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The Father of the Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through a 'Black Mirror'
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The Father of the Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through a 'Black Mirror'

In 1984, two men were thinking a lot about the Internet. One of them invented it. The other is an artist who would see its impact on society with uncanny prescience...

5 Ways Election Interference Could (and Probably Will) Worsen in 2018 and Beyond
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5 Ways Election Interference Could (and Probably Will) Worsen in 2018 and Beyond

If you thought 2016 was bad, just wait for the sequel.

Learning to Spot Fake News: Start with a Gut Check
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Learning to Spot Fake News: Start with a Gut Check

Which of these statements seems more trustworthy to you?

Grandfather of Vr: The Virtual Can Show the Beauty of the Real
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Grandfather of Vr: The Virtual Can Show the Beauty of the Real

Thomas Furness is known as the pioneer who stood at the inception of what we know today as virtual reality.

Are We to Become Gods, the Destroyers of Our World?
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Are We to Become Gods, the Destroyers of Our World?

In the stylish new sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, Frankenstein's old theme re-emerges in a beautifully designed setting: Instead of the Gothic castle we have a spectacular...

Considering 'the Philosophy of the Web'
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Considering 'the Philosophy of the Web'

We associate technology with the shiny and new. But humans have been using technology to change the environment and themselves since at least the lower Paleolithic...

The World Loves the Smartphone. So How About a Smart Home?
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The World Loves the Smartphone. So How About a Smart Home?

My coffee maker is texting me again. It's scheduled to make coffee tomorrow, the message says, but I need to refill its water tank.

Sen. Ed Markey On Protecting Data Our Cars Are Sharing
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Sen. Ed Markey On Protecting Data Our Cars Are Sharing

Cars and trucks today are computers, and a new report overseen by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., comes with a warning: As more vehicles have wireless connections, the...

How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is
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How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

The story of how the digital age came to be involves a cast of more than 40 people, ranging from a 19th century English countess to California hippies.

Why Do We Blindly Sign Terms of Service Agreements?
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Why Do We Blindly Sign Terms of Service Agreements?

Audie Cornish talks with University of Chicago Law School professor Omri Ben-Shahar about terms of service agreements for software and websites.

Beyond The Shadows: Apple's Ios 7 Is All About The Screen
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Beyond The Shadows: Apple's Ios 7 Is All About The Screen

At some point in the coming weeks, users of Apple iPhones and iPads will wake up to an alert that there is a new version of the company's mobile operating system...

Mit's Magic Bag Of Sand
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Mit's Magic Bag Of Sand

The camera pushes in. And there, near the meridian line, you see a faint scattering of red lights. Something is in the tar. And it's glowing.

Yahoo Buys News App from British Teenager For a Reported $30 Million
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Yahoo Buys News App from British Teenager For a Reported $30 Million

When Yahoo was founded in 1995, Nick D'Aloisio wasn't even born yet. He says he taught himself to program computers using books and video tutorials.

The Future Of 'short Attention Span Theater'
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The Future Of 'short Attention Span Theater'

We've been looking at how technology has totally changed what it means to watch television or a movie. One of the biggest changes has been in demand—people want...

In Constant Digital Contact, We Feel 'alone Together'
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In Constant Digital Contact, We Feel 'alone Together'

As soon as Sherry Turkle arrived at the studio for her Fresh Air interview, she realized she'd forgotten her phone.
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