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Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It
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Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It

I once worked with Steven Spielberg on the development of Minority Report, derived from the short story by Philip K. Dick featuring a future society that uses surveillance...

At Sxsw, the Next Big Thing May Be No Thing at All
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At Sxsw, the Next Big Thing May Be No Thing at All

Every year, just before South by Southwest Interactive starts, the froth starts churning. Everybody begins wondering what this year’s breakout hit app will be.

Why Copyrighted Coffee May Cripple the Internet of Things
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Why Copyrighted Coffee May Cripple the Internet of Things

With its single-serving coffee pods, Green Mountain Coffee has transformed the business of brew.

Futurist Says We'll ­se Lasers to Beam Our Minds Into Space Someday Soon
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Futurist Says We'll ­se Lasers to Beam Our Minds Into Space Someday Soon

The idea of erasing and implanting memories is a common feature of science fiction films such as Total Recall and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

The Strange, Deadly Effects Mars Would Have on Your Body
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The Strange, Deadly Effects Mars Would Have on Your Body

We've imagined sending people to Mars since well before Gagarin's first spaceflight.

Why Startups Should Steal Ideas and Hire Weirdos
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Why Startups Should Steal Ideas and Hire Weirdos

The most consistently creative and insightful people are explorers.

Tim Berners-Lee: We Need to Re-Decentralise the Web
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Tim Berners-Lee: We Need to Re-Decentralise the Web

Twenty-five years on from the web's inception, its creator has urged the public to re-engage with its original design: a decentralised internet that at its very...

How to Create the Perfect Online Dating Profile, in 25 Infographics
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How to Create the Perfect Online Dating Profile, in 25 Infographics

Every day, millions of singles crawl dating sites and apps, flipping through photos and profiles of potential matches.

Judges Poised to Hand ­.s. Spies the Keys to the Internet
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Judges Poised to Hand ­.s. Spies the Keys to the Internet

How does the NSA get the private crypto keys that allow it to bulk eavesdrop on some email providers and social networking sites?

I Spent Two Hours Talking With the Nsa's Bigwigs. Here's What Has Them Mad
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I Spent Two Hours Talking With the Nsa's Bigwigs. Here's What Has Them Mad

My expectations were low when I asked the National Security Agency to cooperate with my story on the impact of Edward Snowden’s leaks on the tech industry.

Why Her Will Dominate ­i Design Even More Than Minority Report
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Why Her Will Dominate ­i Design Even More Than Minority Report

A few weeks into the making of Her, Spike Jonze's new flick about romance in the age of artificial intelligence, the director had something of a breakthrough.

The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure—and Often ­npatchable
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The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure—and Often ­npatchable

We're at a crisis point now with regard to the security of embedded systems, where computing is embedded into the hardware itself—as with the Internet of Things...

Why We Can't Let American Tech Take Over the World
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Why We Can't Let American Tech Take Over the World

Whenever an app, a website, or a physical product like a gaming console is exported, it ships with a side of cultural influence.

Software Is Reorganizing the World
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Software Is Reorganizing the World

For the first time in memory, adults in the United States under age forty are now expected to be poorer than their parents.

Why Companies Desperately Need to Make Wearables Cool
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Why Companies Desperately Need to Make Wearables Cool

Both consumer electronics and apparel are notoriously difficult businesses competing in mature industries. Wearable technology—everything from activity trackers...

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious
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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

It's a question that’s perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from?

Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here's How They Did It
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Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here's How They Did It

The internet backbone—the infrastructure of networks upon which internet traffic travels—went from being a passive infrastructure for communication to an active...

Should Tech Designers Go With Their Guts—or the Data?
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Should Tech Designers Go With Their Guts—or the Data?

For many tech companies, design is no longer subjective.

Orson Scott Card Talks Ender's Game
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Orson Scott Card Talks Ender's Game

In Ender's Game, the Nebula Award-winning 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card, a 6-year-old boy is taken from his family on Earth to an orbital military academy to be...

Inside Paul Allen's Plan to Reverse-Engineer the Human Brain
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Inside Paul Allen's Plan to Reverse-Engineer the Human Brain

In 2003, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen spent $100 million to build the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle.
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