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Q&A: Finding New Directions in Cryptography
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Q&A: Finding New Directions in Cryptography

Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman on their meeting, their research, and the results that billions use every day.

An Interview with Yale Patt
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An Interview with Yale Patt

ACM Fellow Professor Yale Patt reflects on his career in industry and academia.

 NASA and the Author of 'The Martian' Tell Us Exactly How We'll Get to Mars
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NASA and the Author of 'The Martian' Tell Us Exactly How We'll Get to Mars

In "The Martian," Matt Damon plays a NASA astronaut who's been stranded on Mars and has to figure out how to survive until the space agency can devise a daring...

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?
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How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?

And it's not just gamers who are benefiting from the immersive possibilities it offers.

Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA
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Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA

As a boy growing up in Denmark, Eske Willerslev could not wait to leave Gentofte, his suburban hometown. As soon as he was old enough, he would strike out for the...

Q&A: Hitomi Researchers Talk About Satellite's Tragic End and the Data It Sent Home
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Q&A: Hitomi Researchers Talk About Satellite's Tragic End and the Data It Sent Home

Three researchers from the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, explain the circumstances of Hitomi's tragic accident and express their hopes...

Huawei Prepares for Robot Overlords and Communication with the Dead
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Huawei Prepares for Robot Overlords and Communication with the Dead

Chinese technology giant Huawei is preparing for a world where people live forever, dead relatives linger on in computers and robots try to kill humans.

After Moore's Law: Predicting The Future Beyond Silicon Chips
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After Moore's Law: Predicting The Future Beyond Silicon Chips

For several decades now, Georgia Tech professor Tom Conte has been studying how to improve computers: "How do we make them faster and more efficient next time around...

Promoting Women in Science
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Promoting Women in Science

Utrecht University professor Lynda Hardman discusses the pressing need to promote participation of women in science in the Netherlands. 

Left Behind in the Mobile Revolution, Intel Struggles to Innovate
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Left Behind in the Mobile Revolution, Intel Struggles to Innovate

Intel was once known for its success in branding personal computers with microprocessors, a technology that fueled the digital revolution. But the Silicon Valley...

This Top Scientist Offers a Solution for the Havoc Driverless Cars May Wreck on Workers
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This Top Scientist Offers a Solution for the Havoc Driverless Cars May Wreck on Workers

Proponents of autonomous vehicles are in a sticky situation.

Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him
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Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him

Quantum-computer whiz riffs on simulated universes, the Singularity, unified theories, P/NP, the mind-body problem, free will, why there's something rather than...

New Encryption Technology Is Aiding Terrorists, Intelligence Director Says
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New Encryption Technology Is Aiding Terrorists, Intelligence Director Says

The Edward Snowden leaks have accelerated the sophistication of encryption technologies by "about seven years," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper...

Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him
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Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him

Scott Aaronson has one of the highest intelligence/pretension ratios I’ve ever encountered.

Q&A: Python Creator Guido van Rossum on How He Got His Start in Programming
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Q&A: Python Creator Guido van Rossum on How He Got His Start in Programming

Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, tells of growing up, discovering computers in the Netherlands, creating one of the world's most popular programming languages...

Reinvent Yourself: The Playboy Interview with Ray Kurzweil
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Reinvent Yourself: The Playboy Interview with Ray Kurzweil

Many think author, inventor and data scientist Ray Kurzweil is a prophet for our digital age. A few say he's completely nuts.  

Why The FBI Director Puts Tape Over His Webcam
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Why The FBI Director Puts Tape Over His Webcam

FBI Director James Comey gave a speech this week about encryption and privacy, repeating his argument that "absolute privacy" hampers law enforcement. But it was...

The Man Selling Shovels in the Machine-Learning Gold Rush
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The Man Selling Shovels in the Machine-Learning Gold Rush

Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of the chipmaker Nvidia, is either very prescient or very lucky.

Why a Chatbot Creeped Out Microsoft's AI-Focused CEO
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Why a Chatbot Creeped Out Microsoft's AI-Focused CEO

In February, Microsoft Corp. Vice President Derrick Connell visited the Bing search team in Hyderabad, India, to oversee a Monday morning hackathon.
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