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Google Schools Its Algorithm

To humans, computer intelligence is a puzzle, as if the machines have split personalities. They can be so remarkably smart at times, yet so bafflingly dumb at...

10 Questions For David Ferrucci
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10 Questions For David Ferrucci

Why aren't you letting Watson speak for himself today? Watson is trained to answer questions for Jeopardy! It's not an interactive dialogue system, so it can't...

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Have You Driven a Smartphone Lately?

I’m barreling along a rural Michigan highway at 75 miles per hour in a gray Ford Taurus X when I glance down to check a number on a screen.

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Forgive Me, Father, For I Have Linked

Our Father, who art in pixels, linked be Thy name, Thy Web site come, Thy Net be done, on Explorer as it is on Firefox.

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World Web War I: Why Egypt's Digital ­prising Is Different

We've seen cyberwar declared before, but the one playing out in Egypt is my own candidate for World Web War I.

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What Is Artificial Intelligence?

In the category "What Do You Know?," for $1 million: This four-year-old upstart the size of a small R.V. has digested 200 million pages of data about everything...

25 Years of Digital Vandalism
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25 Years of Digital Vandalism

In January 1986, Basit and Amjad Alvi, sibling programmers living near the main train station in Lahore, Pakistan, wrote a piece of code to safeguard the latest...

Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled
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Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled

This past June, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, phoned me and asked, mysteriously, whether I had any idea how to arrange a secure communication....

Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire
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Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire

At the aptly named Tiny Thai restaurant here, a small table, about two and a half feet square, was jammed with a teapot, two plates of curry, a bowl of soup,...

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Careful When Shooting the Messenger

In May 2009, The Daily Telegraph set off a political storm in Britain when it detailed widespread expense-account abuse by members of Parliament. Among the claims...

Assange on Secrecy, China, and Wikileaks' Growth
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Assange on Secrecy, China, and Wikileaks' Growth

"Secrecy is important for many things," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an interview with Time over Skype on Monday. Managing editor Richard Stengel...

Assange on Secrecy, China, and Wikileaks' Growth
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Assange on Secrecy, China, and Wikileaks' Growth

"Secrecy is important for many things," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an interview with Time over Skype on Monday. Managing editor Richard Stengel...

Where Anonymity Breeds Contempt
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Where Anonymity Breeds Contempt

There you are, peacefully reading an article or watching a video on the Internet. You finish, find it thought-provoking, and scroll down to the comments section...

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The Lessons of 10 Years of Talking Tech

It’s a special week in America. All over the country, families are gathering in warmly lighted homes. They’re sitting down to fancy feasts at decorated tables...

A Business Creator Sees Big Returns From Social Media
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A Business Creator Sees Big Returns From Social Media

Asked to name the world’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, few people would think of Eric Lefkofsky, who is 40 and keeps a deliberately low profile in his hometown of...

A Business Creator Sees Big Returns From Social Media
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A Business Creator Sees Big Returns From Social Media

Asked to name the world’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, few people would think of Eric Lefkofsky, who is 40 and keeps a deliberately low profile in his hometown of...

Web
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Web

The origins of our Webified age were hardly auspicious. Two decades ago, Tim Berners-Lee, a British software programmer at the CERN physics-research laboratory...

Could Terrorists Launch America's Nuclear Missiles?
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Could Terrorists Launch America's Nuclear Missiles?

The Air Force calls the situation "Launch Facilities Down." On Oct. 23, a Wyoming-based squadron of 50 nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs)—enough...

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Declare War on Wikileaks

The Pentagon looks defenseless against cyberwarfare.

What Steve Jobs Learned in the Wilderness
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What Steve Jobs Learned in the Wilderness

The saga of Steven P. Jobs is so well known that it has entered the nation’s mythology: he’s the prodigal who returned to Apple in 1997, righted a listing ship...
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