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Singularity or Transhumanism: What Word Should We Use to Discuss the Future?
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Singularity or Transhumanism: What Word Should We Use to Discuss the Future?

Singularity. Posthuman. Techno-Optimism, Cyborgism. Humanity+. Immortalist. Machine intelligence. Biohacker. Robotopia. Life extension. Transhumanism.

The History Inside Us
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The History Inside Us

Every day our DNA breaks a little. Special enzymes keep our genome intact while we're alive, but after death, once the oxygen runs out, there is no more repair.

Why Big Data Has Some Big Problems When It Comes to Public Policy
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Why Big Data Has Some Big Problems When It Comes to Public Policy

For all the talk about using big data and data science to solve the world’s problems—and even all the talk about big data as one of the world’s problems—it seems...

In Praise of Efficient Price Gouging
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In Praise of Efficient Price Gouging

In the four years since the car service Uber launched, it has been beset by criticism from myriad groups, including city officials annoyed by its sometimes cavalier...

A Unified Theory
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A Unified Theory

For the last half-century we've had a popular notion that our intellectual culture is sundered in two—the literary and the scientific.

Soft Infrastructure Challenges to Scientific Knowledge Discovery
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Soft Infrastructure Challenges to Scientific Knowledge Discovery

Seeking to overcome nontechnical challenges to the scientific enterprise.

Exploratory Engineering in Artificial Intelligence
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Exploratory Engineering in Artificial Intelligence

Using theoretical models to plan for AI safety.

Learning for the New Digital Age
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Learning for the New Digital Age

Digital machines are automating knowledge work at an accelerating pace. How shall we learn and stay relevant?

We Have Never Been Digital
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We Have Never Been Digital

Reflections on the intersection of computing and the humanities.

The New Editors of the Internet
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The New Editors of the Internet

Bowing to their better civic natures, and the pleas of James Foley's family, Twitter and YouTube have pulled down videos and photos of his murder.

Accountability in Future Internet Architectures
From Communications of the ACM

Accountability in Future Internet Architectures

Can technical and legal aspects be happily intertwined?

How to Save the Net: Keep It Open
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How to Save the Net: Keep It Open

For all of its history, the Internet has enjoyed the fruits of an openness principle: the idea that anyone can reach any site online and that information and data...

Anatomy of an Air Strike: Three Intelligence Streams Working in Concert
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Anatomy of an Air Strike: Three Intelligence Streams Working in Concert

In a fast-moving war with an elusive foe like the Islamic State militants, information is as important as guns, jet fighters and bombs.

Police Cameras Can Shed Light, but Raise Privacy Concerns
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Police Cameras Can Shed Light, but Raise Privacy Concerns

Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot during an encounter with police in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, was recorded by a convenience store surveillance camera...

James Foley: Extremists Battle with Social Media
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James Foley: Extremists Battle with Social Media

Just as Islamic State (IS) has swept across Iraq, so too has it swarmed over social media—using the platform with a sophistication never before witnessed in this...

Could Google Glass Ruin Your Memory?
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Could Google Glass Ruin Your Memory?

We’ve all done it: We’re at an event, we take a bunch of photos with our phones, we take a selfie and maybe one with a friend, we post all the images online,...

How to Save the Net: Don’t Give In to Big ISPs
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How to Save the Net: Don’t Give In to Big ISPs

The Internet has already changed how we live and work, and we're only just getting started. Who'd have thought even five years ago that people would be streaming...

Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet
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Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet

All these people are trying to kill email.

Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now

A growing stack of companies would like you to pay a monthly fee to read e-books, just like you subscribe to Netflix to binge on movies and TV shows.

Beyond Classic Brain Illustrations That Make Us Drool
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Beyond Classic Brain Illustrations That Make Us Drool

I threw down a bit of a challenge last month at the Association of Medical Illustrators Conference in Minnesota.
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