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To Pi and Beyond
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To Pi and Beyond

Possibly not everyone knows that March 14th is Pi Day, in honor of the symbol used to denote the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

'Brutal Doom' Makes One of the Best Games Ever Made Even Better
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'Brutal Doom' Makes One of the Best Games Ever Made Even Better

I still measure every first-person shooter that's released today against the two decades-old Doom, or, more accurately, my memory of playing it as a tween.

Teaching Robots to Be Moral
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Teaching Robots to Be Moral

"Chappie," the highest-grossing movie in America last weekend, is, to put it mildly, not a great film; the critics have given it a twenty-nine on Rotten Tomatoes...

Don't Edit the Human Germ Line
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Don't Edit the Human Germ Line

It is thought that studies involving the use of genome-editing tools to modify the DNA of human embryos will be published shortly.

The Disastrous Events That Would Break the Internet
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The Disastrous Events That Would Break the Internet

The Internet is unbreakable. At least, we think it is.

Finding Out What the Past Smelled Like
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Finding Out What the Past Smelled Like

It was the smell that hit me first, a heady mixture of roasting meat, woodsmoke, and farmyard manure.

How Apple's Embrace of the New USB Points to World Without Wires
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How Apple's Embrace of the New USB Points to World Without Wires

Ready or not, Apple's new MacBook is cutting the computing industry's cables.

The 12 Tech Nuisances That Annoy Us Most
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The 12 Tech Nuisances That Annoy Us Most

You know those days when your phone battery doesn't even make it to dinner?

If an Algorithm Wrote This, How Would You Even Know?
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If an Algorithm Wrote This, How Would You Even Know?

Let me hazard a guess that you think a real person has written what you're reading. Maybe you're right. Maybe not.

Here's What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official
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Here's What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official

Three years ago, technology was going to transform higher education. What happened?

Year Zero: Our Life Timelines Begin
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Year Zero: Our Life Timelines Begin

In 10 years, every human connected to the Internet will have a timeline.

How to Restore Trust in American Technology
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How to Restore Trust in American Technology

Last November in the town of Wuzhen, China hosted its first large international summit on Internet governance and cybersecurity.

Get Creative at Your Desk With a Little Playtime
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Get Creative at Your Desk With a Little Playtime

Playing with a geometric puzzle or stress ball at your desk can seem like idle diversion. It may also spark clearer or more creative thinking.

Are Your Devices Hardwired for Betrayal?
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Are Your Devices Hardwired for Betrayal?

It's an interesting time to be a computer security researcher.

The Easiest Way to Get Hacked: Use Phone at Phone Show
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The Easiest Way to Get Hacked: Use Phone at Phone Show


After Net Neutrality Vote, an Uncertain Future for the Internet
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After Net Neutrality Vote, an Uncertain Future for the Internet

Thursday, during a rancorous meeting of the Federal Communications Commission, the agencyvoted 3-2 to impose public utility regulations on Internet access providers...

The World Loves the Smartphone. So How About a Smart Home?
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The World Loves the Smartphone. So How About a Smart Home?

My coffee maker is texting me again. It's scheduled to make coffee tomorrow, the message says, but I need to refill its water tank.

Why Everyone Was Wrong About Net Neutrality
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Why Everyone Was Wrong About Net Neutrality

Today, the Federal Communications Commission, by a vote of three to two, enacted its strongest-ever rules on net neutrality, preserving an open Internet by prohibiting...

Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots
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Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots

Robots are becoming more of a reality in everyday life, and movies have started to overhaul their depiction of them. They're gentler, friendlier, and often better...

Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections
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Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections

Someone who knows things about us has some measure of control over us, and someone who knows everything about us has a lot of control over us.
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