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The Lewis Effect
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The Lewis Effect

Michael Lewis couldn't have timed it better if he'd tried.

If You Like Immersion, You'll Love This Reality
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If You Like Immersion, You'll Love This Reality

The news that Facebook paid $2 billion for a virtual reality start-up, Oculus VR, might strike you as a bit zany.

The Story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri Killer
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The Story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri Killer

Technically, Cortana isn't supposed to exist for at least another 500 years, but that's not stopping Microsoft from bringing her to life this week.

How a Secret iOS Feature Could Change the Internet
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How a Secret iOS Feature Could Change the Internet

A few weeks ago, a messaging app called FireChat launched.

Why the Black Box on Airplanes Needs to Go Away
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Why the Black Box on Airplanes Needs to Go Away

In another 10 years, the very idea of a "black box" flight data recorder on an airliner will seem as naive and outdated as a smoking section.

3 Ways to Make Software Patents Suck Less (Without Abolishing Them Altogether)
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3 Ways to Make Software Patents Suck Less (Without Abolishing Them Altogether)

This week, the Supreme Court tackled one of the thorniest problems in tech policy: software patents.

Bots on the Beat
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Bots on the Beat

On March 24 at 2:36 p.m., the New York Post reported that the body of former Nets basketball player Quinton Ross had been found in a shallow grave on Long Island...

Hey, Robot: Which Cat Is Cuter?
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Hey, Robot: Which Cat Is Cuter?

One recent morning, while contemplating writing this column, I scrolled through thousands and thousands of listings for mundane microgigs on Mechanical Turk, or...

10 Years On, Gmail Has Transformed the Web as We Know It
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10 Years On, Gmail Has Transformed the Web as We Know It

Google loves to unveil a good gag product on April Fool's Day.

From ACM Opinion

Abstract Ideas Don't Deserve Patents

The Constitution gives Congress the power to grant inventors a temporary monopoly over their creations to "promote the progress of science and useful arts."

Five Ways to Make Sure We Never Lose a Plane Again
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Five Ways to Make Sure We Never Lose a Plane Again

For the past few weeks the world's attention has been focussed on the lost Malaysia Airlines plane and its 239 passengers and crew that has apparently crashed in...

The Dream of Intelligent Robot Friends
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The Dream of Intelligent Robot Friends

Karotz is an Internet-enabled console in the shape of an abstracted rabbit.

What Oculus's $2 Billion Payday Teaches Us About Innovation
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What Oculus's $2 Billion Payday Teaches Us About Innovation

Tuesday's announcement that Facebook is buying the virtual-reality start-up Oculus for $2 billion no doubt left many people scratching their heads.

Will We Ever Travel in Wormholes?
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Will We Ever Travel in Wormholes?

The universe is huge.

Who's Afraid of Nate Silver?
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Who's Afraid of Nate Silver?

Nate Silver doesn't look very threatening.

MOOCs Revisited, With Some Policy Suggestions
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MOOCs Revisited, With Some Policy Suggestions

Assessing the rapidly evolving realm of massive open online courses.

Thinking Outside the Continent
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Thinking Outside the Continent

Encouraging the opportunities for digital innovation and invention to flourish in a variety of social environments.

This Is the Foo Field
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This Is the Foo Field

The meaning of bits and avoiding upgrade bogdowns.

small data, where n = me
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small data, where n = me

Seeking personalized data-derived insights from analysis of our digital traces.

Is Multicore Hardware for General-Purpose Parallel Processing Broken?
From Communications of the ACM

Is Multicore Hardware for General-Purpose Parallel Processing Broken?

The current generation of general-purpose multicore hardware must be fixed to support more application domains and to allow cost-effective parallel programming.
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