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Rudy Rucker: 'all These Years, and I'm Still Looking For the Big Aha'
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Rudy Rucker: 'all These Years, and I'm Still Looking For the Big Aha'

"When I see an old movie, like from the '40s or '50s or '60s, the people look so calm. They don't have smart phones, they're not looking at computer screens, they're...

The Mathematical Equation that Caused the Banks to Crash
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The Mathematical Equation that Caused the Banks to Crash

It was the holy grail of investors. The Black-Scholes equation, brainchild of economists Fischer Black and Myron Scholes, provided a rational way to price a financial...

Why William Gibson Distrusts Aging Futurists' Nostalgia
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Why William Gibson Distrusts Aging Futurists' Nostalgia

Few things seem more pathetic than a science fiction writer who pines for the "good old days." 

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The Science Fiction Effect

It's alive! Neurophysiology. Huddled around a warm fireplace one cold summer's night in 1816, a small group of friends decided to hold a competition to see who...

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No Objections to Nano?

Some forms of biotechnology have become notoriously controversial. Genetic modification of crops, for example, altered the food supply in ways some consumers...

Designing Windows 8, or How to Redesign a Religion
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Designing Windows 8, or How to Redesign a Religion

There are lot of hard jobs at Microsoft. But Sam Moreau just might have the hardest of all. Or at least the most harrowing. Over the past five years, he's taken...

'a Clockwork Orange' Strikes 40
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'a Clockwork Orange' Strikes 40

The New York Times recently ran an opinion piece about the concept of a morality pill, a theoretical-but-apparently-not-implausible panacea for humankind's ethical...

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Rethinking the Soul As the 'net Becomes More Lifelike

Does the Internet have a soul?

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Time For Robots to Get Real

From robotic slug-killers to dancing humanoids, there's a lot of media buzz around robots.

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Sebastian Thrun Resigns from Stanford to Launch ­dacity

Professor Sebastian Thrun has given up his Stanford position to start Udacity—an online educational venture. Udacity's first two free courses are Building a Search...

Wanton Acts of Debuggery
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Wanton Acts of Debuggery

Keep your debug messages clear, useful, and not annoying.

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It's Time to Start 3d Scanning the World

When Microsoft was developing its Kinect 3D sensor, a critical task was to calibrate its algorithms to rapidly and accurately recognize parts of the human body,...

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Looking Backward to Put New Technologies in Focus

More than most of us, the science historian George Dyson spends his days thinking about technologies, old and very new.

Building the Team That Built Watson
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Building the Team That Built Watson

The assignment was one of the biggest challenges in the field of artificial intelligence: build a computer smart enough to beat grand champions at the game of...

An Interview with Stephen A. Cook
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An Interview with Stephen A. Cook

Stephen A. Cook, winner of the 1982 A.M. Turing Award, reflects on his career.

The Difference Engine
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The Difference Engine

Observations on cognitive diversity and team performance.

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The Future of Moral Machines

A robot walks into a bar and says, "I’ll have a screwdriver." A bad joke, indeed. But even less funny if the robot says "Give me what’s in your cash register."...

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The Benefits of Video Games

In addition to understanding the many real concerns that today's parents have with video games, it's also worth considering the benefits and positive aspects...

Marc Andreessen: Predictions For 2012 (and Beyond)
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Marc Andreessen: Predictions For 2012 (and Beyond)

Marc Andreessen's view of the world boils down to software.

The Top 10 Tech Trends For 2012
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The Top 10 Tech Trends For 2012

A year is virtually a lifetime in the digital era. And yet we can at least make a guess at what will happen in the early part of next year simply by looking at...
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