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2017 Sneak Peek: What the New Year Holds for Science
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2017 Sneak Peek: What the New Year Holds for Science

If the United States pulls back on its climate commitments as president-elect Donald Trump has promised, China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases,...

Building Jarvis
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Building Jarvis

My personal challenge for 2016 was to build a simple AI to run my home—like Jarvis in Iron Man.

Dear Mr. Trump: To 'Cyber' Better, Try the Blockchain
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Dear Mr. Trump: To 'Cyber' Better, Try the Blockchain

A massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack took several high-profile websites—Twitter, Amazon, the New York Times, even WIRED—offline in October.

Effects of International Trafficking in Arms Regulations Changes
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Effects of International Trafficking in Arms Regulations Changes

Considering the impact of recent ITAR changes to the U.S. software industry and software education.

Artificial Intelligence
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Artificial Intelligence: Think Again

Social and cultural conventions are an often-neglected aspect of intelligent-machine development.

Colossal Genius
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Colossal Genius: Tutte, Flowers, and a Bad Imitation of Turing

Reflections on pioneering code-breaking efforts.

Why Less Is More When It Comes to Internet Jurisdiction
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Why Less Is More When It Comes to Internet Jurisdiction

Considering legal uncertainty in the online environment.

Is Google's Alphabet a Good Bet?
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Is Google's Alphabet a Good Bet?

A relatively simple query raises myriad complicated issues.

The Internet Is Broken. Starting from Scratch, Here's How I'd Fix It.
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The Internet Is Broken. Starting from Scratch, Here's How I'd Fix It.

My big idea is that we have to fix the Internet.

A World of Surveillance Doesn't Always Help to Catch a Thief
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A World of Surveillance Doesn't Always Help to Catch a Thief

Earlier this year, I had a beer in one of the more budget-conscious bars in the Mission district. My wallet stayed a little later than I did.

If Only AI Could Save Us from Ourselves
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If Only AI Could Save Us from Ourselves

Humans have broken the Internet.

If We Made Contact with Aliens, How Would Religions React?
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If We Made Contact with Aliens, How Would Religions React?

In 2014, Nasa awarded $1.1M to the Center for Theological Inquiry, an ecumenical research institute in New Jersey, to study “the societal implications of astrobiology”...

Artificial Intelligence Has a Big Year Ahead
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Artificial Intelligence Has a Big Year Ahead

Get ready for AI to show up where you'd least expect it.

Where Will NASA Go in the Age of Trump?
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Where Will NASA Go in the Age of Trump?

Two weeks after a presidential election that could have vaulted him to the head of NASA, John Grunsfeld reached across his peanut curry at a small restaurant on...

Cybersecurity's Next Phase: Cyber-Deterrence
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Cybersecurity's Next Phase: Cyber-Deterrence

Cyberattackers pose many threats to a wide range of targets. Russia, for example, was accused of hacking Democratic Party computers throughout the year, interfering...

Three Touchy Questions for Tech Leaders to Ask Trump
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Three Touchy Questions for Tech Leaders to Ask Trump

Few in the technology sector besides Peter Thiel had much love for Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.

Trump Ignoring US Intelligence Creates Risks Beyond Russian Hacking
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Trump Ignoring US Intelligence Creates Risks Beyond Russian Hacking

Observers and alumni of America's intelligence community have already fretted over Donald Trump's impending control of the world's most powerful spy agencies.

Two Friends Who Changed How We Think About How We Think
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Two Friends Who Changed How We Think About How We Think

In 2003, we reviewed "Moneyball," Michael Lewis's book about Billy Beane and the Oakland A's

The Cynical Gambit to Make 'Fake News' Meaningless
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The Cynical Gambit to Make 'Fake News' Meaningless

For a term that is suddenly everywhere, "fake news" is fairly slippery.

The Gadget Apocalypse Is Upon Us
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The Gadget Apocalypse Is Upon Us

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