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How Programmable Calculators and a Sci-Fi Story Brought Soviet Teens Into the Digital Age
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How Programmable Calculators and a Sci-Fi Story Brought Soviet Teens Into the Digital Age

Despite the ubiquity of computers in modern society, the vast majority of today's students never study computer science or computer programming.

To Illustrate the Dangers of Cyberwarfare, the Army Is Turning to Sci-Fi
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To Illustrate the Dangers of Cyberwarfare, the Army Is Turning to Sci-Fi

At first glance, Dark Hammer looks a lot like any other science fiction comic book: On the front cover, a drone flies over a river dividing a city with damaged...

How to Design a New Chip on a Budget
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How to Design a New Chip on a Budget

We recently had an interesting exchange with bunnie Huang, hardware guru and creator of Chumby, NetTV, and the Novena laptop, among other things. He's also theHacking...

How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race
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How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race

In October 2016, inside a sold-out arena in Zurich, a man named Numa Poujouly steered his wheelchair up to the central podium.

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google
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Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google

As excited as we are about the forthcoming generation of social home robots (including Jibo, Kuri, and many others), it's hard to ignore the fact that most of them...

Beyond Touch: Tomorrow's Devices Will ­se Mems ­ltrasound to Hear Your Gestures
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Beyond Touch: Tomorrow's Devices Will ­se Mems ­ltrasound to Hear Your Gestures

Today, we control our electronic world by touch—we tap, we swipe, we pinch and zoom.

A Radical Proposal: Replace Hard Disks with Dram
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A Radical Proposal: Replace Hard Disks with Dram

When it comes to computer storage, the magnetic disk has been top dog for almost half a century.

Openbci: Control An Air Shark With Your Mind
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Openbci: Control An Air Shark With Your Mind

Le's be clear: This is a parlor trick, not neuroscience. Nonetheless, with the help of some friends, I was able to make a toy shark fly through the air using brain...

Steve Mann: My 'augmediated' Life
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Steve Mann: My 'augmediated' Life

Back in 2004, I was awakened early one morning by a loud clatter. I ran outside, only to discover that a car had smashed into the corner of my house.

Why Smart Glasses Might Not Make You Smarter
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Why Smart Glasses Might Not Make You Smarter

Steve Mann built his first smart eyeglasses when he was still in high school and has continued to improve on his designs ever since—as a graduate student at MIT...

Google Glass Features and Apps Still in Flux
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Google Glass Features and Apps Still in Flux

In an interview, Google Glass project leader Babak Parviz discusses where the wearable device is heading in the near future.
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