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Cassini Revisited
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Cassini Revisited

When its handlers finally steer it into a collision course with Saturn in 2017, the spacecraft Cassini will have been in space for two decades, 13 of those years...

Here's How to Learn How Much Your Data Is Worth to Facebook and Google
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Here's How to Learn How Much Your Data Is Worth to Facebook and Google

The anti-virus software company AVG has created PrivacyFix, an app to help you get a handle on just how much you're worth to big-time data players Facebook and...

Former Head of the Nsa and Commander of the ­S Cyber Command, General Keith Alexander
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Former Head of the Nsa and Commander of the ­S Cyber Command, General Keith Alexander

Recently retired director of the U.S. National Security Agency and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command General Keith Alexander was interviewed by Australian Financial...

The Wizard of Minecraft
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The Wizard of Minecraft

It's a wet monday morning in Stockholm, and the door to Markus Persson's office is closed.

Getting Everyday Objects to Think
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Getting Everyday Objects to Think

If the so-called Internet of Things ever becomes one of those proverbial next big things in technology, Thomas Lee, a card-carrying member of the cohort of big...

The Move Toward Computing That Reads Your Mind
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The Move Toward Computing That Reads Your Mind

Like many people in this modern world, I struggle with the tension between the conveniences offered by the latest technology and the loss of privacy that comes...

Want to Learn Quicker? ­se Your Body
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Want to Learn Quicker? ­se Your Body

Ever got to grips with a problem? Picked up a new skill? Grasped a difficult concept? The language of learning is full of references to parts of the body outside...

Computer Mice: Still a Thing
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Computer Mice: Still a Thing

For decades, the mouse was a key component of how one interacted with a computer.

4 Ways the Political Elite Try (and Fail) to Avoid Leaving a Trail of Incriminating Messages
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4 Ways the Political Elite Try (and Fail) to Avoid Leaving a Trail of Incriminating Messages

The most powerful people in the country are just not as good as teenagers when it comes to being discreet. Mostly that’s by design—there are freedom of information...

Can an Algorithm Solve Twitter's Credibility Problem?
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Can an Algorithm Solve Twitter's Credibility Problem?

On October 29, 2012, when Hurricane Sandy made landfall, I was in my Brooklyn apartment, refreshing Twitter.

The White House Big Data Report: The Good, The Bad, and The Missing
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The White House Big Data Report: The Good, The Bad, and The Missing

Last week, the White House released its report on big data and its privacy implications, the result of a 90-day study commissioned by President Obama during his...

Eugene Kaspersky: Major Cyberterrorist Attack Is Only Matter of Time
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Eugene Kaspersky: Major Cyberterrorist Attack Is Only Matter of Time

A major, global cyberterrorist attack has long been the stuff of fiction, the threat that a malevolent hacker could bring down businesses, sabotage power plants...

'transcendence Looks at the Implications of Artificial Intelligence, but Are We Taking AI Seriously Enough?'
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'transcendence Looks at the Implications of Artificial Intelligence, but Are We Taking AI Seriously Enough?'

With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's...

Transcending Artificial Intelligence
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Transcending Artificial Intelligence

While it can be a blast going to see the latest Hollywood sci-fi thriller, watching it along with a leading expert in the science and technology fields relevant...

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's Future, From Virtual Reality to Anonymity
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Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's Future, From Virtual Reality to Anonymity

No one ever accused Mark Zuckerberg of standing pat.

How Cloud Storage Complicates the Supreme Court Debate Over Cell Phone Privacy
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How Cloud Storage Complicates the Supreme Court Debate Over Cell Phone Privacy

Should police be able to search the contents of your smartphone without a warrant?

Cyborg Angst: 5 Ways Computers Will Perplex ­S in 2039
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Cyborg Angst: 5 Ways Computers Will Perplex ­S in 2039

Brain chips mean we are struggling to distinguish our own thoughts from ideas implanted by advertisers.

One ­niverse, One Life: A Conjecture
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One ­niverse, One Life: A Conjecture

Opening Disclaimer 1: Although there may be more than one universe, as per the hypothetical multiverse, we will humbly submit to our own bubble of information,...

How to Build a Gesture-Controlled Web Game with Leap Motion
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How to Build a Gesture-Controlled Web Game with Leap Motion

Modern smartphones have helped shed a light on the power of user interfaces that are driven by gesture and touch. It’s increasingly clear that touch will play a...

Maths Spying: The Quandary of Working For the Spooks
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Maths Spying: The Quandary of Working For the Spooks

For the past 10 months, a major international scandal has engulfed some of the world's largest employers of mathematicians.
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