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Space Elevators and Smart Machines: Life in the Year 2100
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Space Elevators and Smart Machines: Life in the Year 2100

In my book, Physics of the Future, I make scores of predictions for this century, based on interviews with over 300 of the world's top scientists, who are inventing...

Apple: Five Predictions For 2012
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Apple: Five Predictions For 2012

Expecting something from Apple can be a dangerous game, but that doesn't mean it's not fun to try and read the tea leaves every once in a while.

Quantum Computing Promises New Insights, Not Just Supermachines
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Quantum Computing Promises New Insights, Not Just Supermachines

Today's quantum computer researchers have a solid blueprint for a new type of computer that could solve certain problems in seconds that would probably take millennia...

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Intelligence, Honesty, and (my Friend) Steve Jobs

Can there be any doubt that Steve Jobs was a modern-day Renaissance man—a latter day da Vinci, brimming with creativity, invention, aesthetic and business acumen...

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Siri Means You'll (almost) Never Have to Die

Some 80 years ago, philanthropist Spencer Penrose amassed a fortune in Western gold, silver, and copper mines. After building a zoo and hospital, he decided to...

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Who Needs Keys When Siri Has Been Hacked to Start Cars?

Last week we showed you how a developer had hacked Siri to operate his internet-connected thermostat. But that's not cool. Starting your car using Siri, now that's...

Voice Recognition: Has It Come of Age?
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Voice Recognition: Has It Come of Age?

The man sits down in front of the computer and says, affably: "Computer!"

The Grounding Practice
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The Grounding Practice

The skill of making and recognizing grounded claims is essential for professional practice. Getting objective data to support your conclusions is not enough.

Debugging on Live Systems
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Debugging on Live Systems

It is more of a social than a technical problem.

Google and Microsoft Talk Artificial Intelligence
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Google and Microsoft Talk Artificial Intelligence

Google and Microsoft don't share a stage often, being increasingly fierce competitors in areas such as Web search, mobile, and cloud computing. But the rivals...

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Stephen King's Rules For Time Travel

If you're going to travel back in time, author Stephen King says, preparation is everything. The further back you go, the more you have to think about.

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Blogging the Stanford Machine Learning Class

After three weeks of frustrating math dealing with dull statistics problems, we’re on to frustrating math dealing with "neural networks"—models of how the cells...

These Are the Greatest Geek Books of All Time, Readers Say
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These Are the Greatest Geek Books of All Time, Readers Say

We revealed our ultimate reading list in "9 Essential Geek Books You Must Read Right Now" last month. Now Wired.com readers have spoken, voting for their favorites...

Why Your Next Phone Might Be Bendable
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Why Your Next Phone Might Be Bendable

As we enter the final months of 2011, the thoughts of tech watchers like me are turning to what we can expect in 2012. Voice recognition in all our devices? Touch...

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The Genius of Jobs

One of the questions I wrestled with when writing about Steve Jobs was how smart he was. On the surface, this should not have been much of an issue.

Jack Zylkin, ­sb Typewriter Guy
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Jack Zylkin, ­sb Typewriter Guy

Jack Zylkin created the USB Typewriter. I interviewed him about his creation, the response he's received, and why people are so interested in "the muggle magic...

Will Software Engineering Ever Be Engineering?
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Will Software Engineering Ever Be Engineering?

Considering whether software engineering and engineering can share a profession.

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Don't ­nderestimate the Singularity

Although Paul Allen paraphrases my 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near, in the title of his essay (cowritten with his colleague Mark Greaves), it appears that he...

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Dennis Ritchie: The Other Man Inside Your Iphone

The groundbreaking work he did with Ken Thompson led to the operating system behind everything from set-top boxes to the iPhone, but who sings the praises of...

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Dennis Ritchie: The Shoulders Steve Jobs Stood On

The tributes to Dennis Ritchie won’t match the river of praise that spilled out over the web after the death of Steve Jobs. But they should.
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