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Proceed with Caution Toward the Self-Driving Car
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Proceed with Caution Toward the Self-Driving Car

Driving on Interstate 495 toward Boston in a Ford Fusion one chilly afternoon in March, I did something that would've made even my laid-back long-ago driving instructor...

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Why Obama's Brain-Mapping Project Matters

Last week, President Obama officially announced $100 million in funding for arguably the most ambitious neuroscience initiative ever proposed.

Mobile Computing Is Just Getting Started
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Mobile Computing Is Just Getting Started

Mobile computers are spreading faster than any other consumer technology in history.

Steve Ballmer on the Strategy Behind His Strangest Product
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Steve Ballmer on the Strategy Behind His Strangest Product

Windows 8, the most recent version of Microsoft's operating system, is the most ambitious and the strangest major product ever released by the software giant.

Windows 8: Design Over Usability
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Windows 8: Design Over Usability

Windows 8 is a computer science masterpiece trapped inside a user interface kerfuffle.

The Brain Is Not Computable
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The Brain Is Not Computable

Miguel Nicolelis, a top neuroscientist at Duke University, says computers will never replicate the human brain and that the technological Singularity is "a bunch...

Apple’s Next Innovation: TV
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Apple’s Next Innovation: TV

Steve Jobs couldn't hide his frustration. Asked at a technology conference in 2010 whether Apple might finally turn its attention to television, he launched into...

Geeks Are the New Guardians of Our Civil Liberties
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Geeks Are the New Guardians of Our Civil Liberties

A decade-plus of anthropological fieldwork among hackers and like-minded geeks has led me to the firm conviction that these people are building one of the most...

Don't Divorce Design from Manufacturing
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Don't Divorce Design from Manufacturing

The software company Autodesk doesn't manufacture anything.

What Makes a Mind? Kurzweil and Google May Be Surprised
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What Makes a Mind? Kurzweil and Google May Be Surprised

After writing about Ray Kurzweil’s ambitious plan to create a super-intelligent personal assistant in his new job at Google (see "Ray Kurzweil Plans to Create a...

It's All About the Genes and the Brain Machines
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It's All About the Genes and the Brain Machines

The amount of time and money needed to sequence genomes continued to fall in 2012, perhaps to no one’s surprise.

Why China's Homemade Microchips Will Struggle to Displace Western Giants
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Why China's Homemade Microchips Will Struggle to Displace Western Giants

If China's ultimate aim in the sphere of technology is to become completely self-sufficient, it is well on the way to achieving this ambitious goal.

How Technology Has Restored the Soul of Politics
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How Technology Has Restored the Soul of Politics

In 1979, I was an aeronautical-engineering major at San Jose State University, sneaking time in the laser lab to make holograms or running over to the computer...

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter
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The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter

Samsung Electronics is a company at the top of its game, having become the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer in the last year.

The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed
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The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed

As the head of Windows product development at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green is responsible for a piece of software used by some 1.3 billion people worldwide.

By Hiring Kurzweil, Google Just Killed the Singularity
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By Hiring Kurzweil, Google Just Killed the Singularity

Late last Friday, Google announced a jaw-dropping hire: Ray Kurzweil will join the company as a Director of Engineering. Has the world’s brainiest tech company"rapture...

Security Guru Pledges to Strengthen Critical Computers
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Security Guru Pledges to Strengthen Critical Computers

Stuxnet, a piece of malicious software discovered in 2010, targeted industrial software controlling Iran’s uranium-enrichment centrifuges. But the code got loose—and...

What Sinofsky's Departure Suggests About the Current State, and Likely Future, of Microsoft
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What Sinofsky's Departure Suggests About the Current State, and Likely Future, of Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division, abruptly left the company on November 12, shortly after introducing the latest version of the company's...

Moore's Law Is Becoming Irrelevant
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Moore's Law Is Becoming Irrelevant

Companies like Apple and Samsung are the public face of the smartphone and tablet boom, but they all rely on ARM, the British company that licenses the energy-efficient...

Why Jony Ive Shouldn't Kill Off Apple's Skeuomorphic Interfaces
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Why Jony Ive Shouldn't Kill Off Apple's Skeuomorphic Interfaces

Last week Apple fired Scott Forstall, the architect of its iOS platform, and handed his duties over to the company's chief industrial designer, Jonathan Ive. Ive...
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