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How Steve Jobs Turned Technology — And Apple — Into Religion
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How Steve Jobs Turned Technology — And Apple — Into Religion

The technological values promoted by Apple are part of the Faustian bargain of technology, which both giveth and taketh away.

How Protecting Your Privacy Could Make You the Bad Guy
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How Protecting Your Privacy Could Make You the Bad Guy

There's a funny catch-22 when it comes to privacy best practices.

Your Creative, Open Hackathon Is Ripe For Legal Challenges
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Your Creative, Open Hackathon Is Ripe For Legal Challenges

NASA's Space Apps Challenge recently became the world's largest open hackathon, with over 8,000 participants spanning 44 countries.

Phew, Nsa Is Just Collecting Metadata. (you Should Still Worry)
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Phew, Nsa Is Just Collecting Metadata. (you Should Still Worry)

We now know that every day, U.S. phone companies quietly send the government a list of who called whom and when—"telephony metadata"—for every call made on their...

Connecting the Dots on Prism, Phone Surveillance, and the Nsa's Massive Spy Center
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Connecting the Dots on Prism, Phone Surveillance, and the Nsa's Massive Spy Center

Physically, the NSA has always been well protected by miles of high fences and electrified wire, thousands of cameras, and gun-toting guards.

Senator Rand Paul Talks Tech, Civil Liberties, and Keeping the Government Out of Your Email
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Senator Rand Paul Talks Tech, Civil Liberties, and Keeping the Government Out of Your Email

Rand Paul is having some problems with the jerks back at the office. So today he's bypassing them on a road trip through Silicon Valley.

Forget Google Glass. These Are the Interfaces of the Future
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Forget Google Glass. These Are the Interfaces of the Future

When we talk about design nowadays, the focus has been on the lures (or dangers) of flat design and skeumorphism; whether there should be (or really are any) ...

Why Moma Is Exhibiting Tetris and Pac-Man
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Why Moma Is Exhibiting Tetris and Pac-Man

Last November, the Museum of Modern Art said that it had acquired 14 videogames, adding working copies and the source code of games like Tetris and The Sims to...

Hear Ye, Future Deep Throats: This Is How to Leak to the Press
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Hear Ye, Future Deep Throats: This Is How to Leak to the Press

We now live in a world where public servants informing the public about government behavior or wrongdoing must practice the tradecraft of drug dealers and spies...

The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI
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The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI

There's a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm.

Jaron Lanier on the Cheap Treats and Religious Emotion of Moore's Law
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Jaron Lanier on the Cheap Treats and Religious Emotion of Moore's Law

Moore's Law is Silicon Valley’s guiding principle, like all 10 commandments wrapped into one.

Why We Often View Digital Culture Through Insect Metaphors
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Why We Often View Digital Culture Through Insect Metaphors

Swarms. Hive minds. The Web.

Let's Cut Through the Bitcoin Hype: A Hacker-Entrepreneur's Take
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Let's Cut Through the Bitcoin Hype: A Hacker-Entrepreneur's Take

Bitcoin. Everybody's talking about it. What's true, and what's hype? Perhaps the only thing that's clear about Bitcoin is that it's not going away anytime soon.

How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain
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How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain

Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn't have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field...

#freejahar Hashtag Rallies Emerging Cult of Boston Bomb Suspect
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#freejahar Hashtag Rallies Emerging Cult of Boston Bomb Suspect

Barely two days after cops apprehended Suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon bombings, supporters of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are rallying online.

How Pixar ­sed Moore's Law to Predict the Future
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How Pixar ­sed Moore's Law to Predict the Future

Whether you call it a data-driven prediction or think of it as a self-fulfilling prophecy, Moore's Law has been going strong.

A Leader of Obama's New Brain Initiative Explains Why We Need It
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A Leader of Obama's New Brain Initiative Explains Why We Need It

Neuroscientist William Newsome of Stanford University is one of two scientists tapped by President Obama to lead a new brain research initiative, which the administration...

You'll Never Believe the Data 'wiped' Smartphones Store
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You'll Never Believe the Data 'wiped' Smartphones Store

Few things are more precious, intimate, and personal than the data on your smartphone.

How Relying on Algorithms and Bots Can Be Really, Really Dangerous
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How Relying on Algorithms and Bots Can Be Really, Really Dangerous

So you can’t wait for a self-driving car to take away the drudgery of driving? Me neither! But consider this scenario, recently posed by neuroscientist Gary Marcus...

Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Internet, 1974
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Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Internet, 1974

The year is 1974, and Arthur C. Clarke is standing inside one of those cavernous computer centers that held the massive machines of the day.
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