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Google Bets a Billion Dollars on Twitch
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Google Bets a Billion Dollars on Twitch

Video gaming differentiates itself from the older forms of escapism—literature, theatre, film, television—with interactivity.

How to Invent a Person Online
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How to Invent a Person Online

On April 8, 2013, I received an envelope in the mail from a nonexistent return address in Toledo, Ohio.

How the U.S. Stumbled Into the Drone Era
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How the U.S. Stumbled Into the Drone Era

On Sept. 7, 2000, in the waning days of the Clinton administration, a U.S. Predator drone flew over Afghanistan for the first time.

The Next Big Thing in Hardware: Smart Garbage
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The Next Big Thing in Hardware: Smart Garbage

There's a box on a shelf in my closet stuffed with smart smoke detectors, old smartphones, chargers, battery cases, fitness trackers, a Kindle that I sat on and...

How to Talk About Blowing Things Up in Cyberspace, According to the Military
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How to Talk About Blowing Things Up in Cyberspace, According to the Military

Bombs are relatively simple, when you boil everything down.

The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect
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The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect

Invoke the word autocorrect and most people will think immediately of its hiccups—the sort of hysterical, impossible errors one finds collected on sites like Damn...

Slow Search
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Slow Search

Seeking to enrich the search experience by allowing for extra time and alternate resources.

Researching the Robot Revolution
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Researching the Robot Revolution

Considering a program for cross-disciplinary research between computer scientists and economists studying the effects of computers on work.

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Forked Over

Shortchanged by open source.

Private Then Shared?
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Private Then Shared?

Designing for the mobile phone to shared PC pipeline.

Fostering Computational Literacy in Science Classrooms
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Fostering Computational Literacy in Science Classrooms

An agent-based approach to integrating computing in secondary-school science courses.

Can You Engineer Privacy?
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Can You Engineer Privacy?

The challenges and potential approaches to applying privacy research in engineering practice.

id Shows Off Double-Jumping, Skull-Crushing New Doom at QuakeCon
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id Shows Off Double-Jumping, Skull-Crushing New Doom at QuakeCon

The bad news is that only people who were actually at Dallas' QuakeCon last night were able to see the world-premiere gameplay footage from the next Doom game,...

Bletchley Park's Rebirth and Why It Matters
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Bletchley Park's Rebirth and Why It Matters

Twenty five years ago, the historic World War II codebreaking center Bletchley Park faced demolition.

Calling All Hackers: Help Us Build an Open Wireless Router
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Calling All Hackers: Help Us Build an Open Wireless Router

EFF is releasing an experimental hacker alpha release of wireless router software specifically designed to support secure, shareable Open Wireless networks.

The Future of Robot Caregivers
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The Future of Robot Caregivers

Each time I make a house call, I stay much longer than I should.

Being a Better Online Reader
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Being a Better Online Reader

Soon after Maryanne Wolf published "Proust and the Squid," a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first...

The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future
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The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future

The robots are coming, and they're getting smarter.

Defending the Grand Vision of the Human Brain Project
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Defending the Grand Vision of the Human Brain Project

"A grass roots effort is under way to stop the project... 'Mediocre science, terrible science policy,' begins the spirited letter…"
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