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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.

The Few, The Proud: The Millennials Who Still ­se Flip Phones
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The Few, The Proud: The Millennials Who Still ­se Flip Phones

Some people care a lot about the new iPhone, available in stores Friday. This is about people who don't.

The Magic in Apple's Devices? The Heart
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The Magic in Apple's Devices? The Heart

During the last seismic Apple announcement, in 2010, I was at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco as Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad, a device he...

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent
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Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they...

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.

Police Cameras Can Shed Light, but Raise Privacy Concerns
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Police Cameras Can Shed Light, but Raise Privacy Concerns

Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot during an encounter with police in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, was recorded by a convenience store surveillance camera...

Founder of America's Biggest Hacker Conference: 'we ­nderstand the Threat Now'
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Founder of America's Biggest Hacker Conference: 'we ­nderstand the Threat Now'

For one weekend every year, thousands of the world’s best—or worst, depending on your point of view—hackers meet in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Defcon.

Security Secrets, Dated but Real
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Security Secrets, Dated but Real

Was the National Cryptologic Museum designed using a code of some kind?

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.

Should Facebook Manipulate ­sers?
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Should Facebook Manipulate ­sers?

Should we worry that technology companies can secretly influence our emotions?

The Tech-Savvy Supreme Court
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The Tech-Savvy Supreme Court

The two major technology-related decisions handed down by the Supreme Court this week have been widely greeted by people in the tech industry as one win and one...

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.

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.

Tetris at 30: An Interview with the Historic Puzzle Game's Creator
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Tetris at 30: An Interview with the Historic Puzzle Game's Creator

Thirty years ago today, a little game about dropping geometrically strange thingamajigs — originally clusters of punctuation marks—into neat, lookalike rows kicked...

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...

The Peril of Knowledge Everywhere
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The Peril of Knowledge Everywhere

Thanks to advances in technology, we may soon revisit a question raised four centuries ago: Are there things we should try not to know?

The Move Toward Computing That Reads Your Mind
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The Move Toward Computing That Reads Your Mind

Like many people in this modern world, I struggle with the tension between the conveniences offered by the latest technology and the loss of privacy that comes...

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

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