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The Future of Computing Depends on Making It Reversible
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The Future of Computing Depends on Making It Reversible

For more than 50 years, computers have made steady and dramatic improvements, all thanks to Moore's Law—the exponential increase over time in the number of transistors...

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...

Jpl's Design For a Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus
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Jpl's Design For a Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus

The longest amount of time that a spacecraft has survived on the surface of Venus is 127 minutes.

Human-Level AI Is Right Around the Corner, or Hundreds of Years Away
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Human-Level AI Is Right Around the Corner, or Hundreds of Years Away

Artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly, and its impact on our daily lives will only increase.

Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at X, on the Future of Ai, Robots, and Coffeemakers
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Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at X, on the Future of Ai, Robots, and Coffeemakers

Astro Teller has an unusual way of starting a new project: He tries to kill it.

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.

The Security Challenges of Online Voting Have Not Gone Away
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The Security Challenges of Online Voting Have Not Gone Away

Online voting is sometimes heralded as a solution to all our election headaches.

Six Creative Ways to Solve Biomedicine's Big Data Problem
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Six Creative Ways to Solve Biomedicine's Big Data Problem

Biomedical research generates an obscene amount of data. Now, three funding agencies are trying to spur the development of tools and platforms to improve researchers'...

Linux at 25: Q&a With Linus Torvalds
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Linux at 25: Q&a With Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds created the original core of the Linux operating system in 1991 as a computer science student at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

What Would Marvin Minsky Read?
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What Would Marvin Minsky Read?

Marvin Minsky was one of the founders of artificial intelligence, and with John McCarthy, he created MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory...

David Divincenzo on His Tenure at IBM and the Future of Quantum Computing
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David Divincenzo on His Tenure at IBM and the Future of Quantum Computing

Theoretical physicist David DiVincenzo is widely viewed as one of the pioneers of quantum computing. He authored a 1996 paper (PDF) outlining five criteria he predicted...

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.

Why Fully Autonomous Robot Cars Hail from the 20th Century
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Why Fully Autonomous Robot Cars Hail from the 20th Century

A vision of fully autonomous, self-driving cars allowing human owners to nap or read in the car seems to come from the future.

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...

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges.

The STEM Crisis Is a Myth
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The STEM Crisis Is a Myth

You must have seen the warning a thousand times: Too few young people study scientific or technical subjects, businesses can't find enough workers in those fields...

Ajay Bhatt: Intel's Rock-Star Inventor
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Ajay Bhatt: Intel's Rock-Star Inventor

Intel engineer Ajay Bhatt invented the universal serial bus (USB) port about 25 years ago. He currently is analyzing PC architecture to provide portable computers...

Why Teaching a Robot to Fetch a Cup of Coffee Matters
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Why Teaching a Robot to Fetch a Cup of Coffee Matters

In robotics, as in life, it often takes small steps to reach a big goal.

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...
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