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Can Math Beat Financial Markets?

Wall Street's wild swings last week helped skew both retirement portfolios and mathematical models of the financial markets. After all, a standard Gaussian function—a...

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What Constitutes an Act of Cyberwar?

Before we get to that, there's a clue in the spelling of the word: cyberwar instead of cyber war. The U.S. Defense Department has determined that cyber is a fifth...

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The Death of Booting ­p

Remember "booting up"? It was the first thing you did every morning—you waited two minutes, three minutes, sometimes even longer while your computer ran through...

Apple's Rise to Top Means Less Than You Think
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Apple's Rise to Top Means Less Than You Think

With Apple officially becoming the world's most valuable company—at least for a day—it's tempting to engage in lofty talk about what this says about the rise...

Futurist Ray Kurzweil Says He Can Bring His Dead Father Back to Life Through a Computer Avatar
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Futurist Ray Kurzweil Says He Can Bring His Dead Father Back to Life Through a Computer Avatar

Ray Kurzweil, a prominent inventor and "futurist" who has long predicted that mind and machine will one day merge, has been making arrangements to talk to his...

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Google's Self-Driving Wreck: Really Human Error?

When a self-driving car crashes, one just has to wonder about those robots. Are they really all they're cracked up to be? Or might they be just as cracked as...

Director of Mit's Personal Robots Group on Designing Robots that Will Be ­seful in Our Everyday Lives
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Director of Mit's Personal Robots Group on Designing Robots that Will Be ­seful in Our Everyday Lives

It's all about human-robot interaction in this more interpersonal sense, like you saw in Star Wars. Until then, the way we reacted with robots was [by] remote...

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Google's Instant Pages and the Joys of a Computer that Can Read Your Mind

Chrome is reading my mind. When I type a search query in Google's Web browser, it offers me the most likely results right in the address bar. It doesn't justWikipedia...

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Shady Rat Hacking Is Not About China

Jeffrey Carr, author of O'Reilly Media's Inside Cyber Warfare, argues that McAfee's supposed revelations about large-scale Chinese hacking attacks are a smokescreen...

Meet Dark Tangent, the Hacker Behind Black Hat and Def Con
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Meet Dark Tangent, the Hacker Behind Black Hat and Def Con

The word "hacker" evokes all kinds of scary images. But Jeff Moss says hackers are exactly what the world needs more of, because they can make the Internet safer...

David Ferrucci, Lead Researcher of Ibm's Watson Project
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David Ferrucci, Lead Researcher of Ibm's Watson Project

How do you improve on a computer that beat the world's best Jeopardy! players? Have Watson team up with humanity.

The Next Mars Rover
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The Next Mars Rover

Maria Zuber, the Earle A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and Planetary Science and head of MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, says...

From Gamification to Intelligence Amplification to The Singularity
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From Gamification to Intelligence Amplification to The Singularity

I've been thinking about the combination of artificial intelligence and intelligence amplification and specifically the symbiosis of these two things. And the...

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The Auteur vs. the Committee

At Apple, one is the magic number.

The Edison of Silicon Valley
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The Edison of Silicon Valley

Steve Perlman, Silicon Valley’s self-styled Thomas Edison, has found a way to increase wireless capacity by a factor of 1,000.

Bob Young on Collaboration, Innovation, and Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
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Bob Young on Collaboration, Innovation, and Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Bob Young knows about open source and innovation. He's co-founder and former CEO of Red Hat. Founder and CEO of Lulu. Here are the lessons he's learned from open...

Bob Young on Collaboration, Innovation, and Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
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Bob Young on Collaboration, Innovation, and Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Bob Young knows about open source and innovation. He's co-founder and former CEO of Red Hat. Founder and CEO of Lulu. Here are the lessons he's learned from open...

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Can We Make Machines Listen More Carefully?

You probably use voice recognition technology already, if in a limited capacity. Maybe you use Google's voice-activated search, or take advantage of its (somewhat...

'i Fear the Net Will Soon Become a War Zone'
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'i Fear the Net Will Soon Become a War Zone'

Evgeny Kaspersky is one of Russia's top Internet virus hunters. In an interview, he discusses a raft of recent hacker attacks on multinationals, the "total professionals"...

'i Fear the Net Will Soon Become a War Zone'
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'i Fear the Net Will Soon Become a War Zone'

Evgeny Kaspersky is one of Russia's top Internet virus hunters. In an interview, he discusses a raft of recent hacker attacks on multinationals, the "total professionals"...
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