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Is Digital Privacy Becoming a Partisan Issue?
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Is Digital Privacy Becoming a Partisan Issue?

In a Congress where lawmakers have trouble performing even the most basic functions of the legislative branch—funding the government or approving judicial nominees...

Facebook Is Making a Map of Everyone in the World
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Facebook Is Making a Map of Everyone in the World

Americans inhabit an intricately mapped world.

How to Build an ­nbeatable Poker-Playing Robot
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How to Build an ­nbeatable Poker-Playing Robot

The allure of building superior poker-playing computer programs is the chance to tackle the challenge of dealing with missing information. 

How Do Americans Weigh Privacy Versus National Security?
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How Do Americans Weigh Privacy Versus National Security?

Three years ago, Edward Snowden leaked troves of previously classified information that laid bare the American government's widespread surveillance of its citizens...

A Search Engine For Your Memories
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A Search Engine For Your Memories

People are always forgetting names. That's because, at least in part, names are arbitrary. A name, in and of itself, doesn't offer much context.

The Convenience-Surveillance Tradeoff
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The Convenience-Surveillance Tradeoff

People love free stuff. That's the principle that helps explain the complicated series of privacy-related calculations that modern life increasingly requires.

Do Computers Need Pressure-Sensing Screens?
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Do Computers Need Pressure-Sensing Screens?

The computer mouse, when it first went mainstream, was awkward to describe but easy to use.

The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers
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The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers

The race to bring driverless cars to the masses is only just beginning, but already it is a fight for the ages.

Why New York Subway Lines Are Missing Countdown Clocks
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Why New York Subway Lines Are Missing Countdown Clocks

There are people who stand every morning outside the Carroll Street station in Brooklyn staring dead-eyed into the middle distance.

If You're Not Paranoid, You're Crazy
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If You're Not Paranoid, You're Crazy

I knew we'd bought walnuts at the store that week, and I wanted to add some to my oatmeal.

Engineering Humans For War
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Engineering Humans For War

Retired four-star general Paul F. Gorman recalls first learning about the "weakling of the battlefield" from reading S.L.A. Marshall, the U.S. Army combat historian...

Not Even the People Who Write Algorithms Really Know How They Work
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Not Even the People Who Write Algorithms Really Know How They Work

Not only are the algorithms that determine what people see on the Web — search results, status updates, or product recommendations — inscrutable to users, the...

Virtual Reality Gets Real
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Virtual Reality Gets Real

In 1965, Ivan Sutherland, a computer-graphics pioneer, addressed an international meeting of techies on the subject of virtual reality.

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks
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Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

A new algorithmic analysis technique can identify the disjointed patterns of speech considered a hallmark of schizophrenia.

The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the ­gliest Corners of the Internet
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The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the ­gliest Corners of the Internet

When President Obama launched his Twitter account in May, people noticed his rapid accumulation of followers, a silly back-and-forth with President Clinton, but...

Beware the Listening Machines
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Beware the Listening Machines

One of my great pleasures in life is attending conferences on fields I'm intrigued by, but know nothing about.

The ­nderwater Internet
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The ­nderwater Internet

In 1962, during a period of technological and political transition in the undersea-cable industry, the Keawaula cable station was built on Oahu’s west shore for...

Hacking the Brain
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Hacking the Brain

The perfectibility of the human mind is a theme that has captured our imagination for centuries—the notion that, with the right tools, the right approach, the right...

Blueprint For a Better Human Body
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Blueprint For a Better Human Body

When Elizabeth Wright smacks her right leg on a table, she says "ow."

Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here
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Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here

An officer pulls someone over on the side of the highway.
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