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Okcupid's Xoxo For Big Surveillance
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Okcupid's Xoxo For Big Surveillance

Christian Rudder is a good writer—so good, in fact, it's easy for readers of Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) to be smitten by his engaging...

To Siri, With Love
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To Siri, With Love

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri.

Fbi Director on Privacy, Electronic Surveillance
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Fbi Director on Privacy, Electronic Surveillance

James Comey, the director of the FBI, says the Internet is the most dangerous parking lot imaginable.

How Big Data Algorithms See ­s—while They Eat ­S ­p
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How Big Data Algorithms See ­s—while They Eat ­S ­p

Four years ago I interviewed Sam Yagan, then CEO of OKCupid, about the mathematics underlying his free matchmaking site.

Why Germans Are Afraid of Google
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Why Germans Are Afraid of Google

These days Germany is known for being many things: a leader in clean technology, a manufacturing powerhouse, Europe's foreign policy center.

Google's Schmidt Fires Back Over Encryption
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Google's Schmidt Fires Back Over Encryption

To hear Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt tell it, the U.S. government has only itself to blame for new efforts by Google and Apple Inc. to keep police...

The Nsa and Me
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The Nsa and Me

The tone of the answering machine message was routine, like a reminder for a dental appointment. But there was also an undercurrent of urgency.

How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is
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How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

The story of how the digital age came to be involves a cast of more than 40 people, ranging from a 19th century English countess to California hippies.

Intel Meets its 'makers,' with Chips For Diy Set and the Firms They'll Found
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Intel Meets its 'makers,' with Chips For Diy Set and the Firms They'll Found

Intel's Edison chip has been launched in a rocket, floated in a weather balloon, fitted into a futuristic light-emitting dress and used to power a dancing robot...

Cyber Spy High: Meet the Nsa's Hacker Recruiter
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Cyber Spy High: Meet the Nsa's Hacker Recruiter

The National Security Agency has a recruiting problem.

How Humans Could Inhabit the Solar System
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How Humans Could Inhabit the Solar System

With our rising planet's population competing for space and resources, some people are convinced we need to look beyond Earth to help ensure humanity's survival...

What It Will Take For Computers to Be Conscious
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What It Will Take For Computers to Be Conscious

Is a worm conscious? How about a bumblebee? Does a computer that can play chess "feel" anything?

'glass Brain' Offers Tours of the Space Between Your Ears
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'glass Brain' Offers Tours of the Space Between Your Ears

Former Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart takes pride in his brain.

Cyborgs: The Truth About Human Augmentation
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Cyborgs: The Truth About Human Augmentation

At the height of summer, when London was baking in unseasonable heat, I made an ill-fated trip to the Serpentine lido in central London.

The Toughest Case: What If Osama Bin Laden Had an Iphone?
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The Toughest Case: What If Osama Bin Laden Had an Iphone?

In rebuking Apple and Google for their new smartphone encryption polices on Thursday, FBI Director James B. Comey became the latest law enforcement official to...

When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Everyone understands what it means to own a plunger.

A Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs
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A Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs

Believe it or not, I do have friends who would describe themselves as not liking math, and every so often one of them will share this meme on Facebook: And then...

Three Questions with the Ceo of D-Wave
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Three Questions with the Ceo of D-Wave

Vern Brownell, CEO of quantum computing startup D-Wave, says the company now has customers using its computers to tackle real problems.

Virtual Reality Is More Than Just Video Games For Palmer Luckey
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Virtual Reality Is More Than Just Video Games For Palmer Luckey

Palmer Luckey is on top of the world.

The History of the Predator, the Drone that Changed the World
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The History of the Predator, the Drone that Changed the World

These days, the word drone is used to refer to just about any kind of remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft.
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