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Orwell Was Right: Oliver Stone on What Makes Snowden Exciting
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Orwell Was Right: Oliver Stone on What Makes Snowden Exciting

Oliver Stone wants you to know he's not an activist.

20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity
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20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity

1. Does humanity have a future beyond Earth?

Tim Cook: Running Apple 'Is Sort of a Lonely Job'
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Tim Cook: Running Apple 'Is Sort of a Lonely Job'

On a sleek white coffee table in Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth-floor office in late July, beneath framed posters of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King...

What Virtual Reality Is Good For
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What Virtual Reality Is Good For

After years as a punchline, virtual reality is enjoying a renaissance. Venture capitalists plowed $1.2 billion into virtual-reality and augmented-reality startups...

Google's Driverless-Car Czar on Taking the Human Out of the Equation
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Google's Driverless-Car Czar on Taking the Human Out of the Equation

You devoted your life to human-driven transportation, engineering SUVs at Ford and taking Hyundai (as U.S. CEO and president) to record levels of sales in the U...

How One Journalist Uses Social Media to Get Inside the Minds of ISIS
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How One Journalist Uses Social Media to Get Inside the Minds of ISIS

Rukmini Callimachi is arguably the best reporter on the most impor­tant beat in the world. As a New York Times correspondent covering terrorism, her work explores...

NSA Director Rogers on DNC Hacking, Cyberwarfare and ISIS
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NSA Director Rogers on DNC Hacking, Cyberwarfare and ISIS

When it comes to warfare—the weapons, the budgets, the personnel—America is king. But the United States has not yet conquered cyberwarfare.

CIA Cyber Official Sees Data Flood as Both Godsend and Danger
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CIA Cyber Official Sees Data Flood as Both Godsend and Danger

When he started at the CIA, Sean Roche recalls how little solid data the U.S. spy agency had on what was going on inside the Kremlin.

Werner Herzog's Web
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Werner Herzog's Web

Werner Herzog gazes solemnly at the metal exoskeleton. The set of robotic arms lies slumped in a laboratory on the UCLA campus, surrounded by empty cardboard boxes...

Microsoft's President Explains the Company's Quiet Legal War for User Privacy
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Microsoft's President Explains the Company's Quiet Legal War for User Privacy

Apple's legal battle over encryption dominated headlines earlier this year, but another tech giant is fighting a quieter legal war over user privacy: Microsoft....

Snowden: 'I Never Thought I'd Be Saved' After NSA Leaks
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Snowden: 'I Never Thought I'd Be Saved' After NSA Leaks

When Edward Snowden leaked highly classified secrets about government spying, he changed the way the world thinks of cybersecurity.

This Guy Trains Computers to Find Future Criminals
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This Guy Trains Computers to Find Future Criminals

When historians look back at the turmoil over prejudice and policing in the U.S. over the past few years, they're unlikely to dwell on the case of Eric Loomis.

In Pursuit of Planes That Think for Themselves
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In Pursuit of Planes That Think for Themselves

Just how smart can an airplane be?

Obama's Top Scientist Talks Shrinking Budgets, Donald Trump, and His Biggest Regret
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Obama's Top Scientist Talks Shrinking Budgets, Donald Trump, and His Biggest Regret

John Holdren is no stranger to the spotlight. Over his long career in science, Holdren—a physicist by training—has worked on controversial issues such as climate...

Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet
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Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet

Alex Gibney's new documentary, Zero Days, looks at the Stuxnet worm—a cyber weapon developed by the U.S. and Israel.

Machines that Talk to Us May Soon Sense Our Feelings, Too
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Machines that Talk to Us May Soon Sense Our Feelings, Too

After great promise in the 1960s that machines would soon think like humans, progress stalled for decades. Only in the past 10 years or so has research picked up...

AI Doomsayer Says His Ideas Are Catching On
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AI Doomsayer Says His Ideas Are Catching On

Oxford University philosophy professor Nick Bostrom says major tech companies are listening to his warnings about investing in "AI safety" research.

The Lopsided Geography of Wikipedia
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The Lopsided Geography of Wikipedia

Think about how often, in the course of a week, you visit Wikipedia.

The Physicist Who Studies ISIS Communities Online
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The Physicist Who Studies ISIS Communities Online

Neil Johnson, a physicist at the University of Miami in Florida, studies patterns that emerge in complex systems.
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