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Germanwings Flight 9525, Technology, and the Question of Trust
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Germanwings Flight 9525, Technology, and the Question of Trust

Shortly before the dreadful crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, I happened to be reading part of "The Second Machine Age," a book by two academics at M.I.T., Erik...

David and Goliath: What Do We Do About Surveillance?
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David and Goliath: What Do We Do About Surveillance?

"Dear subscriber, you have been registered as a participant in a mass disturbance."

Learning to See Data
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Learning to See Data

For the past year or so genetic scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have been collaborating with a specialist from another universe...

How Technology Is Making Us Tip More Than Ever
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How Technology Is Making Us Tip More Than Ever

By now, you've probably experienced it: After grabbing a cup of espresso, buying some ice cream or taking a cab, you swipe your credit card and prepare to sign—but...

NSA Doesn't Need to Spy on Your Calls to Learn Your Secrets
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NSA Doesn't Need to Spy on Your Calls to Learn Your Secrets

Governments and corporations gather, store, and analyze the tremendous amount of data we chuff out as we move through our digitized lives.

Why the Tsarnaev Juror Questionnaire Screened for Computer Scientists
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Why the Tsarnaev Juror Questionnaire Screened for Computer Scientists

As we approach the second anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, many of us here in Massachusetts and beyond are riveted by the ongoing trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev...

What If Web Search Results Were Based on Accuracy?
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What If Web Search Results Were Based on Accuracy?

Imagine, for a moment, that every Web search gave only accurate, verified information.

Best Medical Science Images of 2015
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Best Medical Science Images of 2015

The Wellcome Trust has announced the 20 winners of its 2015 Image Awards for medical science images. Here are our favourites.

Mathematicians of the Future?
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Mathematicians of the Future?

Herbert Simon, the Nobel-prize winning economist, was a techno-enthusiast. In 1956 he predicted that, "within 10 years, computers would beat the world chess champion...

The War Over Who Steve Jobs Was
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The War Over Who Steve Jobs Was

On October 16, 2011, the early evening weather on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California, was almost unspeakably gorgeous—mild as a warm bath,...

Who Builds a House without Drawing Blueprints?
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Who Builds a House without Drawing Blueprints?

Finding a better solution by thinking about the problem and its solution, rather than just thinking about the code.

An Interview with Juris Hartmanis
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An Interview with Juris Hartmanis

A pioneer in the field of computational complexity theory reflects on his career.

Raw Networking
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Raw Networking

Relevance and repeatability.

Competing in Emerging Markets
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Competing in Emerging Markets

Considering the many different paths and unprecedented opportunities for companies exploring emerging markets.

Toward More Secure Software
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Toward More Secure Software

Two proposals intended to reduce flaws in software use two very different approaches for software security.

The Math of March Madness
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The Math of March Madness

The N.C.A.A. men's basketball tournament started Thursday, but for most Americans the real action began days before, as they pored over brackets, competing to make...

Reality Check: Comparing HoloLens and Magic Leap
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Reality Check: Comparing HoloLens and Magic Leap

I've seen two competing visions for a future in which virtual objects are merged seamlessly with the real world.

Why Some of Google's Coolest Projects Flop Badly
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Why Some of Google's Coolest Projects Flop Badly

In public, companies try to trot out any hint of a success story—real or imagined. At SXSW this week, Google took a different tack: It talked all about its failures...

Love in the Time of Bots
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Love in the Time of Bots

Convincing people to have a romantic relationship with a computer might be easier than it sounds.

How ISIS Succeeds on Social Media Where #StopKony Fails
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How ISIS Succeeds on Social Media Where #StopKony Fails

Social networks offer an incredible tool for tapping into the collective unconscious, a virtual Jungian arena in which competition might be expected to amplify...
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