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Sean Parker: Philanthropy for Hackers
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Sean Parker: Philanthropy for Hackers

In the past several decades, there has been a monumental shift in the distribution of wealth on the planet.

Does a Multiverse Fermi Paradox Disprove the Multiverse?
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Does a Multiverse Fermi Paradox Disprove the Multiverse?

Having just orbited our way through another summer solstice, it feels like time to let slip some more speculative ideas before the hot days of the northern hemisphere...

That Time the CIA Bugged a Cat to Spy on the Soviets
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That Time the CIA Bugged a Cat to Spy on the Soviets

My favorite story about American spying is one I've never been able to verify with the Central Intelligence Agency, and not for lack of trying.

Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?
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Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?

The gearheads in Detroit, Tokyo, and Stuttgart have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Even the Google guys seem to have solved the riddle.

The Future of Computer Science and Engineering is in Your Hands
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The Future of Computer Science and Engineering is in Your Hands

How government service can profoundly influence computer science research and education.

African Americans in the U.S. Computing Sciences Workforce
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African Americans in the U.S. Computing Sciences Workforce

An exploration of the education-to-work pipeline.

An Updated Software Almanac
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An Updated Software Almanac

Research into what makes software projects succeed.

Preserving the Digital Record of Computing History
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Preserving the Digital Record of Computing History

Reflecting on the complexities associated with maintaining rapidly changing information technology.

Respecting People and Respecting Privacy
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Respecting People and Respecting Privacy

Minimizing data collection to protect user privacy and increase security.

Anti-Circumvention Rules Limit Reverse Engineering
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Anti-Circumvention Rules Limit Reverse Engineering

Considering some of the requested exceptions to technical protection mechanisms.

Humans Are Tech's Next Big Thing—And That Could Be Risky
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Humans Are Tech's Next Big Thing—And That Could Be Risky

Internet companies make billions of dollars by capturing one of the world's most precious commodities: your attention.

A Social Network for Talkers
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A Social Network for Talkers

No group needs social network software more than the elderly.

Is Facial Recognition Tech Really a Threat to Privacy?
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Is Facial Recognition Tech Really a Threat to Privacy?

Facebook has decided not to offer its photo-sharing app Moments in Europe because of regulator concerns over its facial recognition technology.

The Moment I Decided Robots Were As Interesting As Humans
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The Moment I Decided Robots Were As Interesting As Humans

When I was little, I was enamored with the idea of being a pioneer; I was drawn to the thought that I could be the first to do something—be a trailblazer, the forerunner...

Intelligent Life in the Universe? Phone Home, Dammit!
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Intelligent Life in the Universe? Phone Home, Dammit!

We've been conditioned by television and movies to accept the likelihood of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.

Beware the Listening Machines
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Beware the Listening Machines

One of my great pleasures in life is attending conferences on fields I'm intrigued by, but know nothing about.

The Latest Oculus Headset Made Me Want to Throw Up. In a Good Way.
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The Latest Oculus Headset Made Me Want to Throw Up. In a Good Way.

Virtual reality and its viability as a consumer technology is a huge theme at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, a Los Angeles convention for the video...

Fixating on Exascale Performance Only Is a Bad Idea
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Fixating on Exascale Performance Only Is a Bad Idea

A concentration on realizing exascale computing performance to the exclusion of all else will not address the grand societal and scientific challenges, according...

How the Astros Baseball Hack Explains Chinese Cyberespionage
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How the Astros Baseball Hack Explains Chinese Cyberespionage

Two major cybersecurity scandals are currently making headlines: One is the hack of an internal network belonging to a Major League Baseball team, allegedly bya...
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