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Forget Turing—i Want to Test Computer Creativity
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Forget Turing—i Want to Test Computer Creativity

What are the elements of the Turing test?

Get Your Head Around the 13 Boldest Ideas in Science
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Get Your Head Around the 13 Boldest Ideas in Science

Science is full of mind-blowing and counterintuitive concepts.

How Big Data Algorithms See ­s—while They Eat ­S ­p
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How Big Data Algorithms See ­s—while They Eat ­S ­p

Four years ago I interviewed Sam Yagan, then CEO of OKCupid, about the mathematics underlying his free matchmaking site.

What It's Like to Fly Passenger Planes from the Ground
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What It's Like to Fly Passenger Planes from the Ground

Bob Fraser explains what it feels like to pilot a Jetstream airliner containing passengers on 800-kilometre trips from his desk at BAE Systems in Warton, U.K.

Defending the Grand Vision of the Human Brain Project
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Defending the Grand Vision of the Human Brain Project

"A grass roots effort is under way to stop the project... 'Mediocre science, terrible science policy,' begins the spirited letter…"

Dobby, Pikachu, and Kermit Are My Robots' Role Models
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Dobby, Pikachu, and Kermit Are My Robots' Role Models

Humanoid robots aren't very charismatic yet.

My Duolingo Learning App Can Reshape Education
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My Duolingo Learning App Can Reshape Education

Duolingo users are making new courses for people who speak Asian languages like Chinese and Hindi. How does that work?

Cyborg Angst: 5 Ways Computers Will Perplex ­S in 2039
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Cyborg Angst: 5 Ways Computers Will Perplex ­S in 2039

Brain chips mean we are struggling to distinguish our own thoughts from ideas implanted by advertisers.

Smallest Subversive: Mathematical Fight For Our World
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Smallest Subversive: Mathematical Fight For Our World

Did you know that every time you use your cellphone, you strike a blow for republicanism against both monarchy and a fixed Divine Order?

Roomba Creator: Robot Doubles Need More Charisma
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Roomba Creator: Robot Doubles Need More Charisma

Colin Angle is co-founder and CEO of iRobot in Bedford, Massachusetts.

Bitcoin: How Its Core Technology Will Change the World
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Bitcoin: How Its Core Technology Will Change the World

Bitcoin has been called many things, from the future of money to a drug dealer's dream and everything else in between.

The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak
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The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak

Physicist John Pendry talks about the profound physics obscured by his invisibility cloak and how metamaterials could help realise the perfect lens.

Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes
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Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes

How has the definition of life changed during your lifetime?

Nasa Is Turning Science Fiction Into Fact
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Nasa Is Turning Science Fiction Into Fact

As a new moon orbiter gets set to launch, Pete Worden, director of NASA Ames, says forget the 20th—this is the real space century.

State of Innovation: Busting the Private-Sector Myth
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State of Innovation: Busting the Private-Sector Myth

Images of tech entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs are continually thrown at us by politicians, economists and the media.

Meet the Nasa Scientist Devising a Starship Warp Drive
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Meet the Nasa Scientist Devising a Starship Warp Drive

The idea that nothing can exceed the speed of light limits our interstellar ambitions. How do we get round this?

Mathematicians Think Like Machines For Perfect Proofs
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Mathematicians Think Like Machines For Perfect Proofs


The Trouble With Neuroscience
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The Trouble With Neuroscience

No crevice of the human experience is safe.

'the Idea We Live in a Simulation Isn't Science Fiction'
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'the Idea We Live in a Simulation Isn't Science Fiction'

If the universe is just a Matrix-like simulation, how could we ever know? Physicist Silas Beane thinks he has the answer.

'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'
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'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'

Soon we'll be able to engineer living things with mechanical precision, says Tom Knight, father of synthetic biology.
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