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In Memory of Lawrence Roberts
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In Memory of Lawrence Roberts

Beeeeeeep.

Editing the Internet's Second Screen
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Editing the Internet's Second Screen

The great social media cleanup of the past two years hasn't seemed to leave it much cleaner.

How Sci-Fi Like WarGames Led to Real Policy During the Reagan Administration
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How Sci-Fi Like WarGames Led to Real Policy During the Reagan Administration

This year, John Badham's WarGames—one of the movies most beloved by hackers, techies, and tech policy wonks (like me!)—celebrates its 35th anniversary.

The Problem With Terraforming Mars
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The Problem With Terraforming Mars

Mars has loomed large throughout human history, our imaginations filling its red vistas with fantastic detail long before our space missions returned even rudimentary...

What Went Wrong With IBM's Watson
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What Went Wrong With IBM's Watson

What if artificial intelligence can't cure cancer after all?

There Is No Such Thing as 'the' Blockchain
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There Is No Such Thing as 'the' Blockchain

How do you quadruple your stock price without lifting a finger?

Curiosity Finds An(other) Alien Visitor on Mars
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Curiosity Finds An(other) Alien Visitor on Mars

The Curiosity rover has been on Mars since Aug. 6, 2012.

My God. It's Full of Black Holes.
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My God. It's Full of Black Holes.

The image above doesn’t look like much at a glance, does it?

Why frankenstein is Still Relevant, Almost 200 Years After It Was Published
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Why frankenstein is Still Relevant, Almost 200 Years After It Was Published

Can I be totally honest? All I remember about Frankenstein is that Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster. What happens in it?

What Is 'military Artificial Intelligence'? 
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What Is 'military Artificial Intelligence'? 

We are in an era of existential fear of technology.

Vulnerability Is the Internet's Original Sin
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Vulnerability Is the Internet's Original Sin

On the day (perhaps not long from now) when the entire internet crashes, no one will be able to say that we didn’t see it coming.

What Virtual Reality Is Good For
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What Virtual Reality Is Good For

After years as a punchline, virtual reality is enjoying a renaissance. Venture capitalists plowed $1.2 billion into virtual-reality and augmented-reality startups...

The Lessons of the DNC Hack
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The Lessons of the DNC Hack

Just days after Robert Gates became secretary of defense in December 2006, in the middle of George W. Bush’s second term, he found himself so stunned by the volume...

A Strip of Pluto
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A Strip of Pluto

I know, that image above doesn't look like much, does it? But go ahead, click it. I dare you.

What Cyberwar Against Isis Should Look Like
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What Cyberwar Against Isis Should Look Like

Pentagon officials have publicly said, in recent weeks, that they're hitting ISIS not only with bullets and bombs but also with cyberoffensive operations.

Metadata Surveillance Didn't Stop the Paris Attacks
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Metadata Surveillance Didn't Stop the Paris Attacks

Since terrorists struck Paris last Friday night, the debate over whether encryption prevents intelligence services from stopping attacks has reignited.

­pdate: Seti Sees No Alien Signals From Weird Star
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­pdate: Seti Sees No Alien Signals From Weird Star

A few weeks ago, I (and a zillion other people) reported on a star about 1,500 light-years away that was acting … weirdly.

If There Is Water on Mars, Who Gets to ­se It?
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If There Is Water on Mars, Who Gets to ­se It?

Humans settle around water, especially in the desert.

We Don't Need Humans on Mars
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We Don't Need Humans on Mars

The two mobile robots Spirit and Opportunity were launched from Earth in 2003 and arrived on opposite sides of Mars in 2004. A suite of cameras, instruments, and...

Fight Isis By Thinking Inside the Bot
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Fight Isis By Thinking Inside the Bot

What if we told you that fighting ISIS could be done cheaply, relatively easily, in a manner that would not escalate or put any in harm’s way?
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