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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."

Jeffrey Bigham: ­sing the Crowd to Help People With Disabilities
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Jeffrey Bigham: ­sing the Crowd to Help People With Disabilities

Jeffrey Bigham's research uses Web-based applications and crowdsourcing to help people with disabilities in near real-time. Is it any surprise he won a NSF Career...

How China Steals Our Secrets
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How China Steals Our Secrets

For the last two months, senior government officials and private-sector experts have paraded before Congress and described in alarming terms a silent threat: cyberattacks...

Vint Cerf Attacks European Internet Policy
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Vint Cerf Attacks European Internet Policy

Mr. Cerf, often called the father of the Internet, said that the so-called "right to be forgotten" online was "not possible to achieve."

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.

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 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...

A Rosie Future: Jetsons-Like Gadgets with 'ambient Intelligence' Are Key to Smart Homes and Cities
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A Rosie Future: Jetsons-Like Gadgets with 'ambient Intelligence' Are Key to Smart Homes and Cities

Fifty years after The Jetsons promised us a future of robot maids, flying cars, video phones and meals at the push of a button, it seems that reality may actually...

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.

Richard Clarke on Who Was Behind the Stuxnet Attack
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Richard Clarke on Who Was Behind the Stuxnet Attack

The story Richard Clarke spins has all the suspense of a postmodern geopolitical thriller.

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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...

Windows 8 a Big Misstep For Microsoft
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Windows 8 a Big Misstep For Microsoft

The venerable PC is at a crossroads.

Was Cameron's Deep Dive as ­seless as Manned Space Flight?
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Was Cameron's Deep Dive as ­seless as Manned Space Flight?

Ninety-nine percent of what we know about the solar system came to us from unmanned probes.  

A National Id Card that Protects Voting Rights
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A National Id Card that Protects Voting Rights

In December, the U.S. Department of Justice intervened under the Voting Rights Act to stay a South Carolina voter ID law.

A Robot Stole My Pulitzer!
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A Robot Stole My Pulitzer!

Can technology be autonomous?

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...

The Network Protocol Battle
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The Network Protocol Battle

A tale of hubris and zealotry.

Dangerously Vague Cybersecurity Legislation Threatens Civil Liberties
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Dangerously Vague Cybersecurity Legislation Threatens Civil Liberties

There is a spate of proposed cybersecurity legislation working its way through the House and Senate. The bills are aimed primarily at facilitating cooperation regarding...
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