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The Princess Trap
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The Princess Trap

When my 4-year-old told me the other day that she was "ready for princesses," part of me died.

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition
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How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition

Information technology is revolutionizing products. Once composed solely of mechanical and electrical parts, products have become complex systems that combine hardware...

Next Battle in the War on Science
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Next Battle in the War on Science

The war over science is heating up on Capitol Hill.

Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate
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Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate

When "Captain Ridley's shooting party" gathered here in late August 1938 as weekend guests at Bletchley Park, a Buckinghamshire country house, they were accompanied...

Microscopy: Hasten High Resolution
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Microscopy: Hasten High Resolution

The best electron and scanning probe microscopes today can resolve individual atoms and chemical bonds.

The Internet That Facebook Built
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The Internet That Facebook Built

The on-ramp might appear free but exiting takes a toll.

The Whole Professional
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The Whole Professional

A new book inspires a reflection on what it means to be a whole, competent, and effective professional — and may portend a wave of disruption in education.

Innovation and Inclusion
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Innovation and Inclusion

What technology companies, especially startups, need to know about building great places to work — for her and him — in the digital age.

Port Squatting
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Port Squatting

Do not irk your local sysadmin.

Making the Case for a 'Manufacturing Execution System' for Software Development
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Making the Case for a 'Manufacturing Execution System' for Software Development

Seeking to improve information integration throughout the manufacturing process.

How the Smartphone Killed Typing—But Started an AI Revolution
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How the Smartphone Killed Typing—But Started an AI Revolution

Steve Jobs often swam against the tide of prevailing opinion.

Algorithms Are Great and All, But They Can Also Ruin Lives
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Algorithms Are Great and All, But They Can Also Ruin Lives

On April 5, 2011, 41-year-old John Gass received a letter from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Why the Surveillance State Lives On
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Why the Surveillance State Lives On

Once upon a time, Glenn Greenwald was a lonely voice in the blogging wilderness, and Edward Snowden was an isolated functionary at the heart of the American national...

Automation Makes Us Dumb
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Automation Makes Us Dumb

Artificial intelligence has arrived.

When Fitbit Is the Expert Witness
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When Fitbit Is the Expert Witness

Self-tracking using a wearable device can be fascinating. It can drive you to exercise more, make you reflect on how much (or little) you sleep, and help you...

Uber, a Start-Up Going So Fast It Could Miss a Turn
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Uber, a Start-Up Going So Fast It Could Miss a Turn

In just four years of operation, Uber has ignited a new global ride-sharing industry with the promise of transforming urban transportation and helping many people...

The Simple Question Nobody's Asking About Net Neutrality
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The Simple Question Nobody's Asking About Net Neutrality

President Obama rattled the internet this week when he unloaded his opinion on net neutrality, the notion that all internet traffic should be treated equally.

Reasons to Land on a Comet: What the Rosetta Mission Can Learn
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Reasons to Land on a Comet: What the Rosetta Mission Can Learn

After a journey that took more than a decade, the world is scheduled to witness a first when the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission attempts to land a small...

Why We're All Beta Testers Now
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Why We're All Beta Testers Now

I taught a class a few years ago at Columbia Business School called "What Makes a Hit a Hit—and a Flop a Flop."

These Are 3 Breakthrough Science Ideas You'll Be Talking About in 2015
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These Are 3 Breakthrough Science Ideas You'll Be Talking About in 2015

For anyone who has ever said that all the STEM professions need is something to make them "cool" in order to attract more young people, look no further than ...
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