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Megan Smith: 'You Can Affect Billions of People'
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Megan Smith: 'You Can Affect Billions of People'

Now that you work at the White House, approximately how many times a day do you find yourself thinking, God, we did this so much better at Google?

Vimeo Tech Chief Takes on 'Terrifying' Online Video Challenges
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Vimeo Tech Chief Takes on 'Terrifying' Online Video Challenges

Think online video is old hat? Think again.

William Gibson Writes the Future
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William Gibson Writes the Future

William Gibson lives in an overwhelmingly green suburb with old-money roots south of Vancouver's downtown, and it is in this suburb that I am currently wandering...

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges.

Q&A With Futurist Martine Rothblatt
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Q&A With Futurist Martine Rothblatt

In an interview, satellite radio pioneer and futurist Martine Rothblatt says she believes there is little doubt humans will eventually invent ways to create virtual...

In Conversation Marc Andreessen
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In Conversation Marc Andreessen

It's not hard to coax an opinion out of Marc Andreessen.

The Holder of Secrets
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The Holder of Secrets

From the garden terrace of a sixth-floor walkup on a quiet Berlin street, there was a clear view to the TV Tower, in Alexanderplatz.

FBI Director on Privacy, Electronic Surveillance
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FBI Director on Privacy, Electronic Surveillance

James Comey, the director of the FBI, says the Internet is the most dangerous parking lot imaginable.

5 Insights from Vint Cerf on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality and More
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5 Insights from Vint Cerf on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality and More

When Vint Cerf, often called the "father of the Internet," is speaking, it's wise to listen.

Google's Schmidt Fires Back Over Encryption
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Google's Schmidt Fires Back Over Encryption

To hear Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt tell it, the U.S. government has only itself to blame for new efforts by Google and Apple Inc. to keep police...

How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is
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How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

The story of how the digital age came to be involves a cast of more than 40 people, ranging from a 19th century English countess to California hippies.

Intel Meets its 'Makers,' with Chips for DIY Set and the Firms They'll Found
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Intel Meets its 'Makers,' with Chips for DIY Set and the Firms They'll Found

Intel's Edison chip has been launched in a rocket, floated in a weather balloon, fitted into a futuristic light-emitting dress and used to power a dancing robot...

Cyber Spy High: Meet the NSA's Hacker Recruiter
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Cyber Spy High: Meet the NSA's Hacker Recruiter

The National Security Agency has a recruiting problem.

What It Will Take for Computers to Be Conscious
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What It Will Take for Computers to Be Conscious

Is a worm conscious? How about a bumblebee? Does a computer that can play chess "feel" anything?

A Rare Look at Design Genius Jony Ive: The Man Behind the Apple Watch
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A Rare Look at Design Genius Jony Ive: The Man Behind the Apple Watch

I first catch sight of Jony Ive across the Apple campus, in a plain Dodger-blue T-shirt and white painter's pants, in conversation, nodding.

'Glass Brain' Offers Tours of the Space between Your Ears
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'Glass Brain' Offers Tours of the Space between Your Ears

Former Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart takes pride in his brain.

Jeff Hawkins on Why His Approach to AI Will Become the Approach to AI
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Jeff Hawkins on Why His Approach to AI Will Become the Approach to AI

In an interview, Numenta founder Jeff Hawkins says he expects his vision of brain-inspired artificial intelligence (AI) to win out over other approaches. He says...

A Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs
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A Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs

Believe it or not, I do have friends who would describe themselves as not liking math, and every so often one of them will share this meme on Facebook: And then...

Three Questions with the CEO of D-Wave
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Three Questions with the CEO of D-Wave

Vern Brownell, CEO of quantum computing startup D-Wave, says the company now has customers using its computers to tackle real problems.
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