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Remembering Silicon Valley's First Giant, Intel's Andrew Grove
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Remembering Silicon Valley's First Giant, Intel's Andrew Grove

Silicon Valley is full of logical absolutists, people who will follow a line of argument wherever it goes, no matter what the human repercussions.

Apple Policy on Bugs May Explain Why Hackers Would Help F.B.I.
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Apple Policy on Bugs May Explain Why Hackers Would Help F.B.I.

After a third party went to the F.B.I. with claims of being able to unlock an iPhone, many in the security industry said they were not surprised that the thirdApple...

Apple's CareKit Is the Best Argument Yet for Strong Encryption
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Apple's CareKit Is the Best Argument Yet for Strong Encryption

On the eve of his company’s court date with the FBI, where it will defend its right to not weaken the security of its own devices, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage...

How Self-Driving Cars Will Threaten Privacy
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How Self-Driving Cars Will Threaten Privacy

Allow me to join you, if I may, on your morning commute sometime in the indeterminate future.

The Internet of Things Is a Surveillance Nightmare
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The Internet of Things Is a Surveillance Nightmare

In 2014, security guru Bruce Schneier said, "Surveillance is the business model of the Internet.

The Law Is Clear: The FBI Cannot Make Apple Rewrite its OS
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The Law Is Clear: The FBI Cannot Make Apple Rewrite its OS

Every once in a while, President Obama removes his Law Professor in Chief hat and puts on his I Get Terrifying Briefings Every Day hat.

Is Blockchain the Most Important IT Invention of Our Age?
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Is Blockchain the Most Important IT Invention of Our Age?

There are not many occasions when one can give an unqualified thumbs-up to something the government does, but this is one such occasion.

Where Computers Defeat Humans, and Where They Can't
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Where Computers Defeat Humans, and Where They Can't

ALPHAGO, the artificial intelligence system built by the Google subsidiary DeepMind, has just defeated the human champion, Lee Se-dol, four games to one in the...

Explosive Golf Video Game Has the Best Physics Simulation Ever
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Explosive Golf Video Game Has the Best Physics Simulation Ever

Before teeing off, I take a few seconds to line up the shot.

Self-Driving Cars Won't Work Until We Change Our Roads—And Attitudes
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Self-Driving Cars Won't Work Until We Change Our Roads—And Attitudes

Autonomous vehicles will join human drivers on our roads sooner than most people think.

After AlphaGo, What's Next for AI?
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After AlphaGo, What's Next for AI?

AlphaGo's victories against legendary Go player Lee Se-dol over the last few days mark a major milestone in AI research.

The Creepy, Inescapable Advertisements That Could Define Virtual Reality
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The Creepy, Inescapable Advertisements That Could Define Virtual Reality

When cookie giant Oreo wanted to promote its latest flavors, its marketing heads decided to spice up its traditional TV ads with something not just new, but otherworldly...

How Apple Could Fed-Proof Its Software Update System
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How Apple Could Fed-Proof Its Software Update System

Apple's refusal to comply with a judge's demand that it help the FBI unlock a terrorist's iPhone has triggered a roiling debate about how much the U.S. government...

A Computer Takes On a Human Master of the Board Game Go
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A Computer Takes On a Human Master of the Board Game Go

In 1997, IBM's Deep Blue computer defeated the world chess champion Garry Kasparov. It was a momentous occasion for artificial intelligence, showing how far a clever...

Why We Love the Games That Enrage Us Most
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Why We Love the Games That Enrage Us Most

One afternoon last fall a Reddit user with the handle "FranktheShank1" was enjoying a new video game on his PlayStation 4.

The New Mind Control
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The New Mind Control

Over the past century, more than a few great writers have expressed concern about humanity's future.

Toward the End of Pilots
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Toward the End of Pilots

A memory that’s stayed with me from my stint in the military nearly 50 years ago is a sign that my supply sergeant kept on his desk: "We’ve been working with less...

A Plan in Case Robots Take the Jobs: Give Everyone a Paycheck
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A Plan in Case Robots Take the Jobs: Give Everyone a Paycheck

Let's say computers come for most of our jobs. This may not seem likely at the moment; computer scientists and economists offer wildly varying ideas for how deeply...

How the Feds Could Get Into iPhones Without Apple's Help
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How the Feds Could Get Into iPhones Without Apple's Help

It's a showdown that has the country mesmerized.

Apple's 'Code = Speech' Mistake
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Apple's 'Code = Speech' Mistake

In its legal fight against the FBI over iPhone security, Apple has made just about every argument it can credibly make.
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