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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.

How to Design—and Defend Against—the Perfect Security Backdoor
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How to Design—and Defend Against—the Perfect Security Backdoor

We already know the NSA wants to eavesdrop on the Internet. 

Want to Evade Nsa Spying? Don't Connect to the Internet
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Want to Evade Nsa Spying? Don't Connect to the Internet

Since I started working with Snowden’s documents, I have been using a number of tools to try to stay secure from the NSA.

Google in Jeopardy: What If IBM's Watson Dethroned the King of Search?
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Google in Jeopardy: What If IBM's Watson Dethroned the King of Search?

Remember Watson, IBM's Jeopardy! champion?

Why Free Software Is More Important Now Than Ever Before
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Why Free Software Is More Important Now Than Ever Before

It is now 30 years since I launched the campaign for freedom in computing, that is, for software to be free or "libre" (we use that word to emphasize that we're...

Forget Foreign Languages and Music. Teach Our Kids to Code
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Forget Foreign Languages and Music. Teach Our Kids to Code

J. Paul Gibson began to teach programming classes for teens out of frustration.

How Startup Culture Is Killing Innovation
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How Startup Culture Is Killing Innovation

Far from being the measure of disgrace it once was, failure now seems to be a sort of badge of honor. Somewhere along the way, it got to be uncool to reduce one's...

How Advanced Is the NSA's Cryptanalysis—And Can We Resist It?
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How Advanced Is the NSA's Cryptanalysis—And Can We Resist It?

The latest Snowden document is the U.S. intelligence "black budget."

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.
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