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OkCupid's XOXO for Big Surveillance
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OkCupid's XOXO for Big Surveillance

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...

Isaac Asimov Mulls 'How Do People Get New Ideas?'
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Isaac Asimov Mulls 'How Do People Get New Ideas?'

In 1959, I worked as a scientist at Allied Research Associates in Boston.

How Big Data Algorithms See Us—While They Eat Us Up
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How Big Data Algorithms See Us—While They Eat Us Up

Four years ago I interviewed Sam Yagan, then CEO of OKCupid, about the mathematics underlying his free matchmaking site.

Countering Tech's Damaging Effect on Jobs
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Countering Tech's Damaging Effect on Jobs

Advances in information and communications technology are destroying more jobs in advanced economies than the advances are creating. This poses a political challenge...

The Adultery Arms Race
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The Adultery Arms Race

Jay's wife, Ann, was supposed to be out of town on business.

The August Smart Lock Shows Why You Should Stick With Dumb Keys
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The August Smart Lock Shows Why You Should Stick With Dumb Keys

You almost certainly don't need a digital smart lock for your front door.

Why Germans Are Afraid of Google
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Why Germans Are Afraid of Google

These days Germany is known for being many things: a leader in clean technology, a manufacturing powerhouse, Europe's foreign policy center.

Find Out What Your ZIP Code Predicts You'll Buy
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Find Out What Your ZIP Code Predicts You'll Buy

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...

The Myth of the Lone Genius
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The Myth of the Lone Genius

The computer and the Internet are among the most important inventions of our era, but few people know who created them.

Should We Tailor Difficulty of a School Text to Child's Comfort Level or Make Them Sweat?
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Should We Tailor Difficulty of a School Text to Child's Comfort Level or Make Them Sweat?

"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...

The Planning Machine
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The Planning Machine

In June, 1972, Ángel Parra, Chile’s leading folksinger, wrote a song titled "Litany for a Computer and a Baby About to Be Born."

Your Phone Screen Just Won the Nobel Prize in Physics
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Your Phone Screen Just Won the Nobel Prize in Physics

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...

The Fourth Major Era of Computing Kicks In
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The Fourth Major Era of Computing Kicks In

With mobile users now outnumbering desktop users, a new economic cycle has begun.

Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?
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Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?

"This is already so real, I don’t know if I even want to do this anymore," I say out loud.

The NSA and Me
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The NSA and Me

The tone of the answering machine message was routine, like a reminder for a dental appointment. But there was also an undercurrent of urgency.

Every Computer System Can Be Compromised
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Every Computer System Can Be Compromised

Unfortunately, there are many risks inherent in online banking and debit cards.

We Want Privacy, but Can't Stop Sharing
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We Want Privacy, but Can't Stop Sharing

Imagine a world suddenly devoid of doors.

How Humans Could Inhabit the Solar System
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How Humans Could Inhabit the Solar System

With our rising planet's population competing for space and resources, some people are convinced we need to look beyond Earth to help ensure humanity's survival...

The Google Formula for Success
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The Google Formula for Success

Can Google’s winning ways be applied to all kinds of businesses?
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