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Will Wright Wants to Make a Game Out of Life Itself
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Will Wright Wants to Make a Game Out of Life Itself

For almost 30 years, Will Wright’s creations have attracted people who would never have played videogames. He's also managed the trick of developing games that...

How to Fly the ­.s.'s Trillion-Dollar Stealth Fighter Jet
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How to Fly the ­.s.'s Trillion-Dollar Stealth Fighter Jet

The first rule of flying the world's most advanced fighter jet: Do not push the red button until you absolutely mean to.

Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'
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Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'

Google started work on the Google Compute Engine over a year and a half ago, and it was all Peter Magnusson could do to keep his mouth shut.

Google Glass Team: 'wearable Computing Will Be the Norm'
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Google Glass Team: 'wearable Computing Will Be the Norm'

Even though I followed Google's I/O Conference from across the country, the event made it obvious that a company created with a strict focus on search has become...

Microsoft's Research Boss Celebrates Legacy of Alan Turing
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Microsoft's Research Boss Celebrates Legacy of Alan Turing

What does Alan Turing mean to Microsoft and the rest of the modern tech world? Rick Rashid can tell you.

'brave' Director Talks About the Pixar Process
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'brave' Director Talks About the Pixar Process

Mark Andrews has worked in animation and live-action as a storyboard artist, story supervisor, writer, and even as a voice actor, including The Incredibles, John...

Economist Paul Krugman Is a Hard-Core Science Fiction Fan
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Economist Paul Krugman Is a Hard-Core Science Fiction Fan

If you follow the news at all, you've probably seen Paul Krugman—Princeton professor, New York Times columnist, Nobel Prize-winning economist—championing the idea...

Berners-Lee: World Finally Realizes Web Belongs To No One
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Berners-Lee: World Finally Realizes Web Belongs To No One

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the reason you're reading this story in a web browser, complete with hypertext like this and an internet address that looks like this: ...

Why Antivirus Companies Like Mine Failed to Catch Flame and Stuxnet
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Why Antivirus Companies Like Mine Failed to Catch Flame and Stuxnet

A couple of days ago, I received an e-mail from Iran. It was sent by an analyst from the Iranian Computer Emergency Response Team, and it was informing me about...

Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis
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Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis

There is one version of Craig Venter's life story where he would’ve been a dutiful scientist at the National Institutes of Health, a respected yet anonymous researcher...

Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet
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Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet

Steve Crocker was there when the Internet was born.

Google's Sebastian Thrun: 3 Visions in the 'age of Disruption'
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Google's Sebastian Thrun: 3 Visions in the 'age of Disruption'

Today we drive cars, shell out enormous sums for higher education, and navigate the world with electronics that demand the unwavering attention of our ears, eyes...

Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World
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Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World

Vint Cerf invented the protocol that rules them all: TCP/IP.

Nah, Iran Probably Didn't Hack Cia's Stealth Drone
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Nah, Iran Probably Didn't Hack Cia's Stealth Drone

Four months after capturing a crashed U.S. stealth drone near the Iran-Afghanistan border, Tehran claims it has hacked into the ‘bot’s classified mission-control...

Jeff Bezos Should Send Eric Holder a Christmas Card
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Jeff Bezos Should Send Eric Holder a Christmas Card

I can imagine Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in Seattle Wednesday morning, reading the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit on a gigantic Kindle Fire XL prototype, and...

Living on a Stream: The Rise of Real-Time Video
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Living on a Stream: The Rise of Real-Time Video

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a friend about streaming. I was marveling how easy it’s becoming to beam a live video feed, anywhere, not only to a friend...

The Stanford Education Experiment Could Change Higher Learning Forever
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The Stanford Education Experiment Could Change Higher Learning Forever

Stanford doesn't want me. I can say that because it's a documented fact: I was once denied admission in writing.

Vernor Vinge Is Optimistic About the Collapse of Civilization
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Vernor Vinge Is Optimistic About the Collapse of Civilization

"I think that [civilization] coming back would actually be a very big surprise," he says. "The difference between us and us 10,000 years ago is … we know it can...

Data Mining and Kids: Thank Goodness She Didn't Pay Cash!
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Data Mining and Kids: Thank Goodness She Didn't Pay Cash!

Remember the movie The Minority Report? It is based upon a Philip K. Dick novel of the same name. Well, the movie is supposed to portray an implausible dystopian...

Google Adds (even More) Links to the Pentagon
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Google Adds (even More) Links to the Pentagon

On Monday, the Defense Department’s best-known geek announced that she was leaving the Pentagon for a job at Google. It was an unexpected move: Washington and Mountain...
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