. economic growth but is quite bad for domestic computer scientists, according to recently published research...

Congress Could Make Self-Driving Cars Happen — or Ruin Everything
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Congress Could Make Self-Driving Cars Happen — or Ruin Everything

Congress can address all open questions about robocar technologies and ensure they succeed. Or they can screw it all up.

Will Algorithms Erode Our Decision-Making Skills?
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Will Algorithms Erode Our Decision-Making Skills?

Algorithms are embedded into our technological lives, helping accomplish a variety of tasks like making sure that email makes it to your aunt or that you're matched...

'Drone Bees' Are Comically Inept, Expensive and Dangerous to Real Bees
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'Drone Bees' Are Comically Inept, Expensive and Dangerous to Real Bees

Bees are in decline in many areas.

The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class
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The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class

In February 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end of the world...

What If the Internet Stopped Working for a Day?
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What If the Internet Stopped Working for a Day?

Jeff Hancock likes to give his Stanford University students weekend assignments that let them experience concepts discussed in class for themselves.

Why Silicon Valley Wouldn't Work Without Immigrants
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Why Silicon Valley Wouldn't Work Without Immigrants

People in tech see something cataclysmic in Mr. Trump executive order barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries: the end of America's standing as...

Lady Gaga's Halftime Show Drones Have a Bright Future
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Lady Gaga's Halftime Show Drones Have a Bright Future

The best Super Bowl halftime shows leave indelible memories, be it a notorious wardrobe malfunction, that goofy Left Shark, or every last second of Beyoncé's two...

Why Bill Belichick Cast Down His Tablet
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Why Bill Belichick Cast Down His Tablet

As the New England Patriots' 10th appearance in a Super Bowl approaches, sports fans are eager to see the legendary pairing of quarterback Tom Brady and head coach...

How Trump's Immigration Rules Will Hurt the U.S. Tech Sector
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How Trump's Immigration Rules Will Hurt the U.S. Tech Sector

When President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday issuing a temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, it went into effect...

Police Could Get Your Location Data Without a Warrant. That Has to End
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Police Could Get Your Location Data Without a Warrant. That Has to End

The more we rely on technology, the more detailed a technological footprint we leave behind.

Peer Review Has Its Shortcomings, But AI Is a Risky Fix
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Peer Review Has Its Shortcomings, But AI Is a Risky Fix

We should think twice before allowing autonomous AI systems to decide what research warrants publication.

Reality Bites: Learning the Future of V.R. at Sundance
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Reality Bites: Learning the Future of V.R. at Sundance

Standing in a pink desert landscape, I looked down and realized I'd become a robot, with skinny metal legs and pincers for hands.

Explaining the Upside and Downside of D-Wave's New Quantum Computer
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Explaining the Upside and Downside of D-Wave's New Quantum Computer

D-Wave, a company based in British Columbia, has announced a new version of its quantum annealer: the D-Wave 2000Q. As the name suggests, the number of bits has...

Stop Scapegoating, Start Educating
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Stop Scapegoating, Start Educating

As we look ahead to the Trump presidency, instead of scapegoating, we need significant investments in a sustainable education strategy that prepares youths to effectively...

The Ultimate Cure for the Fake-News Epidemic Will Be More Skeptical Readers
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The Ultimate Cure for the Fake-News Epidemic Will Be More Skeptical Readers

"Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President." "FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead of Apparent Murder-Suicide." "Rush Reveals...

We Rely on the Government for Lots of Data. What Happens to That in the Trump Era of 'Alternative Facts'?
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We Rely on the Government for Lots of Data. What Happens to That in the Trump Era of 'Alternative Facts'?

During the first 24 hours of the Trump administration, the new White House took a clear, firm stand against publicly available information.

Fake Think Tanks Fuel Fake News, And the President's Tweets
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Fake Think Tanks Fuel Fake News, And the President's Tweets

Fake news isn't just Macedonian teenagers or internet trolls.
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