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Where Speech Recognition Is Going
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Where Speech Recognition Is Going

Until recently, the idea of holding a conversation with a computer seemed pure science fiction. If you asked a computer to "open the pod bay doors"—well, that was...

The Facebook Fallacy
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The Facebook Fallacy

Facebook is not only on course to go bust, but will take the rest of the ad-supported Web with it.

How a Private Data Market Could Ruin Facebook
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How a Private Data Market Could Ruin Facebook

To justify its sky-high valuation, Facebook will have to increase its profit per user at rates that seem unlikely, even by the most generous predictions.

Neal Stephenson on Science Fiction, Building Towers 20 Kilometers High ... and Insurance
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Neal Stephenson on Science Fiction, Building Towers 20 Kilometers High ... and Insurance

Speaking before a packed lecture theater at MIT earlier this week, Neal Stephenson worried that the gloomy outlook prevalent in modern science fiction may be undermining...

Review: Bad Apple
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Review: Bad Apple

Apple's 1997 "Think Different" marketing campaign was one of its most memorable ever.

Was Cameron's Deep Dive as ­seless as Manned Space Flight?
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Was Cameron's Deep Dive as ­seless as Manned Space Flight?

Ninety-nine percent of what we know about the solar system came to us from unmanned probes.  

How Young Is Too Young to Learn to Code?
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How Young Is Too Young to Learn to Code?

When the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 spend exactly zero time in front of screens, what its members are concerned about is substitution—all...

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The Year in Computing

2011 saw the personal computer continue to be marginalized. Although PCs are still the workhorse computing device in homes and offices, the most exciting innovations...

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The Year on the Web

We've been living in the age of social media for a long time, but 2011 was the year that all the information we share online began to accrete into something greater...

Nokia's Stephen Elop Speaks
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Nokia's Stephen Elop Speaks

A little more than a year ago, Microsoft veteran Stephen Elop agreed to become CEO of Nokia, the world's largest maker of mobile handsets. Elop's job at the Finnish...

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Why Transparent Tracking Needs Its Own App

Amid widespread concern over an obscure piece of smart-phone diagnostic software that some experts say could be used to collect and transmit sensitive information...

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The Personal Computer Is Dead

Power is fast shifting from end users and software developers to operating system vendors.

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Is Personal Data the New Currency?

What if Facebook paid you? Several startups envision an era in which we are all the brokers, and beneficiaries, of our own personal data.

Why Microsoft Embraced Gaming
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Why Microsoft Embraced Gaming

When the original Xbox video-game console went on sale in 2001, it wasn't clear why Microsoft, known for staid workplace software, was branching out into fast...

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Don't ­nderestimate the Singularity

Although Paul Allen paraphrases my 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near, in the title of his essay (cowritten with his colleague Mark Greaves), it appears that he...

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The Singularity Isn't Near

 Futurists like Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have argued that the world is rapidly approaching a tipping point, where the accelerating pace of smarter and smarter...

In Profile: Ramesh Raskar
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In Profile: Ramesh Raskar

In 2007, Ramesh Raskar was one of the most promising young researchers at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs in Cambridge, Mass. Four years earlier, Technology...

All About the Design Genius Who Gestated Facebook's Overhaul
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All About the Design Genius Who Gestated Facebook's Overhaul

A conversation with Nicholas Felton shows how Facebook's new apps will uncover uncomfortable truths about users—and how the same data could enable entirely new...

Google Searching For New Ideas
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Google Searching For New Ideas

If anyone can preview the future of computing, it should be Alfred Spector, Google's director of research. Spector's team focuses on the most challenging areas...

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A Cloud Over Ownership

Online services set content free from the physical world's constraints—including those that have defined the very idea of possession.
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