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The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed
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The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed

As an undergraduate at Cambridge University, Geoffrey Everest Hinton thought a lot about the brain. He wanted to better understand how it worked but was frustrated...

The Iphone Is 10 Years Old. Here's the Story of Its Birth.
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The Iphone Is 10 Years Old. Here's the Story of Its Birth.

Before anybody outside Apple was aware of it, the project that would become the iPhone was referred to internally by the code name Purple.

A Guide to Challenges Facing Self-Driving Car Technologists
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A Guide to Challenges Facing Self-Driving Car Technologists

In the minds of many in Silicon Valley and in the auto industry, it is inevitable that cars will eventually drive themselves.

What Happens When Your Car Gets Hacked?
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What Happens When Your Car Gets Hacked?

As devastating as the latest widespread ransomware attacks have been, it's a problem with a solution.

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future
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Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas.

The 'fix' For Net Neutrality That Consumers Don't Need
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The 'fix' For Net Neutrality That Consumers Don't Need

Netflix and Amazon have been nominated for hundreds of Emmys and Golden Globe awards in recent years, and that is a testament to both the quality of those companies...

The Trump Administration's War on Science
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The Trump Administration's War on Science

"Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people," President Trump said in his speech to Congress last month, after summoning...

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?
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Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture...

No, Robots Aren't Killing the American Dream
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No, Robots Aren't Killing the American Dream

Defenders of globalization are on solid ground when they criticize President Trump's threats of punitive tariffs and border walls.

Where Will Nasa Go in the Age of Trump?
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Where Will Nasa Go in the Age of Trump?

Two weeks after a presidential election that could have vaulted him to the head of NASA, John Grunsfeld reached across his peanut curry at a small restaurant on...

The Gadget Apocalypse Is ­pon ­S
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The Gadget Apocalypse Is ­pon ­S

Remember gadgets?

Earth, the Final Frontier
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Earth, the Final Frontier

On April 1, 1960, the newly established National Aeronautics and Space Administration heaved a 270-pound box of electronics into Earth orbit.

Silicon Valley Reels After Trump's Election
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Silicon Valley Reels After Trump's Election

Silicon Valley's luminaries woke up Wednesday morning to a darkened new global order, one that the ceaseless optimism of their tech-powered visions seemed suddenly...

How Data Failed ­S in Calling an Election
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How Data Failed ­S in Calling an Election

It was a rough night for number crunchers. And for the faith that people in every field—business, politics, sports and academia—have increasingly placed in the...

Time to Dump Time Zones
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Time to Dump Time Zones

We will awaken Sunday to yet another disturbance in the chronosphere—our twice-yearly jolt from resetting the clocks, mechanical and biological.

A.i. Inspiration: The Science Fiction That Frames Discussion
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A.i. Inspiration: The Science Fiction That Frames Discussion

Science fiction comes up often in serious discussions about artificial intelligence and weapons.

If They Google You, Do You Win?
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If They Google You, Do You Win?

Are voters misleading pollsters? Are there hidden Donald Trump supporters who could throw the election his way?

The Problem With Google's 'star Trek' Computer
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The Problem With Google's 'star Trek' Computer

Google is hoping to develop its Assistant, a Siri-like technology to be included on the company's new smartphones and other products, into something like the computer...

For the Debaters: What Shall We Do About the Tech Careening Our Way?
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For the Debaters: What Shall We Do About the Tech Careening Our Way?

Here's a question I’m hoping comes up at Monday's presidential debate: Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump, what would you do about self-driving trucks?

How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics For Artificial Intelligence
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How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics For Artificial Intelligence

For years, science-fiction moviemakers have been making us fear the bad things that artificially intelligent machines might do to their human creators.
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