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Is Google's Alphabet a Good Bet?
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Is Google's Alphabet a Good Bet?

A relatively simple query raises myriad complicated issues.

The Internet Is Broken. Starting from Scratch, Here's How I'd Fix It.
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The Internet Is Broken. Starting from Scratch, Here's How I'd Fix It.

My big idea is that we have to fix the Internet.

A World of Surveillance Doesn't Always Help to Catch a Thief
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A World of Surveillance Doesn't Always Help to Catch a Thief

Earlier this year, I had a beer in one of the more budget-conscious bars in the Mission district. My wallet stayed a little later than I did.

If Only AI Could Save Us from Ourselves
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If Only AI Could Save Us from Ourselves

Humans have broken the Internet.

If We Made Contact with Aliens, How Would Religions React?
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If We Made Contact with Aliens, How Would Religions React?

In 2014, Nasa awarded $1.1M to the Center for Theological Inquiry, an ecumenical research institute in New Jersey, to study “the societal implications of astrobiology”...

Artificial Intelligence Has a Big Year Ahead
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Artificial Intelligence Has a Big Year Ahead

Get ready for AI to show up where you'd least expect it.

Where Will NASA Go in the Age of Trump?
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Where Will NASA Go in the Age of Trump?

Two weeks after a presidential election that could have vaulted him to the head of NASA, John Grunsfeld reached across his peanut curry at a small restaurant on...

Cybersecurity's Next Phase: Cyber-Deterrence
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Cybersecurity's Next Phase: Cyber-Deterrence

Cyberattackers pose many threats to a wide range of targets. Russia, for example, was accused of hacking Democratic Party computers throughout the year, interfering...

Three Touchy Questions for Tech Leaders to Ask Trump
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Three Touchy Questions for Tech Leaders to Ask Trump

Few in the technology sector besides Peter Thiel had much love for Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.

Trump Ignoring US Intelligence Creates Risks Beyond Russian Hacking
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Trump Ignoring US Intelligence Creates Risks Beyond Russian Hacking

Observers and alumni of America's intelligence community have already fretted over Donald Trump's impending control of the world's most powerful spy agencies.

Two Friends Who Changed How We Think About How We Think
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Two Friends Who Changed How We Think About How We Think

In 2003, we reviewed "Moneyball," Michael Lewis's book about Billy Beane and the Oakland A's

The Cynical Gambit to Make 'Fake News' Meaningless
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The Cynical Gambit to Make 'Fake News' Meaningless

For a term that is suddenly everywhere, "fake news" is fairly slippery.

The Gadget Apocalypse Is Upon Us
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The Gadget Apocalypse Is Upon Us

Remember gadgets?

Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood Hacker
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Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood Hacker

For decades Hollywood has treated computers as magic boxes from which endless plot points could be conjured, in denial of all common sense.

Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search
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Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search

Here's what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That's all I did.

Sue Over Fake News? Not So Fast
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Sue Over Fake News? Not So Fast

The latest controversy involving so-called fake news has left many wondering why websites that publish patently false statements on the Internet have not been prosecuted...

Earth, the Final Frontier
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Earth, the Final Frontier

On April 1, 1960, the newly established National Aeronautics and Space Administration heaved a 270-pound box of electronics into Earth orbit.

Robots Won't Kill the Workforce. They'll Save the Global Economy.
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Robots Won't Kill the Workforce. They'll Save the Global Economy.

The United Nations forecasts that the global population will rise from 7.3 billion to nearly 10 billion by 2050, a big number that often prompts warnings about...

What Is 'Military Artificial Intelligence'? 
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What Is 'Military Artificial Intelligence'? 

We are in an era of existential fear of technology.

Trump's First 100 Days: Technology, Privacy and Intelligence 
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Trump's First 100 Days: Technology, Privacy and Intelligence 

President-elect Donald Trump's views on technology and tech policy were not prominent campaign features on his contentious path to the White House.
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