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How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In
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How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In

In Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated, futuristic film 'Her,' computers compose music, carry on seamless conversations with humans, organize emails instantaneously,...

A Victory For an ­nfettered Internet
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A Victory For an ­nfettered Internet

A federal appeals court in Washington slapped the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday for overstepping its legal authority by trying to regulate Internet...

Stop Pouting About Tech's Next Big Thing, It's Here
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Stop Pouting About Tech's Next Big Thing, It's Here

It's easy to get jaded when you cover the technology industry.

Do We Want an Erasable Internet?
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Do We Want an Erasable Internet?

This is going to sound silly, but I think Snapchat was the most important technology of 2013.

The Judge and the Nsa
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The Judge and the Nsa

Federal Judge Richard Leon has become a sudden political celebrity after his remarkable opinion holding that antiterror surveillance is unconstitutional and, even...

Are Smartphones Turning ­s Into Bad Samaritans?
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Are Smartphones Turning ­s Into Bad Samaritans?

In late September, on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco, a man shot and killed 20-year-old student Justin Valdez.

Huawei Executive Talks About Cyber Security
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Huawei Executive Talks About Cyber Security

As the world's second-largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment, Huawei plays a part in the technology industry's efforts to ensure network security...

Humans 1, Robots 0
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Humans 1, Robots 0

Computers seem to be replacing humans across many industries, and we're all getting very nervous.

The 'legalization' of China’s Internet Crackdown
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The 'legalization' of China’s Internet Crackdown

Internet usage—especially microblogging on Sina Weibo, China’s largest Twitter-like social media site—is presenting new challenges and new attempts to meet them...

Should Students ­se a Laptop in Class?
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Should Students ­se a Laptop in Class?

There's a widely shared image on the Internet of a teacher's note that says: "Dear students, I know when you're texting in class. Seriously, no one just looks down...

A Peek ­nder the Hood at the Brains of Self-Driving Cars
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A Peek ­nder the Hood at the Brains of Self-Driving Cars

What car maker today doesn't seem to have an autonomous car bumbling around its test lot?

Think You Can Drive a Bulldozer?
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Think You Can Drive a Bulldozer?

As he closed the door, leaving me alone at the controls of a 41,000-pound bulldozer with list price of nearly $432,000, a Komatsu Ltd. executive shouted, "No worries...

Madden Turns 25: How the Video Game Sacked Its Rivals
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Madden Turns 25: How the Video Game Sacked Its Rivals

The year was 1988. George Michael's "Faith" was top of the pops. "Roseanne" was the number-one show on TV. Bruce Willis, starring in "Die Hard," still had hair.

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What You Need to Know on New Details of Nsa Spying

Today's report in The Wall Street Journal reveals that the National Security Agency's spying tools extend deep into the domestic U.S. telecommunications infrastructure...

Tech Essentials: How Cory Doctorow Gets Around
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Tech Essentials: How Cory Doctorow Gets Around

The co-editor of Boing Boing, novelist and fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation shares his tools for circumventing censorship in airports, easing back pain...

Hugh Herr and the Liberating Age of Bionics
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Hugh Herr and the Liberating Age of Bionics

"It's extraordinary that we live in this day and age with all our wonderful modern technology, and still we have shoes that give us blisters," says Hugh Herr, with...

Let's Rescue Metadata From the Spy Agencies
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Let's Rescue Metadata From the Spy Agencies

Once the civil libertarians have had their say, let's hope the really interesting questions start being asked.

Should Patents Be Awarded to Software?
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Should Patents Be Awarded to Software?

The goal of the U.S. patent system is clear: to provide individuals or companies with an incentive to innovate by offering them 20 years of exclusive rights to...

Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won't Hire You
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Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won't Hire You

Dear college graduates: The next month is going to be thrilling as you cross this major milestone in your education.

Bitcoin vs. Ben Bernanke
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Bitcoin vs. Ben Bernanke

Could a virtual currency created by an anonymous Internet hacker someday replace the U.S. dollar?
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