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Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2017
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Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2017

If you've seen in it in a movie, you might see it in reality in 2017.

Best Books of 2016
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Best Books of 2016

Our editors' picks for the best books of 2016, and some they're eagerly anticipating.

NASA's Overlooked Duty to Look Inward
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NASA's Overlooked Duty to Look Inward

In 1942, not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the poet Archibald MacLeish wrote an essay called "The Image of Victory," in which he asked what winning the...

The Year Encryption Won
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The Year Encryption Won

Between the revelations of mega-hacks of Yahoo and others, Russia's meddling in the US electoral system, and the recent spike in ransomware, it's easy to look at...

2017 Sneak Peek: What the New Year Holds for Science
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2017 Sneak Peek: What the New Year Holds for Science

If the United States pulls back on its climate commitments as president-elect Donald Trump has promised, China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases,...

Heinlein and Clarke Discuss the Moon Landings as They Happen
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Heinlein and Clarke Discuss the Moon Landings as They Happen

Chances are that anyone in their 50s or older will remember watching Apollo 11 land on the Moon.

Building Jarvis
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Building Jarvis

My personal challenge for 2016 was to build a simple AI to run my home—like Jarvis in Iron Man.

Dear Mr. Trump: To 'Cyber' Better, Try the Blockchain
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Dear Mr. Trump: To 'Cyber' Better, Try the Blockchain

A massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack took several high-profile websites—Twitter, Amazon, the New York Times, even WIRED—offline in October.

Effects of International Trafficking in Arms Regulations Changes
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Effects of International Trafficking in Arms Regulations Changes

Considering the impact of recent ITAR changes to the U.S. software industry and software education.

Artificial Intelligence
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Artificial Intelligence: Think Again

Social and cultural conventions are an often-neglected aspect of intelligent-machine development.

Colossal Genius
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Colossal Genius: Tutte, Flowers, and a Bad Imitation of Turing

Reflections on pioneering code-breaking efforts.

Why Less Is More When It Comes to Internet Jurisdiction
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Why Less Is More When It Comes to Internet Jurisdiction

Considering legal uncertainty in the online environment.

Is Google's Alphabet a Good Bet?
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Is Google's Alphabet a Good Bet?

A relatively simple query raises myriad complicated issues.

The Internet Is Broken. Starting from Scratch, Here's How I'd Fix It.
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The Internet Is Broken. Starting from Scratch, Here's How I'd Fix It.

My big idea is that we have to fix the Internet.

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.

A World of Surveillance Doesn't Always Help to Catch a Thief
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A World of Surveillance Doesn't Always Help to Catch a Thief

Earlier this year, I had a beer in one of the more budget-conscious bars in the Mission district. My wallet stayed a little later than I did.

If Only AI Could Save Us from Ourselves
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If Only AI Could Save Us from Ourselves

Humans have broken the Internet.

If We Made Contact with Aliens, How Would Religions React?
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If We Made Contact with Aliens, How Would Religions React?

In 2014, Nasa awarded $1.1M to the Center for Theological Inquiry, an ecumenical research institute in New Jersey, to study “the societal implications of astrobiology”...

Artificial Intelligence Has a Big Year Ahead
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Artificial Intelligence Has a Big Year Ahead

Get ready for AI to show up where you'd least expect 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...
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