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The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers
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The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers

Last summer, an audience of government officials, military personnel, and foreign ambassadors gathered in Aspen, Colorado, to hear John Carlin, then an assistant...

Vulnerability Is the Internet's Original Sin
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Vulnerability Is the Internet's Original Sin

On the day (perhaps not long from now) when the entire internet crashes, no one will be able to say that we didn’t see it coming.

A.I. Inspiration: The Science Fiction That Frames Discussion
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A.I. Inspiration: The Science Fiction That Frames Discussion

Science fiction comes up often in serious discussions about artificial intelligence and weapons.

If They Google You, Do You Win?
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If They Google You, Do You Win?

Are voters misleading pollsters? Are there hidden Donald Trump supporters who could throw the election his way?

Mark Zuckerberg's Long March to China
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Mark Zuckerberg's Long March to China

For U.S. Internet businesses, China is the land of moral defeat.

Whoever Wins the White House, This Year's Big Loser Is Email
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Whoever Wins the White House, This Year's Big Loser Is Email

Every four years, pundits race to anoint this or that newfangled tech trend as the next disruptive force to forever alter the mechanics of American democracy.

Hey Silicon Valley: President Obama Has a To-Do List for You
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Hey Silicon Valley: President Obama Has a To-Do List for You

Ask not what the government can do for Silicon Valley; ask what Silicon Valley can do for the government.

Where Do All the Old Programmers Go?
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Where Do All the Old Programmers Go?

In a recent editorial, Norman Matloff, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Davis, describes software engineering as a career dead end...

Dwarf Planets Aren't Big News, Because Astronomy Is Doing a Great Job
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Dwarf Planets Aren't Big News, Because Astronomy Is Doing a Great Job

Last week, astronomers  announced the discovery of DeeDee, a possible dwarf planet. That name—dwarf planet—means it is like Pluto: Massive enough to assume a spherical...

Algorithms Aren't Biased, But the People Who Write Them May Be
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Algorithms Aren't Biased, But the People Who Write Them May Be

A provocative new book called "Weapons of Math Destruction" has inspired some charged headlines. But author Cathy O'Neil's message is subtle: Math isn't biased....

I Just Want Nate Silver to Tell Me It's All Going to Be Fine
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I Just Want Nate Silver to Tell Me It's All Going to Be Fine

Evan has a habit. He's not ashamed of it, but he doesn't want to reveal too much about himself, lest his colleagues learn how he’s spending so much of his time.

George Orwell Never Dreamed of Advertising as Invasive as Yahoo's Proposal
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George Orwell Never Dreamed of Advertising as Invasive as Yahoo's Proposal

Yahoo wants to take advertising to the next level—that is, the Orwellian level—bombarding people in public places with targeted advertising served up by the surveillance...

How to Turn Your Self-Driving Car Into a Time Machine
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How to Turn Your Self-Driving Car Into a Time Machine

The self-driving car's greatest promise is that it will buy its passengers that most precious and finite of resources: time.

There Is a Blind Spot in AI Research
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There Is a Blind Spot in AI Research

This week, the White House published its report on the future of artificial intelligence (AI)—a product of four workshops held between May and July 2016 in Seattle...

Welcome Your New Robot Overlords: Humans
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Welcome Your New Robot Overlords: Humans

I became a robot.

Russian Hacking Crisis Tests Obama's Nerve
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Russian Hacking Crisis Tests Obama's Nerve

President Barack Obama came under immediate pressure Friday night to punish Russia for hacking into US political institutions—with calls to rally European allies...

Surveillance in the Post-Obama Era
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Surveillance in the Post-Obama Era

During his 2008 campaign, President Obama vowed to assert greater oversight of the massive surveillance apparatus built in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, arguing...

Google Is Listening
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Google Is Listening

You know the cliché that if you're not paying for the product, you are the product?

Would It Be Ethical to Implant False Memories in Therapy?
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Would It Be Ethical to Implant False Memories in Therapy?

Take a moment to remember an event that you experienced as a child.

Desperately Seeking the Nobel Prize for Computer Science
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Desperately Seeking the Nobel Prize for Computer Science

In its 115-year history, the Nobel Prize has endured just one innovation — the prize for economic sciences. It could use an update. It needs a dedicated prize for...
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