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The Problem with Easy Technology
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The Problem with Easy Technology

In the history of marketing, there's a classic tale that centers on the humble cake mix.

The Interstellar Contract
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The Interstellar Contract

Last September, the Times reported that Voyager 1, the hardy spacecraft launched in 1977, had exited the solar system and entered the interstellar void.

Why the One Appealing Part of Creationism Is Wrong
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Why the One Appealing Part of Creationism Is Wrong

Earlier this month, Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum, in Petersburg, Kentucky, held a debate with Bill Nye at the museum.

Starman
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Starman

It was a mild October day in Hollywood, but a trace of artificial snow remained on the ground as Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium, at...

Through a Face Scanner Darkly
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Through a Face Scanner Darkly

Anonymity forms a protective casing.

Making It
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Making It

In January of 1903, the small Boston magazine Handicraft ran an essay by the Harvard professor Denman W. Ross, who argued that the American Arts and Crafts movement...

Google's Robot Army
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Google's Robot Army

A couple of weeks ago, shortly after the Amazon C.E.O. Jeff Bezos unveiled, on "60 Minutes," that his company plans to deliver packages to customers with a swarm...

The Daunting Challenge of Secure Email
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The Daunting Challenge of Secure Email

When users of Lavabit, an encrypted e-mail service, logged on to the site this past August, they found a bewildering letter on the site's main page.

Why We Should Think About the Threat of Artificial Intelligence
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Why We Should Think About the Threat of Artificial Intelligence

If the New York Times's latest article is to be believed, artificial intelligence is moving so fast it sometimes seems almost "magical."

Is Ad Avoidance a Problem?
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Is Ad Avoidance a Problem?

Back in the twentieth century, people were roughly equal in their power to avoid advertising.

How Facebook Makes ­s ­nhappy
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How Facebook Makes ­s ­nhappy

No one joins Facebook to be sad and lonely.

E-Book Vs. P-Book
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E-Book Vs. P-Book

When Barnes & Noble announced, a couple of weeks ago, that its Nook division lost almost five hundred million dollars last year and that its C.E.O. was resigning...

What It's Like to Get a National-Security Letter
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What It's Like to Get a National-Security Letter

In the summer of 2011, while he was fighting an indictment for alleged computer crimes, Aaron Swartz, an information activist, read Kafka’s "The Trial" and ...

The Prism
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The Prism

An extraordinary fuss about eavesdropping started in the spring of 1844, when Giuseppe Mazzini, an Italian exile in London, became convinced that the British government...

Strongbox and Aaron Swartz
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Strongbox and Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz was not yet a legend when, almost two years ago, I asked him to build an open-source, anonymous in-box.

Laptop ­
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Laptop ­

Gregory Nagy, a professor of classical Greek literature at Harvard, is a gentle academic of the sort who, asked about the future, will begin speaking of Homer and...

The Medium of the Moment
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The Medium of the Moment

After the Boston Marathon bombings, the process by which breaking news and information are generated and disseminated looked more ragged and exposed than ever: ...

The End of Stanford?
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The End of Stanford?

Is Stanford still a university?

The Creator
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The Creator

When Markus Persson visited Las Vegas in 2011, for the first international convention held in honor of Minecraft, the video game he designed and built, a young...

The Story of My App
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The Story of My App

Recently, I created an app called Petting Zoo. It is an interactive app for iPhones and iPads, and creating it was a difficult but interesting process.
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