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The Future of Surveillance Will Turn Society Into a Massive Online Game
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The Future of Surveillance Will Turn Society Into a Massive Online Game

No matter what the future may contain, one thing is certain: just about everything in it, including us, will increasingly be under surveillance.

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What Big Data Will Never Explain

"She told him that she loves me, which is an important data point."

A Leader of Obama's New Brain Initiative Explains Why We Need It
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A Leader of Obama's New Brain Initiative Explains Why We Need It

Neuroscientist William Newsome of Stanford University is one of two scientists tapped by President Obama to lead a new brain research initiative, which the administration...

Save a Soccer Referee. Hire a Machine to Rule on Goals.
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Save a Soccer Referee. Hire a Machine to Rule on Goals.

Referees are the worst. Anyone who plays, coaches, or watches sports will agree. They call either too little or too much. They're blind, stupid, paid off, or just...

You'll Never Believe the Data 'wiped' Smartphones Store
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You'll Never Believe the Data 'wiped' Smartphones Store

Few things are more precious, intimate, and personal than the data on your smartphone.

What Next For the 'quantified Self'?
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What Next For the 'quantified Self'?

The quantified self movement—the idea that tracking metrics about yourself can lead to self-improvement—appears to be gathering steam.

Yahoo Buys News App from British Teenager For a Reported $30 Million
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Yahoo Buys News App from British Teenager For a Reported $30 Million

When Yahoo was founded in 1995, Nick D'Aloisio wasn't even born yet. He says he taught himself to program computers using books and video tutorials.

The Promise and Perils of a Datafied World
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The Promise and Perils of a Datafied World

In a former life I was a research assistant. After painstaking weeks spent gathering data, I was tasked with putting the numbers into a statistics application that...

Are the Costs of 'Free' Too High in Online Education?
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Are the Costs of 'Free' Too High in Online Education?

Considering the economic implications as educational institutions expand online learning initiatives.

Peacebuilding in a Networked World
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Peacebuilding in a Networked World

Harnessing computing and communication technologies in fragile, conflict-stressed nations.

The Problem with Hands-Free Dashboard Cellphones
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The Problem with Hands-Free Dashboard Cellphones

Lawmakers misunderstand user experience of technology interface.

Why It's Time For Our Devices to ­nderstand What We Mean, Not Just What We Say
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Why It's Time For Our Devices to ­nderstand What We Mean, Not Just What We Say

It wasn’t just cost and Moore’s law. The graphical user interface—now known as the GUI ("gooey")—is what really made computing widespread, personal and ubiquitous...

The Era of Deep Archiving Begins
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The Era of Deep Archiving Begins

As a Dartmouth student in the early 1970s, William McDonough went, somewhat casually, to hear a lecture by a visiting celebrity. Mr. McDonough had little idea beforehand...

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Googling You

The settlement last week between a group of state attorneys general and Google over the company’s improper data collection from home wireless networks shows the...

10 Companies Chasing Innovations That Really Matter
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10 Companies Chasing Innovations That Really Matter

PayPal co-founder Max Levchin faced some flak recently when he announced he was starting a new company in the already crowded field of digital payments.

From 'wargames' to Aaron Swartz: How ­.s. Anti-Hacking Law Went Astray
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From 'wargames' to Aaron Swartz: How ­.s. Anti-Hacking Law Went Astray

Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who committed suicide while facing the possibility of a felony criminal conviction, was prosecuted under a law that was never...

Google's 10 Rules For Designing Data Centers
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Google's 10 Rules For Designing Data Centers

Google has long pushed the envelope of data center infrastructure design, particularly when it comes to renewable energy, efficient cooling, new power electronics...

Rethinking Objects and Form Are Key to 3D Printing Revolution
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Rethinking Objects and Form Are Key to 3D Printing Revolution

3D printing has already changed the game for manufacturing specialized products such as medical devices but the real revolution will come when designers start to...

Can Your Boss Read Your Email?
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Can Your Boss Read Your Email?

Harvard faculty members responded with shock after the Boston Globe revealed that theuniversity’s administration had searched 16 faculty deans’ email accounts to...

Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You
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Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You

Data companies are scooping up enormous amounts of information about almost every American. They sell information about whether you're pregnant or divorced or trying...
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