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Have Comment Sections on News Media Websites Failed?
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Have Comment Sections on News Media Websites Failed?

Many newspapers and online media companies have begun disabling comment sections because of widespread abuse and obscenity.

All Hail Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, King of the Bots
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All Hail Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, King of the Bots

Mark Zuckerberg was once the boy king of Silicon Valley. Now he wants to be the bot king of Silicon Valley.

A Court Is About to Make One of the Most Important Decisions in the History of the Internet
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A Court Is About to Make One of the Most Important Decisions in the History of the Internet

If you thought the battle over net neutrality ended when the Federal Communications Commission slapped a series of unprecedented rules on Internet providers last...

How Early Computer Games Influenced Internet Culture
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How Early Computer Games Influenced Internet Culture

Sometimes it seems the Internet is, at its core, a tremendous nostalgia machine.

Intelligence Committee Leaders Release Discussion Draft of Encryption Bill
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Intelligence Committee Leaders Release Discussion Draft of Encryption Bill

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the Compliance with Court Orders...

I'm the First Quadriplegic Person to Regain Thought-Control of My Arm
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I'm the First Quadriplegic Person to Regain Thought-Control of My Arm

I'm the first quadriplegic person in the world to use my own thoughts to control my own arm. It's a pretty neat experience.

The Internet Archive, Bricks and Mortar Version
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The Internet Archive, Bricks and Mortar Version

A heavily rusted cast iron ring sits on a bookshelf inside a neoclassical church a few blocks north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The ring is about an inch...

Unite to Build a Quantum Internet
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Unite to Build a Quantum Internet

Almost 25 years ago, physicists discovered a way of 'teleporting' a quantum system from one place to another without moving it.

Synthetic Biology Is … Complex. But This Exhibit Makes It a Blast
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Synthetic Biology Is … Complex. But This Exhibit Makes It a Blast

It takes at least a master's degree to fully understand synthetic biology, but grasping its importance requires far less.

Why Robots Need to Be Able to Say 'No'
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Why Robots Need to Be Able to Say 'No'

Should you always do what other people tell you to do?

Why Apple's Stand Against the F.B.I. Hurts Its Own Customers
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Why Apple's Stand Against the F.B.I. Hurts Its Own Customers

Two weeks ago, privacy advocates across the country celebrated as the Federal Bureau of Investigation backed off its request for Apple to help gain access intoiPhone...

The Senate's Draft Encryption Bill Is 'Ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate'
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The Senate's Draft Encryption Bill Is 'Ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate'

As Apple Battled the FBI for the last two months over the agency's demands that Apple help crack its own encryption, both the tech community and law enforcement...

When Is the Singularity? Probably Not in Your Lifetime
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When Is the Singularity? Probably Not in Your Lifetime

Misconception: Computers will outstrip human capabilities within many of our lifetimes.

Technology Gone Wild
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Technology Gone Wild

Birding — the amateur pursuit of watching and monitoring bird populations — is a big deal. The numbers back it up.

What If Apple Is Wrong?
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What If Apple Is Wrong?

Soon after Devon Godfrey was shot to death in his apartment in Harlem on the evening of April 12, 2010, officers with the New York Police Department thought they...

Lessons from Apple vs. the F.B.I.
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Lessons from Apple vs. the F.B.I.

It's welcome news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has dropped its legal effort to force Apple to help it create a method of accessing data on a lockedSan...

To Beat Go Champion, Google's Program Needed a Human Army
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To Beat Go Champion, Google's Program Needed a Human Army

Nearly 20 years ago, after a chess-playing computer called Deep Blue beat the world grandmaster Garry Kasparov, I wrote an article about why humans would long remain...

Is AlphaGo Really Such a Big Deal?
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Is AlphaGo Really Such a Big Deal?

In 1997, IBM's Deep Blue system defeated the world chess champion, Garry Kasparov.

Mind Craft
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Mind Craft

Concerned because you can't pry your daughter away from Minecraft? Worried that your son spends every moment obsessing over moves in the super-popular video game...

Use or Lose Our Navigation Skills
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Use or Lose Our Navigation Skills

In 1984, I was part of a team that was developing a receiver for a satellite-navigation system. After weeks of debugging, the blur of random digits settled on a...
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