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The Many Meanings of Open
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The Many Meanings of Open

I was recently asked to talk about the idea of "open," and I realized the term is used in at least eight different ways.

Nobel Prizes 2013: Computer Models That Can Mimic Life
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Nobel Prizes 2013: Computer Models That Can Mimic Life

We talk about computer modeling a lot in the context of climate science—powerful algorithms that help scientists get a better idea of how climate systems work,...

The Godfather of Apple Design Spots 4 Looming Tech Trends
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The Godfather of Apple Design Spots 4 Looming Tech Trends

Before there was Jony Ive, there was Hartmut Esslinger.

Want to Evade Nsa Spying? Don't Connect to the Internet
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Want to Evade Nsa Spying? Don't Connect to the Internet

Since I started working with Snowden’s documents, I have been using a number of tools to try to stay secure from the NSA.

A Second Look at the 'second Screen'
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A Second Look at the 'second Screen'

Social-media enthusiasts, especially those on Twitter, tend to think their hobby is more popular than it really is. If you're on Twitter a lot, and the people you...

Humans 1, Robots 0
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Humans 1, Robots 0

Computers seem to be replacing humans across many industries, and we're all getting very nervous.

Google in Jeopardy: What If IBM's Watson Dethroned the King of Search?
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Google in Jeopardy: What If IBM's Watson Dethroned the King of Search?

Remember Watson, IBM's Jeopardy! champion?

Graphene: 'miracle Material' Will Be in Your Home Sooner Than You Think
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Graphene: 'miracle Material' Will Be in Your Home Sooner Than You Think

Just under 10 years ago, the Dutch-British physicist Andre Geim stumbled across a substance that would revolutionize the way we understand matter and win him and...

How Tom Clancy Changed Video Games
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How Tom Clancy Changed Video Games

The widespread mourning of Tom Clancy's death last week is clear testament to a man who managed to have a significant impact across a range of media.

Rage Against the Algorithms
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Rage Against the Algorithms

When was the last time you read an online review about a local business or service on a platform like Yelp?

The Lessons of Aaron Swartz
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The Lessons of Aaron Swartz

On the day after Aaron Swartz's death in January, President Reif and I spoke about how MIT might respond to the breaking news of his suicide.

What the Future of Sports Games Should Look Like
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What the Future of Sports Games Should Look Like

What is realism?

How to Manage Your Digital Afterlife
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How to Manage Your Digital Afterlife

After their son's suicide, one Wisconsin couple was desperate for answers.

Putting 'quantumness' to the Test
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Putting 'quantumness' to the Test

What is a quantum computer?

Students Are 'hacking' Their School-Issued Ipads: Good For Them
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Students Are 'hacking' Their School-Issued Ipads: Good For Them

Almost immediately after receiving their new school-issued iPads this fall, students in Indiana and in California (and probably elsewhere) managed to bypass the...

From Technology Executive to Counterterrorism Expert
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From Technology Executive to Counterterrorism Expert

Former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold has been anything but idle since stepping out of his role as computer technology czar, founding a controversial patent hoarding...

Frax App Brings Fractal-Exploration Glory to iOS
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Frax App Brings Fractal-Exploration Glory to iOS

In 1983, intrigued by an article on fractals, I wrote a program to display the Mandelbrot set on my family's TRS-80 Color Computer.

Scientists Must Spearhead Ethical ­se of Big Data
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Scientists Must Spearhead Ethical ­se of Big Data

The recent revelation that the National Security Agency collects the personal data of United States citizens, allies and enemies alike has broken the traditional...

Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be ­sed Against You
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Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be ­sed Against You

While the collection of private information by the National Security Agency is under scrutiny worldwide, a remarkable amount of your digital trail is also available...

Why Free Software Is More Important Now Than Ever Before
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Why Free Software Is More Important Now Than Ever Before

It is now 30 years since I launched the campaign for freedom in computing, that is, for software to be free or "libre" (we use that word to emphasize that we're...
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