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How 'Self-Driving' Trucks Connected the Australian Outback
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How 'Self-Driving' Trucks Connected the Australian Outback

The trucks that roam the highways of the Australian outback are a lot bigger than the average 18-wheeler.

The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper
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The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper

For years, Barbara Simons was the loneliest of Cassandras—a technologist who feared what technology had wrought. Her cause was voting: Specifically, she believed...

Does Facebook Even Know How to Control Facebook?
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Does Facebook Even Know How to Control Facebook?

Later today, executives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter will go before the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify about the ways that Russian operatives used...

Facebook's New 'AI Camera' Team Wants to Add a Layer to the World
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Facebook's New 'AI Camera' Team Wants to Add a Layer to the World

Take a video of a birthday cake's candles sparkling in an Instagram story, then tap the sticker button. Near the top of the list you'll see a slice of birthday...

You Are Already Living Inside a Computer
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You Are Already Living Inside a Computer

Suddenly, everything is a computer. Phones, of course, and televisions. Also toasters and door locks, baby monitors and juicers, doorbells and gas grills. Even ...

Inside Waymo's Secret World for Training Self-Driving Cars
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Inside Waymo's Secret World for Training Self-Driving Cars

In a corner of Alphabet's campus, there is a team working on a piece of software that may be the key to self-driving cars.

Snopes Faces an Ugly Legal Battle
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Snopes Faces an Ugly Legal Battle

On Monday, the editorial staff of Snopes.com wrote a short plea for help.

All the Promises Automakers Have Made About the Future of Cars
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All the Promises Automakers Have Made About the Future of Cars

Yet another announcement came yesterday: Volvo, the Swedish slash Chinese car company, announced that it will only offer electric or hybrid vehicles by 2019.

For Google, Everything Is a Popularity Contest
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For Google, Everything Is a Popularity Contest

When I saw that Google had introduced a "Classic Papers" section of Google Scholar, its search tool for academic journals, I couldn't help but stroke my chin professorially...

When AI Can Transcribe Everything
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When AI Can Transcribe Everything

What is the best way to describe Rupert Murdoch having a foam pie thrown at his face?

Minitel, the Open Network Before the Internet
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Minitel, the Open Network Before the Internet

In 1991, most Americans had not yet heard of the internet.

Silicon Valley's Big Three vs. Detroit's Golden-Age Big Three
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Silicon Valley's Big Three vs. Detroit's Golden-Age Big Three

Over the last 20 years, the technology industry has become the most powerful industry in the world, boasting seven of the 20 most profitable companies.

A Brief History of SETI@Home
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A Brief History of SETI@Home

The year was 1999, and the people were going online. AOL, Compuserve, mp3.com, and AltaVista loaded bit by bit after dial-up chirps, on screens across the world...

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics
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The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who...

Car Wars
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Car Wars

The stakes are impossibly high. Self-driving cars are arguably the great technological promise of the 21st century.

The 'Curious' Robots Searching for the Ocean's Secrets
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The 'Curious' Robots Searching for the Ocean's Secrets

People have been exploring the Earth since ancient times—traversing deserts, climbing mountains, and trekking through forests. But there is one ecological realm...

Kremlin-Sponsored News Does Really Well on Google
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Kremlin-Sponsored News Does Really Well on Google

In the weeks after the election, tech companies scrambled to shoo fake news off of their platforms.

How One Reporter Turned to His Readers to Investigate Donald Trump
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How One Reporter Turned to His Readers to Investigate Donald Trump

David Fahrenthold's coverage of Donald Trump’s charities this year for The Washington Post stood out for its quality and depth. It also stood out the way he did...

Why Skee-Ball Doesn't Change
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Why Skee-Ball Doesn't Change

In 1909, the same year that William Howard Taft became president, the arcade game known as skee-ball made its appearance. 

America's Secret Cold War Mission to Build the First Chinese Computer
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America's Secret Cold War Mission to Build the First Chinese Computer

It was the summer of 1959, and the United States needed a Cold War win.
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