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Surrounded By Machines
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Surrounded By Machines

A chilling scenario portends a possible future.

Do You Own the Software You Buy?
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Do You Own the Software You Buy?

Examining the fine print concerning your rights in your copies of purchased software.

How the Internet Gets Inside ­s
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How the Internet Gets Inside ­s

When the first Harry Potter book appeared, in 1997, it was just a year before the universal search engine Google was launched. And so Hermione Granger, that charming...

Cubelets: Modular, Affordable Robotics For Kids and Students
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Cubelets: Modular, Affordable Robotics For Kids and Students

Robotics can be a tricky subject to teach children, and it's hard to know where to start. Cubelets is a system of modular cubes that each have one use, interaction...

An Html For Numbers
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An Html For Numbers

The Age of Data is just around the corner, right where it has been for years. As someone who spends a lot his time creating visualizations, I've been hoping for...

A Worthwhile Contest For Artificial Intelligence
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A Worthwhile Contest For Artificial Intelligence

If IBM's Watson machine defeats people on TV's Jeopardy this week, does that mean that computers are smarter than humans? Maybe not. But the performance could...

Vint Cerf Re-Thinks the Internet in Stanford Talk
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Vint Cerf Re-Thinks the Internet in Stanford Talk

To most, a wine cellar is just a cool place to keep some vintage vino. For Vint Cerf, the revered former Stanford engineering professor and graduate of the university...

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Thought Police? DARPA Wants to Know How Stories Influence Human Mind, Actions

Since it sounds like a not-so-basic- science fiction script, you won't be surprised that the scientific masterminds at the Defense Advanced Research Projects...

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Bipartisan Alliance Beats Back Patriot Act Sneak Attack in House Vote

Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives, an unlikely alliance of House Democrats and Republicans stood up for civil liberties and successfully beat back...

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Forgive Me, Father, For I Have Linked

Our Father, who art in pixels, linked be Thy name, Thy Web site come, Thy Net be done, on Explorer as it is on Firefox.

Mind vs. Machine
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Mind vs. Machine

In the race to build computers that can think like humans, the proving ground is the Turing Test—an annual battle between the world’s most advanced artificial...

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World Web War I: Why Egypt's Digital ­prising Is Different

We've seen cyberwar declared before, but the one playing out in Egypt is my own candidate for World Web War I.

Susan Wojcicki: The Most Important Googler You've Never Heard Of
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Susan Wojcicki: The Most Important Googler You've Never Heard Of

Yes, Google started in Susan Wojcicki's rented garage. But in her mind, that might be the single least important fact about her long and deep relationship with...

Keep Assange Free, Keep Internet Free
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Keep Assange Free, Keep Internet Free

It is time for the United States to drop the case against WikiLeaks. Pressing forward with efforts to prosecute an Internet publisher at home while standing up...

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Was Egypt Oversold as Top Offshoring Spot?

Before Egypt turned off the Internet, the country had received increasingly high marks from leading analysis firms as a promising offshore outsourcing destination...

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Beware the Cyber War Boomerang?

Stuxnet, most sophisticated cyber weapon ever developed, could turn on vulnerable U.S. infrastructure.

The Need For a New Graduation Rite of Passage
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The Need For a New Graduation Rite of Passage

A new organization is being proposed that is solely intended to promote and recognize the ethical and moral behavior in graduates of computing-related degree programs...

25 Years of Digital Vandalism
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25 Years of Digital Vandalism

In January 1986, Basit and Amjad Alvi, sibling programmers living near the main train station in Lahore, Pakistan, wrote a piece of code to safeguard the latest...

Technology, Conferences, and Community
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Technology, Conferences, and Community

Considering the impact and implications of changes in scholarly communication.

From Science to Engineering
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From Science to Engineering

A series of recent reports claim the U.S. education system is in a very severe crisis; others suggest the crisis is...
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