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The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future
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The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future

The robots are coming, and they're getting smarter.

Defending the Grand Vision of the Human Brain Project
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Defending the Grand Vision of the Human Brain Project

"A grass roots effort is under way to stop the project... 'Mediocre science, terrible science policy,' begins the spirited letter…"

How to Terraform the Moon
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How to Terraform the Moon

Space fans were startled—and perhaps a little skeptical—in May when the Russians announced that they intend to build a manned moon base.

The Trouble With Brain Science
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The Trouble With Brain Science

Are we ever going to figure out how the brain works?

How Not to Build a Brain
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How Not to Build a Brain

Building a brain sounds like a worthy goal, one that makes it seem as though the future is within reach.

The Oculus Rift Game That's So Real It Nearly Destroyed Me
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The Oculus Rift Game That's So Real It Nearly Destroyed Me

I can hear the alien breathing.

The Most Annoying Problem in Computing Is Still Unsolved
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The Most Annoying Problem in Computing Is Still Unsolved

When I travel these days, I tend to look like a walking Radio Shack—cords bursting out of my pockets, bag overflowing with chargers and accessories.

Will Computers Ever Replace Teachers?
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Will Computers Ever Replace Teachers?

The classroom looked like a call center.

Stop Complaining About the Facebook Study. It's a Golden Age for Research
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Stop Complaining About the Facebook Study. It's a Golden Age for Research

Several years ago, my student and I studied anonymous email server data from 40,000 students, faculty and staff at a large university.

Billy Beane on the Future of Sports: A Tech-Driven Revolution
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Billy Beane on the Future of Sports: A Tech-Driven Revolution

Baseball—my passion and profession for three decades—has been at the forefront of the analytics revolution sweeping through sports.

7 Things You Should Know About Tor
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7 Things You Should Know About Tor

We posted last week about the Tor Challenge and why everyone should use Tor.

Should Facebook Manipulate Users?
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Should Facebook Manipulate Users?

Should we worry that technology companies can secretly influence our emotions?

How My Dad's Equation Sparked the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
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How My Dad's Equation Sparked the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

A few days before Halloween in 1961, a young astronomer was mulling over a fairly serious problem.

Studying Your Users: Facebook's Greatest Hits
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Studying Your Users: Facebook's Greatest Hits

Facebook's massive psychological experiment involving almost 700,000 unwitting users has attracted plenty of attention and outrage, but it's far from the only time...

What Your Cell Phone Can't Tell the Police
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What Your Cell Phone Can't Tell the Police

On May 28th, Lisa Marie Roberts, of Portland, Oregon, was released from prison after serving nine and a half years for a murder she didn't commit.

The Troubling Truth of Why It's Still So Hard to Share Files Directly
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The Troubling Truth of Why It's Still So Hard to Share Files Directly

It's not always easy to spot the compromises in the technology we use, where we've allowed corporate interests to trump public ideals like privacy and press freedom...

The Tech-Savvy Supreme Court
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The Tech-Savvy Supreme Court

The two major technology-related decisions handed down by the Supreme Court this week have been widely greeted by people in the tech industry as one win and one...

I Sent All My Text Messages in Calligraphy for a Week
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I Sent All My Text Messages in Calligraphy for a Week

I got my first mobile phone when I was in high school. It was 2005, and the feeling of "cool" overwhelmed me.

Visualizing Algorithms
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Visualizing Algorithms

Algorithms are a fascinating use case for visualization.

Licensing Professional Software Engineers
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Licensing Professional Software Engineers: Seize the Opportunity

Professional organizations should be in the forefront of the ongoing discussion about licensing professional software engineers.
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