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Christine Kenneally's 'invisible History of the Human Race'
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Christine Kenneally's 'invisible History of the Human Race'

Of Christine Kenneally’s father’s father—a man neither Kenneally nor her father ever knew, a man who did the deed requisite to reproduction and promptly vanished—she...

To Siri, With Love
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To Siri, With Love

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri.

The Google Formula For Success
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The Google Formula For Success

Can Google’s winning ways be applied to all kinds of businesses?

Why Is Our Sci-Fi So Glum About A.i.?
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Why Is Our Sci-Fi So Glum About A.i.?

When I was 12, I invented a superhero named Boy Genius, a guy my age who awakens one morning with access to 100 percent of his brain power.

Apple's Watch Will Make People and Computers More Intimate
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Apple's Watch Will Make People and Computers More Intimate

A fundamental quest of the digital age has been to make our devices more personal.

A ­nified Theory
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A ­nified Theory

For the last half-century we've had a popular notion that our intellectual culture is sundered in two—the literary and the scientific.

Where Tech Is Taking ­s: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell
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Where Tech Is Taking ­s: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell

Genevieve Bell grew up among Aboriginal people in Australia, taught anthropology at Stanford and for the past 16 years has worked for Intel.

The Future of Robot Caregivers
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The Future of Robot Caregivers

Each time I make a house call, I stay much longer than I should.

The Trouble With Brain Science
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The Trouble With Brain Science

Are we ever going to figure out how the brain works?

Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer
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Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer

James H. Simons likes to play against type.

Larry Page on Google's Many Arms
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Larry Page on Google's Many Arms

One way to think of Google is as an extremely helpful, all-knowing, hyper-intelligent executive assistant.

Searching For Answers in Very Old Dna
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Searching For Answers in Very Old Dna

As he puts it in the subtitle of his memoir, "Neanderthal Man," Svante Paabo goes in search of lost genomes.

Jonathan Ive on Apple's Design Process and Product Philosophy
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Jonathan Ive on Apple's Design Process and Product Philosophy

When Steven P. Jobs led Apple, he created a core principle for the company's designers and engineers: stay fully focused on making great products.

Every Little Byte Counts
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Every Little Byte Counts

In "On What We Can Not Do," a short and pungent essay published a few years ago, the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben outlined two ways in which power operates...

An Iphone Engineer-Turned-Game Maker Shares His Apple Story
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An Iphone Engineer-Turned-Game Maker Shares His Apple Story


The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.
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The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.

The best way to think about Aereo, the company at the center of this week's Supreme Court battle over the future of computing, is as an example of legal performance...

If You Like Immersion, You'll Love This Reality
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If You Like Immersion, You'll Love This Reality

The news that Facebook paid $2 billion for a virtual reality start-up, Oculus VR, might strike you as a bit zany.

Hey, Robot: Which Cat Is Cuter?
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Hey, Robot: Which Cat Is Cuter?

One recent morning, while contemplating writing this column, I scrolled through thousands and thousands of listings for mundane microgigs on Mechanical Turk, or...

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Abstract Ideas Don't Deserve Patents

The Constitution gives Congress the power to grant inventors a temporary monopoly over their creations to "promote the progress of science and useful arts."

Is the ­niverse a Simulation?
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Is the ­niverse a Simulation?

In Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "The Master and Margarita," the protagonist, a writer, burns a manuscript in a moment of despair, only to find out later from the Devil...
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