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Women in Big Data: Does Gender Matter?
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Women in Big Data: Does Gender Matter?

Is it such a bad thing that women are underrepresented in tech and big data?

NASA's Bold Bet on Juno Will Pay Off. Stay Tuned.
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NASA's Bold Bet on Juno Will Pay Off. Stay Tuned.

Memory-foam mattresses. The breathing devices firefighters wear. And infrared ear thermometers that give near-instant readings.

Lessons From the Tesla Crash
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Lessons From the Tesla Crash

A recent fatal crash in Florida involving a Tesla Model S is an example of how a new technology designed to make cars safer could, in some cases, make them more...

Stuxnet the Movie: The U.S. Has Pwned Iran
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Stuxnet the Movie: The U.S. Has Pwned Iran

The new documentary about Stuxnet, 'Zero Days,' says the U.S. had a far larger cyber operation against Iran called Nitro Zeus that has compromised the country's...

Why a Killer Robot Was Likely the Only Option For Dallas Police
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Why a Killer Robot Was Likely the Only Option For Dallas Police

When a police robot killed suspect Micah Johnson in Dallas early Friday morning, it was likely an unprecedented event.

Validate Personal Air-Pollution Sensors
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Validate Personal Air-Pollution Sensors

The public is increasingly aware of the health and economic costs of air pollution.

If To Err Is Human, Should Technology Help Us Shed Some Humanity?
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If To Err Is Human, Should Technology Help Us Shed Some Humanity?

By all accounts, technology has made us safer.

The Tesla Didn't Really Crash Itself
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The Tesla Didn't Really Crash Itself

Tesla's Autopilot feature is now under investigation after the first known fatality involving a Tesla car using "Autopilot" mode was reported. The car automation...

Waiting for Gödel
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Waiting for Gödel

In June of 1975, the Office of the White House Press Secretary announced President Gerald R. Ford’s picks for the National Medal of Science. One went to the Austrian...

How the Computer Beat the Go Player
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How the Computer Beat the Go Player

The victory in March of the computer program AlphaGo over one of the world's top handful of go players marks the highest accomplishment to date for the burgeoning...

How Alan Turing Found Machine Thinking in the Human Mind
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How Alan Turing Found Machine Thinking in the Human Mind

In 1935, Alan Turing set out to build a reputation by outflanking the world's leading mathematician.

How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back
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How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back

"This is a final notice from the IRS."

Meet the Smartest, Cutest AI-Powered Robot You've Ever Seen
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Meet the Smartest, Cutest AI-Powered Robot You've Ever Seen

Boris Sofman taps his phone, and the robot on the conference room table in front of him wakes up. Not in that gadget-y way, like when a laptop screen turns on,...

How Risky Are the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2016?
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How Risky Are the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2016?

Take an advanced technology. Add a twist of fantasy. Stir well, and watch the action unfold.

Inverse Privacy
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Inverse Privacy

Seeking a market-based solution to the problem of a person's unjustified inaccessibility to their private information.

Turing's Red Flag
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Turing's Red Flag

A proposal for a law to prevent artificial intelligence systems from being mistaken for humans.

Big Data Analytics and Revision of the Common Rule
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Big Data Analytics and Revision of the Common Rule

Reconsidering traditional research ethics given the emergence of big data analytics.

How Charles Bachman Invented the DBMS, a Foundation of Our Digital World
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How Charles Bachman Invented the DBMS, a Foundation of Our Digital World

His 1963 Integrated Data Store set the template for all subsequent database management systems.

<i>Apple v. Samsung</i> and the Upcoming Design Patent Wars?
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Apple v. Samsung and the Upcoming Design Patent Wars?

Assessing an important recent design patent infringement court decision.

After Orlando, the Homemade AR-15 Industry Surges
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After Orlando, the Homemade AR-15 Industry Surges

In the wake of the worst mass shooting in US history, many Americans want to ban civilians from buying the AR-15, that ultra-popular, all-American killing tool.
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