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The Robot Revolution Is Just Beginning
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The Robot Revolution Is Just Beginning

When industrial robots were first introduced in the early 1960s initially on automobile assembly lines—computers were still in their infancy, so the robots were...

The Robo-Help
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The Robo-Help

I have two robots that clean the floors in my apartment: the Evolution Robotics Mint and the iRobot Roomba 530. The Mint sweeps and mops. The Roomba vacuums.

Don't Be Evil, but Don't Miss the Train
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Don't Be Evil, but Don't Miss the Train

Back in 2004, as Google prepared to go public, Larry Page and Sergey Brin celebrated the maxim that was supposed to define their company: "Don’t be evil."

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...

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What Amazon's E-Book Strategy Means

First, I'd like to introduce three keywords that need defining before you can understand Amazon...

With New Comforts, Growing Complacent
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With New Comforts, Growing Complacent

Google and Facebook, young and successful companies that they are, risk being left behind as technology shifts from PCs and Web browsers to mobile devices.

Neal Stephenson on Science Fiction, Building Towers 20 Kilometers High ... and Insurance
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Neal Stephenson on Science Fiction, Building Towers 20 Kilometers High ... and Insurance

Speaking before a packed lecture theater at MIT earlier this week, Neal Stephenson worried that the gloomy outlook prevalent in modern science fiction may be undermining...

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From the Birthplace of Big Brother

The George W. Bush team must be consumed with envy. Britain's government is preparing sweeping new legislation that would let the country's domestic intelligence...

How Will the New Law on Cookies Affect Internet Browsing?
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How Will the New Law on Cookies Affect Internet Browsing?

We are being watched.

Google Glasses: Will You Want Google Tracking Your Eyes?
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Google Glasses: Will You Want Google Tracking Your Eyes?

The world was stunned by the first real look at Google's Project Glass. In a video released by the search giant, we got a a captivating look at how its glasses...

Pinterest a Company to Watch on Ip Issues, Expert Says
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Pinterest a Company to Watch on Ip Issues, Expert Says

Pinterest's growth is stabilizing after exploding onto the scene.

We Can Survive Killer Asteroids
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We Can Survive Killer Asteroids

The chances that your tombstone will read "Killed by Asteroid" are about the same as they'd be for "Killed in Airplane Crash."

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Web Privacy Rules Turn Poachers into Gamekeepers

When you "like" something on Facebook or read an online newspaper, perhaps a dozen or more companies are squirreling away data on your tastes, your habits, whether...

Cyber and Drone Attacks May Change Warfare More Than the Machine Gun
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Cyber and Drone Attacks May Change Warfare More Than the Machine Gun

From state-sponsored cyberattacks to autonomous robotic weapons, 21st century war is increasingly disembodied.

The Philosopher Whose Fingerprints Are All Over the Ftc's New Approach to Privacy
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The Philosopher Whose Fingerprints Are All Over the Ftc's New Approach to Privacy

A mile or two away from Facebook's headquarters in Silicon Valley, Helen Nissenbaum of New York University was standing in a basement on Stanford's campus explaining...

Review: Bad Apple
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Review: Bad Apple

Apple's 1997 "Think Different" marketing campaign was one of its most memorable ever.

Dns Changer
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Dns Changer

One fine night in November 2011 I got an opportunity to get my hands dirty, working on a project for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Kinect Lab Boss on the Future of Computer Interfaces
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Kinect Lab Boss on the Future of Computer Interfaces

Andrew Blake is managing director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, the U.K. lab responsible for the machine learning software behind Kinect.

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Your Privacy Is a Sci-Fi Fantasy

The assault on personal privacy has ramped up significantly in the past few years. From warrantless GPS tracking to ISP packet inspection, it seems that everyone...
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