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'I Don't Intend to Go Crawl Under a Rock': An Exit Interview with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
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'I Don't Intend to Go Crawl Under a Rock': An Exit Interview with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

If you're familiar with the comedian John Oliver, then you may also remember the man he once memorably called a "dingo." That's Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the...

He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now
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He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now

Trucks that can drive themselves along delivery routes. Computers capable of defeating world champions in a notoriously complex game. Apps that can translate sentences...

DARPA's Biotech Chief Says 2017 Will 'Blow Our Minds'
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DARPA's Biotech Chief Says 2017 Will 'Blow Our Minds'

The Pentagon's research and development division, DARPA—the creative force behind the internet and GPS—retooled itself three years ago to create a new office dedicated...

Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at X, on the Future of AI, Robots, and Coffeemakers
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Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at X, on the Future of AI, Robots, and Coffeemakers

Astro Teller has an unusual way of starting a new project: He tries to kill it.

NASA Science Chief: 'I Have No Worries About the Resilience of This Country'
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NASA Science Chief: 'I Have No Worries About the Resilience of This Country'

Solar physicist Thomas Zurbuchen became NASA's science chief in October, replacing astronaut John Grunsfeld. Just one month later, the US political system wentwhen...

Despite Its Promise, the Internet of Things Remains Vulnerable
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Despite Its Promise, the Internet of Things Remains Vulnerable

More and more of the things we use every day are being connected to the Internet.

Genevieve Bell: 'Humanity's Greatest Fear Is about Being Irrelevant'
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Genevieve Bell: 'Humanity's Greatest Fear Is about Being Irrelevant'

Genevieve Bell is an Australian anthropologist who has been working at tech company Intel for 18 years, where she is currently head of sensing and insights.

Trump's Plans to Shake Up the Tech World
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Trump's Plans to Shake Up the Tech World

Donald Trump's ascension to the White House had very little to do with his views on the spread of high-speed broadband, wireless spectrum allocation—or any number...

Richard Dawkins and Other Prominent Scientists React to Trump's Win
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Richard Dawkins and Other Prominent Scientists React to Trump's Win

This week the U.S. elected businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump as its 45th president. As Scientific American has reported in the run-up to the election...

Digitizing the CIA: John Brennan's Attempt to Lead America's Spies Into the Age of Cyberwar
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Digitizing the CIA: John Brennan's Attempt to Lead America's Spies Into the Age of Cyberwar

When America goes to the polls on Nov. 8, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, it will likely experience the culmination of a new form of...

Chinese Characters Are Futuristic and the Alphabet Is Old News
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Chinese Characters Are Futuristic and the Alphabet Is Old News

On a bright fall morning at Stanford, Tom Mullaney is telling me what's wrong with QWERTY keyboards.

Web Pioneer Tries to Incubate a Second Digital Revolution
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Web Pioneer Tries to Incubate a Second Digital Revolution

Brian Behlendorf knows it's a cliché for veteran technologists like himself to argue that society could be run much better if we just had the right software.

AI Is Not Out to Get Us
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AI Is Not Out to Get Us

Elon Musk's new plan to go all-in on self-driving vehicles puts a lot of faith in the artificial intelligence needed to ensure his Teslas can read and react to...

Inside Microsoft's Quest for a Topological Quantum Computer
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Inside Microsoft's Quest for a Topological Quantum Computer

The race is on build a "universal" quantum computer. Such a device could be programmed to speedily solve problems that classical computers cannot crack, potentially...

Incessant Consumer Surveillance Is Leaking Into Physical Stores
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Incessant Consumer Surveillance Is Leaking Into Physical Stores

You just wanted to shop for a birthday gift in peace—instead, you got ads that follow you around the internet, and coupons in your email that remember exactly which...

Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?
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Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?

Late last week Obama administration officials used NBC News to send Moscow a cryptic threat: The U.S. government is "contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert...

Inside Nat Geo's Incredible Documentary Mission to Mars
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Inside Nat Geo's Incredible Documentary Mission to Mars

A spaceship is preparing to land on Mars when the crew notices that one of the thrusters isn’t firing.

Maths Becomes biology's Magic Number
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Maths Becomes biology's Magic Number

"If you want a career in medicine these days you're better off studying mathematics or computing than biology."

Obama's Concerned an AI Could Hack America's Nukes
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Obama's Concerned an AI Could Hack America's Nukes

During his eight years in office, President Barack Obama has seen hackers grow into a threat no president has faced before.
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