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The Four Ways that Ex-Internet Idealists Explain Where It All Went Wrong
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The Four Ways that Ex-Internet Idealists Explain Where It All Went Wrong

A long time ago, in the bad old days of the 2000s, debates about the Internet were dominated by two great tribes: the Optimists and the Pessimists.

Fiction That Gets AI Right
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Fiction That Gets AI Right

Even the most futuristic applications of AI, from robotic servants to instant health scans, somehow already seem familiar because they have been endless fodder...

Smartphones Are Weapons of Mass Manipulation, and This Guy Is Declaring War on Them
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Smartphones Are Weapons of Mass Manipulation, and This Guy Is Declaring War on Them

If, like an ever-growing majority of people in the U.S., you own a smartphone, you might have the sense that apps in the age of the pocket-sized computer are designed...

Oculus Chief Scientist Speaks About Virtual Reality in the Lab and on Your Face
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Oculus Chief Scientist Speaks About Virtual Reality in the Lab and on Your Face

While many of us are impatient with virtual reality—the best headsets are still too expensive, they need to be tethered to beefy computers, and there isn't all...

The Enduring Legacy of Zork
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The Enduring Legacy of Zork

In 1977, four recent MIT graduates who'd met at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science used the lab's PDP-10 mainframe to develop a computer game that captivated...

Hollywood Has No Idea What to Do with Vr
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Hollywood Has No Idea What to Do with Vr

Would you watch a virtual-reality Casablanca?

Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood Hacker
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Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood Hacker

For decades Hollywood has treated computers as magic boxes from which endless plot points could be conjured, in denial of all common sense.

The Step Needed to Make Virtual Reality More Real
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The Step Needed to Make Virtual Reality More Real

It's one thing to play the arcade game Whac-A-Mole by swinging around an oversized mallet; it's far easier to whack those moles virtually, controlling the mallet...

Fighting Isis Online
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Fighting Isis Online

The two men pecked out messages on opposite sides of the country.

Reality Check: Comparing Hololens and Magic Leap
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Reality Check: Comparing Hololens and Magic Leap

I've seen two competing visions for a future in which virtual objects are merged seamlessly with the real world.

What Are Moocs Good For?
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What Are Moocs Good For?

A few years ago, the most enthusiastic advocates of MOOCs believed that these "massive open online courses" stood poised to overturn the century-old model of higher...

Three Questions For Robotics Inventor Cynthia Breazeal About Social Robots
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Three Questions For Robotics Inventor Cynthia Breazeal About Social Robots

As an academic, Cynthia Breazeal pioneered research into social interaction between humans and robots, developing Kismet, a robot that used facial expressions in...

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Why Google Doesn't Have a Research Lab

Research vice presidents at some computing giants, such as Microsoft and IBM, rule over divisions housed in dedicated facilities carefully insulated from the rat...

Glass, Darkly
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Glass, Darkly

Google Glass shares much of its electronics and software with the smartphone, but it's a very different machine.

Why Google Kept Motorola's Research Lab
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Why Google Kept Motorola's Research Lab

Google's $2.9 billion sale of Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC maker Lenovo might seem like lousy business, given Google's $12.5 billion purchase in 2012 and losses...

An AI Pal That Is Better Than 'her'
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An AI Pal That Is Better Than 'her'

In the movie Her, which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture this year, a middle-aged writer named Theodore Twombly installs and rapidly falls in love with...

The Man Who Drew Up Sony's Next Game Plan
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The Man Who Drew Up Sony's Next Game Plan

Mark Cerny's soft voice and youthful looks belie the position of power he holds in the video-game industry.

The Paradox of Wearable Technologies
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The Paradox of Wearable Technologies

Ever talk to someone at a party or conference reception only to discover that the person you are talking to is constantly scanning the room, looking this way and...

The Secret to a Video-Game Phenomenon
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The Secret to a Video-Game Phenomenon

All video-game makers are minor gods.

Apple's New Mobile Os Is All About Ive
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Apple's New Mobile Os Is All About Ive

For Apple, there's a lot riding on iOS 7, the newest version of its mobile software and the first refresh overseen by veteran industrial design head Jonathan Ive...
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