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Congress Starts to Get Serious About Online Privacy
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Congress Starts to Get Serious About Online Privacy

Congress could soon vote on a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to get a search warrant from a judge to obtain emails, photographs and other documents...

To Keep AI Safe—Use AI
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To Keep AI Safe—Use AI

Software is already pervasive in our society, but artificial intelligence software raises unique concerns even among the technological elite.

The Embarrassing, Destructive Fight over Biotech's Big Breakthrough
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The Embarrassing, Destructive Fight over Biotech's Big Breakthrough

A defining moment in modern biology occurred on July 24, 1978, when biotechnology pioneer Robert Swanson, who had recently co-founded Genentech, brought two young...

AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next
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AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next

Yesterday, the 46-year-old Google veteran who oversees its search engine, Amit Singhal, announced his retirement. And in short order, Google revealed that Singhal's...

Crosstown Traffic: The Bedbug Genome
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Crosstown Traffic: The Bedbug Genome

In the great contest that is life, the common bedbug, Cimex lectularius, qualifies as a winner.

When Will We Be Able to Vote Online?
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When Will We Be Able to Vote Online?

Sooner or later everything seems to go online. Newspapers. TV. Radio. Shopping. Banking. Dating.

The Step Needed to Make Virtual Reality More Real
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The Step Needed to Make Virtual Reality More Real

It's one thing to play the arcade game Whac-A-Mole by swinging around an oversized mallet; it's far easier to whack those moles virtually, controlling the mallet...

Proposed State Bans on Phone Encryption Make Zero Sense
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Proposed State Bans on Phone Encryption Make Zero Sense

American politics has long accepted the strange notion that just a pair of states—namely Iowa and New Hampshire—get an outsize vote in choosing America’s next president...

There May Be a Way to Allow Mass Surveillance and Preserve Our Privacy at the Same Time
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There May Be a Way to Allow Mass Surveillance and Preserve Our Privacy at the Same Time

If we've learned anything over the past few years, it's that governments will make all sorts of excuses to justify the surveillance of its citizens.

The Language Barrier Is About to Fall
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The Language Barrier Is About to Fall

It used to be the case when I traveled abroad that I would take a little pocket dictionary that provided translations for commonly used phrases and words.

Digital Intuition
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Digital Intuition

Napoleon had it and so did Charles Darwin. Tennis champion Roger Federer has it in spades. The dictionary defines intuition as knowledge obtained without conscious...

Is Blockchain the Most Important IT Invention of Our Age?
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Is Blockchain the Most Important IT Invention of Our Age?

There are not many occasions when one can give an unqualified thumbs-up to something the government does, but this is one such occasion.

If Killer Robots Arrive, the Terminator Will Be the Least of Our Problems
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If Killer Robots Arrive, the Terminator Will Be the Least of Our Problems

Autonomous weapons experts sounded the alarm last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, cautioning that unless governments act to limit these...

To Make AI More Human, Teach It to Chitchat
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To Make AI More Human, Teach It to Chitchat

Tom was discussing the film star Tang Wei with a chatbot named XiaoIce, and the bot was excited: "A goddess! She stole my heart … and then went off and married!"...

Power Wars: How Obama Justified, Expanded Bush-Era Surveillance
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Power Wars: How Obama Justified, Expanded Bush-Era Surveillance

Over the winter holidays, I took some well-needed time offline, away from e-mail and social media.

PSA: Do Not Use the New Prime Number for RSA Encryption
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PSA: Do Not Use the New Prime Number for RSA Encryption

You may have heard that there’s a new largest prime number in town.

Having a Conversation About Bulk Surveillance
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Having a Conversation About Bulk Surveillance

Considering a controversial subject that extends far beyond the collection of phone metadata.

Lessons from the Tech Transfer Trenches
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Lessons from the Tech Transfer Trenches

Moving from the research realm to real-world business application.

Code Hoarding
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Code Hoarding

Committing to commits, and the beauty of summarizing graphs.
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