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What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science
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What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science

In August Google employee James Damore made the news and even Wikipedia by publishing his speculation that female software engineers are underrepresented due to...

Artificial Intelligence: The Future Is Superintelligent
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Artificial Intelligence: The Future Is Superintelligent

Max Tegmark is a renowned physicist. He is also the irrepressibly optimistic co-founder of the Future of Life Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts (motto: "Technology...

How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race
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How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race

In October 2016, inside a sold-out arena in Zurich, a man named Numa Poujouly steered his wheelchair up to the central podium.

The Future of Computing Depends on Making It Reversible
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The Future of Computing Depends on Making It Reversible

For more than 50 years, computers have made steady and dramatic improvements, all thanks to Moore's Law—the exponential increase over time in the number of transistors...

Is the Power Grid Getting More Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks?
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Is the Power Grid Getting More Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks?

Two weeks ago it was cyberattacks on the Irish power grid. Last month it was a digital assault on U.S. energy companies, including a nuclear power plant. Back in...

What I Learned at Gerrymandering Summer Camp
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What I Learned at Gerrymandering Summer Camp

At 6'5", Aaron Dennis towers over the whiteboard beside him.

The Myth of the Skills Gap
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The Myth of the Skills Gap

The contention that America's workers lack the skills employers demand is an article of faith among analysts, politicians, and pundits of every stripe, from conservative...

How the Voyager Golden Record Was Made
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How the Voyager Golden Record Was Made

We inhabit a small planet orbiting a medium-sized star about two-thirds of the way out from the center of the Milky Way galaxy—around where Track 2 on an LP record...

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google
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Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google

As excited as we are about the forthcoming generation of social home robots (including Jibo, Kuri, and many others), it's hard to ignore the fact that most of them...

How Quantum Mechanics Can Change computing
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How Quantum Mechanics Can Change computing

In early July, Google announced that it will expand its commercially available cloud computing services to include quantum computing.

Multitasking Without Thrashing
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Multitasking Without Thrashing

Lessons from operating systems teach how to do multitasking without thrashing.

Why Agile Teams Fail Without UX Research
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Why Agile Teams Fail Without UX Research

Failures to involve end users or to collect comprehensive data representing user needs are described and solutions to avoid such failures are proposed.

A Hunt For Ways to Combat Online Radicalization
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A Hunt For Ways to Combat Online Radicalization

Law enforcement officials, technology companies and lawmakers have long tried to limit what they call the "radicalization" of young people over the internet.

Sorry, Banning 'killer Robots' Just Isn't Practical
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Sorry, Banning 'killer Robots' Just Isn't Practical

Late Sunday, 116 entrepreneurs, including Elon Musk, released a letter to the United Nations warning of the dangerous "Pandora's Box" presented by weapons that...

The Enduring Legacy of Zork
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The Enduring Legacy of Zork

In 1977, four recent MIT graduates who'd met at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science used the lab's PDP-10 mainframe to develop a computer game that captivated...

Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers
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Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers

Andrew Ng has led teams at Google and Baidu that have gone on to create self-learning computer programs used by hundreds of millions of people, including email...

Fighting Neo-Nazis and the Future of Free Expression
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Fighting Neo-Nazis and the Future of Free Expression

In the wake of Charlottesville, both GoDaddy and Google have refused to manage the domain registration for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that, in the...

Everyone Thinks That Automation Will Take Our Jobs. The Evidence Disagrees
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Everyone Thinks That Automation Will Take Our Jobs. The Evidence Disagrees

Last year, the Japanese company SoftBank opened a cell phone store in Tokyo and staffed it entirely with sales associates named Pepper. This wasn't as hard as it...

Magical Technologies Just Over the Horizon
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Magical Technologies Just Over the Horizon

We the people have always been helplessly drawn to the concept of magic: the notion that you can will something to happen by wiggling your nose, speaking special...

Why Video Games Are Obsessed With the Apocalypse
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Why Video Games Are Obsessed With the Apocalypse

Video games are, in a way, the perfect medium through which to depict the post-apocalypse. If we assume that after the collapse of civilisation everyone will revert...
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