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Human Missions to Mars Will Look Completely Different from The Martian
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Human Missions to Mars Will Look Completely Different from The Martian

Landing in U.S. theaters last week, Ridley Scott's The Martian is being acclaimed as one of the most realistic portrayals of human space exploration ever filmed...

'the Martian,' Nasa and the Rise of a Science-Entertainment Complex
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'the Martian,' Nasa and the Rise of a Science-Entertainment Complex

When Navy flyboy Tom Cruise got too close for missiles and switched to guns in the spring of 1986, what seemed like an entire nation got up to follow him.

Fighting Isis Online
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Fighting Isis Online

The two men pecked out messages on opposite sides of the country.

'martian' Author Andy Weir Figured Out Faster-Than-Light Travel For His New Novel
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'martian' Author Andy Weir Figured Out Faster-Than-Light Travel For His New Novel

Readers and astrophysicists alike praised Andy Weir's The Martian for a fact-first approach to the sci-fi disaster model.

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...

Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.
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Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.

College students tell me they know how to look someone in the eye and type on their phones at the same time, their split attention undetected.

Life After MOOCs
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Life After MOOCs

Online science education needs a new revolution.

Rise of Concerns About AI
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Rise of Concerns About AI: Reflections and Directions

Research, leadership, and communication about AI futures.

Computing Is History
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Computing Is History

Reflections on the past to inform the future.

Thinking Thoughts
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Thinking Thoughts

On brains and bytes.

In Defense of IBM
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In Defense of IBM

The ability to adjust to various technical and business disruptions has been essential to IBM's success during the past century.

Keys Under Doormats
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Keys Under Doormats

Mandating insecurity by requiring government access to all data and communications.

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.

Mark Zuckerberg and the End of Language
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Mark Zuckerberg and the End of Language

Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg hosted an online Q&A session on his personal Facebook page.

I've Taught Computers to Paint Portraits — and How to Code
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I've Taught Computers to Paint Portraits — and How to Code

Falmouth University professor Simon Colton works with software that behaves in ways that would be deemed creative if observed in humans. In an interview, Colton...

You Can't ­nderstand Security Without These Classic Works
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You Can't ­nderstand Security Without These Classic Works

There are seminal books, movies, articles, and more that you've been meaning to get to but just haven't made the time for.

Nine Real Nasa Technologies in 'the Martian'
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Nine Real Nasa Technologies in 'the Martian'

Mars has held a central place in human imagination and culture for millennia.

In Search of the Keys to the Virtual City
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In Search of the Keys to the Virtual City

I'm not the first man to believe that he might fix London.

Who Won Science Fiction's Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters
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Who Won Science Fiction's Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters

Since 1953, to be nominated for a Hugo Award, among the highest honors in science fiction and fantasy writing, has been a dream come true for authors who love time...

The Pros and Cons of the 'PACM' Proposal
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The Pros and Cons of the 'PACM' Proposal: Counterpoint

In "Should Conferences Meet Journals and Where?" ACM Publications Board co-chairs Joseph A. Konstan and Jack W. Davidson introduce a proposal that would interweave...
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