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Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future
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Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas.

Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study ethics
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Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study ethics

Computer scientists at Stanford are not taught to seriously consider the societal or political impact of their products. This oversight is troubling since technology...

On the Future of Human-Centered Robotics
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On the Future of Human-Centered Robotics

A major theme in recent political discourse has been the perceived impact of robots and automation on the United States labor economy.

Eric Schmidt Discusses Computing, Ai, and the Future of Technology
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Eric Schmidt Discusses Computing, Ai, and the Future of Technology

Self-driving cars, the state of computer science research, artificial intelligence, and other topics were all on the table when MIT' CSAIL hosted Alphabet Chairman...

Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads
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Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads

In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he'd decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small...

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics
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The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who...

Defending Science: How the Art of Rhetoric Can help
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Defending Science: How the Art of Rhetoric Can help

Science seems to be under attack in America, so much so that scientists and their supporters are marching in the streets.

You've Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented 'almost Everything'
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You've Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented 'almost Everything'


Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty to Address Challenges in Teaching Computer Science
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Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty to Address Challenges in Teaching Computer Science

Using a "boot camp" workshop for new faculty orientation.

The Anonymization Debate Should Be About Risk, Not Perfection
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The Anonymization Debate Should Be About Risk, Not Perfection

Focusing on the process of anonymity rather than pursuing the unattainable goal of guaranteed safety.

President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'hire American' Too
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President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'hire American' Too

The same week that President Trump issued his hire American executive order, the president of one of China's top tech companies said his company wants to do the...

How to Build Your Own Moonshot Lab, According to Astro Teller
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How to Build Your Own Moonshot Lab, According to Astro Teller

From balloon-based Internet to self-driving cars, Astro Teller and his team have produced some of the world's most ambitious technology products.

Bill Gates Is Wrong: The Solution to AI Taking Jobs Is Training, Not Taxes
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Bill Gates Is Wrong: The Solution to AI Taking Jobs Is Training, Not Taxes

Let's take a breath: Robots and artificial intelligence systems are nowhere near displacing the human workforce.

Introducing 'operator 4.0,' A tech-Augmented Human worker
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Introducing 'operator 4.0,' A tech-Augmented Human worker

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived.

Track How Technology Is Transforming Work
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Track How Technology Is Transforming Work

Advances in technology pose huge challenges for jobs. Productivity levels have never been higher in the United States, for example, but income for the bottom 50...

War By Any Means: The Story of DARPA
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War By Any Means: The Story of DARPA

Shortly after arriving at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in April 1958, the new chief scientist presented a plan to the agency's director.

The Trump Administration's War on Science
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The Trump Administration's War on Science

"Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people," President Trump said in his speech to Congress last month, after summoning...

What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur Today
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What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur Today

In his keynote address before the fifth edition of the Tech Open Air conference in Berlin in 2016, Kickstarter's cofounder and CEO Yancey Strickler suggests the...

Wanted: Toolsmiths
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Wanted: Toolsmiths

Seeking to use software, hardware, and algorithmic ingenuity to create unique domain-independent instruments.

Online Social Networks and Global Women's Empowerment
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Online Social Networks and Global Women's Empowerment

Mediating social change or reinforcing male hegemony?
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