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Why Nasa Is Sending a Robot to Space That Looks Like You
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Why Nasa Is Sending a Robot to Space That Looks Like You

A humanoid robot will visit space for the first time in September aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, NASA announced Wednesday. The Robonaut 2, which was co-developed...

Q&A: Systematic Thinking
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Q&A: Systematic Thinking

Andrew S. Tanenbaum talks about MINIX, microkernels, and electronic voting systems.

The Data-Structure Canon
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The Data-Structure Canon

Data structures are part of the foundation of computer science. It pays to revisit them from time to time.

Cloud Computing and SaaS as New Computing Platforms
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Cloud Computing and SaaS as New Computing Platforms

To become an industry platform, vendors must open their infrastructure technology to other product companies.

Be Careful What You Wish For
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Be Careful What You Wish For

Reflections on the decline of mathematical tables.

Development 2.0: The IT-Enabled Transformation of International Development
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Development 2.0: The IT-Enabled Transformation of International Development

The fundamental assumptions of international development are changing, increasingly putting the tools for a digital economy into the hands of the world's poor. ...

Toyota Hardware Defects/software Bugs
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Toyota Hardware Defects/software Bugs

Is embedded automotive software as buggy as a desktop operating system?

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National Broadband Plan: What's in It For Businesses?

We've heard a lot about how the Federal Communications Commission's national broadband plan aims to provide 100 million U.S. households with 100Mbps broadband...

Cars That Modify Driver Behavior
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Cars That Modify Driver Behavior

On-board diagnostics know how the car is being driven, for the sake of the driver's (and society's) own good.

Orchestrating Coordination in Pluralistic Networks
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Orchestrating Coordination in Pluralistic Networks

Learning to build virtual teams of people of diverse backgrounds is an urgent challenge.

Gaming Will Save Us All
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Gaming Will Save Us All

How gaming, as the first media market to successfully transition toward media-as-a-service, is an exemplar for a similar evolutionary transition of content and...

Nhtsa Has No Software Engineers or Ees To Analyze Toyotas
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Nhtsa Has No Software Engineers or Ees To Analyze Toyotas

A report in The Washington Post on the Congressional investigation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's response to multiple reports of Toyota...

Humobots in Space
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Humobots in Space

Despite the cancellation of NASA's back-to-the-moon program, the next steps on the moon will likely be taken sometime in the next decade under human control. It's...

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I'm Sorry, Dave, I'm Afraid I Can't Make a ­-Turn

When Toyota Prius owners take their cars to the dealer under the company's latest recall, they'll likely be out of the shop in about 30 minutes. Even though the...

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Why Google Wants a Faster Internet

There was no lack of, well, buzz about Google's new Buzz social-media platform last week, but more important were a series of moves that suggest the search giant...

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The Best Web Browser on the Planet

I like to think of myself as the Dick Cheney of the Browser Wars—an unyielding proponent of greater and greater hostilities between the developers working on Chrome...

Steve Jobs and the Economics of Elitism
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Steve Jobs and the Economics of Elitism

The more, the better. That’s the fashionable recipe for nurturing new ideas these days. It emphasizes a kind of Internet-era egalitarianism that celebrates the...

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What Apple's Ipad Means For Your Wallet


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Comment: Internet New Shot in the Arm For ­S Hegemony

Over the past 40 years, the US has been dominating the world Internet as the core technique holder with an inherent advantage of being the cradle of the Internet...

An Interview with Michael Rabin
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An Interview with Michael Rabin

Michael O. Rabin, co-recipient of the 1976 ACM A.M. Turing Award, discusses his innovative algorithmic work with Dennis Shasha.
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