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An NPR Reporter Raced a Machine to Write a News Story. Who Won?
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An NPR Reporter Raced a Machine to Write a News Story. Who Won?

Even the most creative jobs have parts that are pretty routine—tasks that, at least in theory, can be done by a machine. Take, for example, being a reporter.

Java at 20: How it Changed Programming Forever
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Java at 20: How it Changed Programming Forever

Java synthesized sound ideas, repackaging them in a practical format that turned on a generation of coders.

As Congress Haggles Over Patriot Act, We Answer 6 Basic Questions
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As Congress Haggles Over Patriot Act, We Answer 6 Basic Questions

The rest of the month is setting up to be pretty dramatic in the Senate.

An Interview with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith
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An Interview with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith

Recently appointed U.S. CTO Megan Smith discusses her evolving governmental role.

Created Computed Universe
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Created Computed Universe

Computing crosses cosmology and makes the case for agnosticism.

Forgetting Made (Too) Easy
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Forgetting Made (Too) Easy

Considering the implications of digital data removal implementations.

Lazarus Code
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Lazarus Code

No one expects the Spanish Acquisition.

Emergent Innovation
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Emergent Innovation

Fernando Flores, president of Chile's National Innovation Council for Competitiveness, discusses a new common sense about innovation.

Routing Money, Not Packets
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Routing Money, Not Packets

Revisiting network neutrality.

Why Robots Will Always Need Us
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Why Robots Will Always Need Us

"Human beings are ashamed to have been born instead of made," wrote the philosopher Günther Anders in 1956. Our shame has only deepened as our machines have grown...

Hacking the Brain
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Hacking the Brain

The perfectibility of the human mind is a theme that has captured our imagination for centuries—the notion that, with the right tools, the right approach, the right...

How the Battle for the Future of the Web Is Shaped by Economics
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How the Battle for the Future of the Web Is Shaped by Economics

There are two stories people are trying to tell right now about the future of the Internet.

5 Ways We Must Regulate Drones at the U.S. Border
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5 Ways We Must Regulate Drones at the U.S. Border

Border patrol agents have Predator drones at their disposal, and using them has the potential to become a serious breach of privacy — but it also could be a terrific...

Behind the Indie Video Game Sensation that Caught NASA's Attention
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Behind the Indie Video Game Sensation that Caught NASA's Attention

"Here let's zoom in so you can see your Kerbal floating above Kerbin," my boyfriend suggests before hitting the "M" key on his keyboard.

The Culture Wars Invade Science Fiction
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The Culture Wars Invade Science Fiction

Theodore Beale had a big day when the nominations for science fiction's annual Hugo Awards were announced last month: He received two nominations for his editing...

The Failure of Agile
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The Failure of Agile

I am proud to be one of the 17 founders/authors of the The Agile Manifesto back in 2001. But in the 14 years since then, we've lost our way. How did we get into...

Moore's Law Turns 50
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Moore's Law Turns 50

On April 19, 1965, just over 50 years ago, Gordon Moore, then the head of research for Fairchild Semiconductor and later one of the co-founders of Intel, was asked...

New Ways to Crash the Market
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New Ways to Crash the Market

Five years ago, on the afternoon of May 6, 2010, the Dow and the S. & P. fell more than six per cent in a matter of minutes, losing a trillion dollars in value.

The White House Just Snagged One of the Most Valuable Players in the Tech Policy World
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The White House Just Snagged One of the Most Valuable Players in the Tech Policy World

The White House is adding one of the tech policy world's most valuable players to its roster: Princeton Professor Ed Felten.
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