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A Machine That Makes Cameras: The Aesthetics of the Lytro
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A Machine That Makes Cameras: The Aesthetics of the Lytro

Let's think about photography as people live it.

For Lonely Astronauts, a Robotic Companion
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For Lonely Astronauts, a Robotic Companion

You know the only thing lonelier than Sgt. Pepper's Hearts Club Band, and the Heartbreak Hotel, and the number one? Being alone and also not on Earth.

In China, 25 Million People ­se Only Their Cell Phones to Read Books
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In China, 25 Million People ­se Only Their Cell Phones to Read Books

On vacation in China earlier this month, I stopped by Shanghai's seven-story downtown "Book City," bustling with activity on a weekday afternoon that, as a publisher...

An Amazon Engineer Had a Little Idea That Turned Into a Billion-Dollar Business
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An Amazon Engineer Had a Little Idea That Turned Into a Billion-Dollar Business

Once upon a time, Amazon was a dot-com-era technology company best known for selling books.

The World Is Not Enough: Google and the Future of Augmented Reality
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The World Is Not Enough: Google and the Future of Augmented Reality

It is The Future. You wake up at dawn and fumble on the bedstand for your (Google) Glass. Peering out at the world through transparent screens, what do you see?

The Consequences of Machine Intelligence
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The Consequences of Machine Intelligence

The question of what happens when machines get to be as intelligent as and even more intelligent than people seems to occupy many science-fiction writers.

Iphone 5? Yawn. What Will the 'phone' of 2022 Look Like?
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Iphone 5? Yawn. What Will the 'phone' of 2022 Look Like?

The near-term future of phones is fairly well-established. The iPhone 5 was released Wednesday and its similarity to every Apple phone since 2007 serves as a reminder...

How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means For the Future of Everything
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How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means For the Future of Everything

Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view.

The Jet Propulsion Lab Is Way Weirder (and Awesomer) Than You Even Imagined
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The Jet Propulsion Lab Is Way Weirder (and Awesomer) Than You Even Imagined

For a center of cutting-edge scientific research, Caltech's Jet Propulsion Lab seems to be a pretty wacky place. Luke Johnson, a graphic designer at the lab, set...

Curiosity's Martian Playground Is Technically Located in Pasadena
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Curiosity's Martian Playground Is Technically Located in Pasadena

Seventeen miles from downtown L.A., on the campus of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, there's a small stretch of earth covered in beach sand, decomposed...

Inside the Quest to Put the World's Libraries Online
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Inside the Quest to Put the World's Libraries Online

Making a vast, open, distributed network of books, records, and images available to anyone with an Internet link is the goal of the Digital Public Library of America...

The Robot of the Future That's About to Explore the Deep Past of Mars
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The Robot of the Future That's About to Explore the Deep Past of Mars

I want to tell you about a special place on the surface of Mars. Back in the solar system's early days, a large object slammed into the red planet, leaving behind...

Inside Google's Plan to Build a Catalog of Every Single Thing, Ever
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Inside Google's Plan to Build a Catalog of Every Single Thing, Ever

The ugly truth is that computers don't know anything. They have no common sense.

Microsoft Wants to Serve You Ads Based on What You Do in Your Living Room
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Microsoft Wants to Serve You Ads Based on What You Do in Your Living Room

A new patent application from Microsoft points to a future in which your Kinect watches you, and sends ads based on your mood.

Is It Possible to Wage a Just Cyberwar?
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Is It Possible to Wage a Just Cyberwar?

In the last week or so, cyberwarfare has made front-page news: the United States may have been behind the Stuxnet cyberattack on Iran; Iran may have suffered another...

The Average Person Alive During Wwii and Now on Facebook Has 42 Friends
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The Average Person Alive During Wwii and Now on Facebook Has 42 Friends

People who are older than 75 have seen the world do some crazy things. They were born during or before Hitler's rise to power, lived through the deprivation and...

Everything You Wanted to Know About Data Mining but Were Afraid to Ask
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Everything You Wanted to Know About Data Mining but Were Afraid to Ask

Big data is everywhere we look these days.

The Philosopher Whose Fingerprints Are All Over the Ftc's New Approach to Privacy
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The Philosopher Whose Fingerprints Are All Over the Ftc's New Approach to Privacy

A mile or two away from Facebook's headquarters in Silicon Valley, Helen Nissenbaum of New York University was standing in a basement on Stanford's campus explaining...

Where 4,000,000 Phones a Year Go to Be Resurrected
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Where 4,000,000 Phones a Year Go to Be Resurrected

The first thing I noticed when I stepped into Recellular's Ann Arbor warehouse was the flags. From the rafters, the flags of the world oversee the processing of...

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I'm Being Followed: How Google

This morning, if you opened your browser and went to NYTimes.com, an amazing thing happened in the milliseconds between your click and when the news appeared on...
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