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Spy vs. Spy
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Spy vs. Spy

Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the United States was charging members of the Chinese military with economic espionage.

How the Nsa Could Bug Your Powered-Off Phone, and How to Stop Them
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How the Nsa Could Bug Your Powered-Off Phone, and How to Stop Them

Just because you turned off your phone doesn't mean the NSA isn't using it to spy on you.

How to Make Robots Seem Less Creepy
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How to Make Robots Seem Less Creepy

Robots may be poised to enter a new frontier in the workplace—but that doesn't mean the public is ready for it.

Ray Kurzweil
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Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil is teaching computers how to read better—one more step in the march of technological progress.

Four Technology Fallacies That Need to Die
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Four Technology Fallacies That Need to Die

As any historian, psychologist, sociologist, or scientist will tell you, the truth of an idea has very little to do with how fast it spreads and how well it's believed...

Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?
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Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?

At first glance, the Justice Department's 31-count indictment of five Chinese military officers for hacking into the computers of six American corporations, in...

China's Cyber-Generals Are Reinventing the Art of War
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China's Cyber-Generals Are Reinventing the Art of War

The conventional wisdom is that the future of war will involve private robot armies, predator drones carrying out precision strikes, and maybe even the militarization...

How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works
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How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works

Six years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) decided that they had a new dream. The agency wanted a system that would overlay digital tactical...

The End Is A.i.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative
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The End Is A.i.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

In 1993, Vernor Vinge wrote a paper about the end of the world.

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Time Machines Would Run Afoul of the Second Law of Thermodynamics

We've all seen those movies where someone goes back in time and tries to change something (the classic "Grandfather Paradox": what happens if you go back in time...

Meet the People Behind the Wayback Machine, One of Our Favorite Things About the Internet
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Meet the People Behind the Wayback Machine, One of Our Favorite Things About the Internet

Brewster Kahle is quick to point out that we are not standing inside a former Scientology church.

How the ­.s. Could Escalate Its Name-and-Shame Campaign Against China's Espionage
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How the ­.s. Could Escalate Its Name-and-Shame Campaign Against China's Espionage

Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Justice indicted five Chinese military officers for industrial espionage, accusing them of leading attacks on the computers...

Man Behind the First Computer Password: It's Become a Nightmare
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Man Behind the First Computer Password: It's Become a Nightmare

In the early 1960s, Fernando Corbató helped deploy the first known computer password.

EMV
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EMV: Why Payment Systems Fail

What lessons might we learn from the chip cards used for payments in Europe, now that the U.S. is adopting them too?

Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit
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Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit

My legal saga started last summer with a knock at the door, behind which stood two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation...

Should ­.s. Hackers Fix Cybersecurity Holes or Exploit Them?
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Should ­.s. Hackers Fix Cybersecurity Holes or Exploit Them?

There's a debate going on about whether the U.S. government—specifically, the NSA and United States Cyber Command—should stockpile Internet vulnerabilities or disclose...

The Internet's History Isn’t As "open" As You Think
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The Internet's History Isn’t As "open" As You Think

This spring, the Federal Communications Commission is deciding how to regulate the "Open Internet"—a term it uses to refer to the movement for net neutrality.

Every Little Byte Counts
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Every Little Byte Counts

In "On What We Can Not Do," a short and pungent essay published a few years ago, the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben outlined two ways in which power operates...

Three Questions with the Man Leading Baidu's New AI Effort
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Three Questions with the Man Leading Baidu's New AI Effort

Artificial intelligence is guided by the far-off goal of having software match humans at important tasks.

How a Raccoon Became an Aardvark
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How a Raccoon Became an Aardvark

In July of 2008, Dylan Breves, then a seventeen-year-old student from New York City, made a mundane edit to a Wikipedia entry on the coati.
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