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How to Design a Better World
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How to Design a Better World

When I was young, my teachers praised me for being good at math and art, but my father would always tell people, "You know, John is good at math."

Why Everybody Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi
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Why Everybody Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi

In a world where computers are increasingly powerful and are concealed within ever more glossy slabs of aluminum, the Raspberry Pi offers surprising proof for the...

Cyborg Anthropologist: We Can All Be Superhuman
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Cyborg Anthropologist: We Can All Be Superhuman

Cyborg anthropology is the study of the interaction between humans and technology, and how technology affects culture.

Why We Must Fight For the Internet's Freedom
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Why We Must Fight For the Internet's Freedom

The Internet empowers each one of us to speak, create, learn, and share.

How Smartphones Make ­S Superhuman
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How Smartphones Make ­S Superhuman

Both men lit themselves on fire in protest. But only one of them is credited with starting a revolution.

Why I Love Mars
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Why I Love Mars

Every now and then, I spend time on Mars. I dig my naked toes into the fine, red-orange soil, watch how it clings to my skin—and feel an incipient itch.

His Other Car Is on Mars
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His Other Car Is on Mars

On Earth, Scott Maxwell drives his red Prius without paying much attention to the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.

Why Faces Matter to Facebook
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Why Faces Matter to Facebook

Facebook really wants to know what you look like.

A National Id Card that Protects Voting Rights
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A National Id Card that Protects Voting Rights

In December, the U.S. Department of Justice intervened under the Voting Rights Act to stay a South Carolina voter ID law.

Google Knows Too Much About You
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Google Knows Too Much About You

If you use Google, and I know you do, you may have noticed a little banner popping up at the top of the page announcing: "We're changing our privacy policy and...

The Top 10 Tech Trends For 2012
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The Top 10 Tech Trends For 2012

A year is virtually a lifetime in the digital era. And yet we can at least make a guess at what will happen in the early part of next year simply by looking at...

Space Elevators and Smart Machines: Life in the Year 2100
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Space Elevators and Smart Machines: Life in the Year 2100

In my book, Physics of the Future, I make scores of predictions for this century, based on interviews with over 300 of the world's top scientists, who are inventing...

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The Scary Prospect of Global Drone Warfare

 Drone technology is spreading rapidly. As many as 50 countries are developing or purchasing these systems, including China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Iran. Even...

Meet Dark Tangent, the Hacker Behind Black Hat and Def Con
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Meet Dark Tangent, the Hacker Behind Black Hat and Def Con

The word "hacker" evokes all kinds of scary images. But Jeff Moss says hackers are exactly what the world needs more of, because they can make the Internet safer...

How Google Is Teaching Computers to See
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How Google Is Teaching Computers to See

Computers used to be blind, and now they can see.  Thanks to increasingly sophisticated algorithms, computers today can recognize and identify the Eiffel Tower...

When Will Sci-Fi Tech Become Real? Sooner Than You Think
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When Will Sci-Fi Tech Become Real? Sooner Than You Think

Growing up, physicist Michio Kaku had two heroes. The first, predictably enough for the man who co-founded a branch of string theory, was Albert Einstein. "Second...

­.s. Enables Chinese Hacking of Google
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­.s. Enables Chinese Hacking of Google

Google made headlines when it went public with the fact that Chinese hackers had penetrated some of its services, such as Gmail, in a politically motivated attempt...
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