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The Justice of Coders
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The Justice of Coders

Among the most important changes in the structure of this society is the rise of engineers and the ethics they make manifest.

I Didn't Type This Article
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I Didn't Type This Article

I'm dictating it to my iPhone as I walk down the busy city street on the way to my office in the West Village.

The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.
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The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.

The best way to think about Aereo, the company at the center of this week's Supreme Court battle over the future of computing, is as an example of legal performance...

The Limits of Social Engineering
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The Limits of Social Engineering

In 1969, Playboy published a long, freewheeling interview with Marshall McLuhan in which the media theorist and sixties icon sketched a portrait of the future that...

Death Googles Himself
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Death Googles Himself

Hey!

At Aereo Arguments, Can Old-School Analogies Explain New Technology?
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At Aereo Arguments, Can Old-School Analogies Explain New Technology?

Technology is hard. Valet parking and coat check rooms are not, at least for U.S. Supreme Court justices.

How America's Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future
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How America's Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future

Stories set in the future are often judged, as time passes, on whether they come true or not.

Driverless Cars Can't Come Soon Enough
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Driverless Cars Can't Come Soon Enough

We all know the tragedy of car accidents.

Is There Anything Beyond Quantum Computing?
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Is There Anything Beyond Quantum Computing?

A quantum computer is a device that could exploit the weirdness of the quantum world to solve certain specific problems much faster than we know how to solve them...

Michael Lewis on Exposing Wall Street's Biggest High-Tech Swindle
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Michael Lewis on Exposing Wall Street's Biggest High-Tech Swindle

Flash Boys explores the world of high-frequency trading, a scheme in which traders use ultra-fast network connections to sniff out the intentions of other, slower...

The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search For Mh370
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The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search For Mh370

Five weeks into the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, more than $30 million has been spent scouring great swatches of the southern Indian Ocean.

The Most Expensive Lottery Ticket in the World
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The Most Expensive Lottery Ticket in the World

No Exit, the new book from Gideon Lewis-Kraus, should be required reading for anybody who thinks it might be a good idea to found a startup in Silicon Valley.

If the Robots Kill ­s, It's Because It's Their Job
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If the Robots Kill ­s, It's Because It's Their Job

In the movie Transcendence, which opens in theaters on Friday, a sentient computer program embarks on a relentless quest for power, nearly destroying humanity in...

It's Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet
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It's Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet

The Heartbleed bug crushed our faith in the secure Web, but a world without the encryption software that Heartbleed exploited would be even worse.

Captchas Are Becoming Security Theater
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Captchas Are Becoming Security Theater

CAPTCHAs are a time-worn way for humans to tell computers that we are human.

Why the Web Needs Perfect Forward Secrecy More Than Ever
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Why the Web Needs Perfect Forward Secrecy More Than Ever

EFF has long advocated for websites to support HTTPS instead of plain HTTP to encrypt and authenticate data transmitted on the Internet.

Google Wants to Make 'science Fiction' a Reality—and That's Limiting Their Imagination
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Google Wants to Make 'science Fiction' a Reality—and That's Limiting Their Imagination

Self-driving cars, extreme life extension, and global wifi provided by weather balloons: Google makes projects that sound like science fiction into reality at its...

Can We Really ­pload Johnny Depp's Brain?
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Can We Really ­pload Johnny Depp's Brain?

When Wally Pfister's Transcendence is released on April 17, millions of moviegoers will be asking themselves, "Could we really upload Johnny Depp into a computer...

4 Amazing Things Nasa Invented, and 4 You Think It Did
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4 Amazing Things Nasa Invented, and 4 You Think It Did

NASA is everywhere.

Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'oversight'
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Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'oversight'

The developer who introduced the "Heartbleed" vulnerability to the open-source code used by thousands of websites has told the Guardian it was an "oversight"—but...
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