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The President's Nsa Advisory Board Finally Gets a Tech Expert
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The President's Nsa Advisory Board Finally Gets a Tech Expert

It's taken more than a decade, but a critical oversight board tasked with advising the president on the privacy and civil liberties implications of the NSA's surveillance...

Obama's Cybersecurity Plan Is Meant to Secure His Legacy
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Obama's Cybersecurity Plan Is Meant to Secure His Legacy

The end of White House terms are often about trying to shape historic legacies, and President Obama is out to build his in the new area of cybersecurity.

It's Been 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independence
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It's Been 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independence

When digital dystopians and critics of Internet libertarians need a rhetorical dart board, they often pull out a document written by John Perry Barlow, co-founder...

Snowden's Chronicler Reveals Her Own Life Under Surveillance
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Snowden's Chronicler Reveals Her Own Life Under Surveillance

Laura Poitras has a talent for disappearing. In her early documentaries like My Country, My Country and The Oath, her camera seems to float invisibly in rooms where...

AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next
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AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next

Yesterday, the 46-year-old Google veteran who oversees its search engine, Amit Singhal, announced his retirement. And in short order, Google revealed that Singhal's...

Proposed State Bans on Phone Encryption Make Zero Sense
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Proposed State Bans on Phone Encryption Make Zero Sense

American politics has long accepted the strange notion that just a pair of states—namely Iowa and New Hampshire—get an outsize vote in choosing America’s next president...

To Make AI More Human, Teach It to Chitchat
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To Make AI More Human, Teach It to Chitchat

Tom was discussing the film star Tang Wei with a chatbot named XiaoIce, and the bot was excited: "A goddess! She stole my heart … and then went off and married!"...

Forget Ai—the Human-Friendly Future of Computing Is Already Here
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Forget Ai—the Human-Friendly Future of Computing Is Already Here

For many of us, the concept of artificial intelligence conjures up visions of a machine-dominated world, where humans are servants to the devices they created.

Space Mining Could Set Off a Star War
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Space Mining Could Set Off a Star War

Space is lousy with profits.

Security's Biggest Winners and Losers in 2015
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Security's Biggest Winners and Losers in 2015

This year, lawmakers surprised us by taking initial steps—albeit, baby ones—to rein in some of the NSA's mass spying and provide better oversight of the intelligence...

Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar AI Plan Is About Far More Than Saving the World
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Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar AI Plan Is About Far More Than Saving the World

Elon Musk and Sam Altman worry that artificial intelligence will take over the world. So, the two entrepreneurs are creating a billion-dollar not-for-profit company...

Huge MIT Media Lab Inventions That Transformed Our World
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Huge MIT Media Lab Inventions That Transformed Our World

For the last 30 years, the MIT Lab has been a breeding ground for technological progress that’s pushed the world into the future.

Crispr Is Getting Better. Now It's Time to Ask the Hard Ethical Questions
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Crispr Is Getting Better. Now It's Time to Ask the Hard Ethical Questions

When Chinese scientists announced in April they had edited human embryos using a new genetic tool called Crispr, the headlines blared "designer babies," and the...

How to Baffle Web Trackers By Obfuscating Your Movements Online
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How to Baffle Web Trackers By Obfuscating Your Movements Online

Online ad networks and search engines love it when you surf around.

Hackers Make Cars Safer. Don't Ban Them From Tinkering
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Hackers Make Cars Safer. Don't Ban Them From Tinkering

Virtually every new car sold today has some sort of network connection.

Guys, Lots of Signals from Space Seem Like Aliens
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Guys, Lots of Signals from Space Seem Like Aliens

Last week, astronomers—amateur and pro—got excited about some strange results from the Kepler Space Telescope, the NASA observatory tasked with searching for Earth...

Tech Companies Can Blame Snowden For Data Privacy Decision
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Tech Companies Can Blame Snowden For Data Privacy Decision

A ruling the Europe Union’s highest court yesterday may create enormous headaches for US tech companies like Google and Facebook.

Apple's 3d Touch Is the Start of a New Interface Revolution
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Apple's 3d Touch Is the Start of a New Interface Revolution

If you want to understand the potential of 3D Touch, the new of method of tapping and pressing on the screens of the latest iPhones, forget about the marketing...

How to Get to Mars ... And Maybe Even Live There
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How to Get to Mars ... And Maybe Even Live There

There's something about the Red Planet—so close yet so far, inhospitable yet perhaps not totally uninhabitable—that keeps us dreaming about getting there one day...

We're on the Brink of a Revolution in Crazy-Smart Digital Assistants
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We're on the Brink of a Revolution in Crazy-Smart Digital Assistants

Here's a quick story you’ve probably heard before, followed by one you probably haven't.
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