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A High-Tech War on Leaks
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A High-Tech War on Leaks

Back in 2006, before the Obama administration made leak prosecutions routine, a panel of three federal appeals court judges in New York struggled to decide whether...

Rudy Rucker: 'all These Years, and I'm Still Looking For the Big Aha'
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Rudy Rucker: 'all These Years, and I'm Still Looking For the Big Aha'

"When I see an old movie, like from the '40s or '50s or '60s, the people look so calm. They don't have smart phones, they're not looking at computer screens, they're...

The Mathematical Equation that Caused the Banks to Crash
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The Mathematical Equation that Caused the Banks to Crash

It was the holy grail of investors. The Black-Scholes equation, brainchild of economists Fischer Black and Myron Scholes, provided a rational way to price a financial...

Cyberwar Is the New Yellowcake, Fueling a Cybersecurity-Industrial Complex
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Cyberwar Is the New Yellowcake, Fueling a Cybersecurity-Industrial Complex

In last month's State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to pass "legislation that will secure our country from the growing dangers of cyber...

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A Cyber Risk to the ­.s.

In a recent briefing to Congress about worldwide threats, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said that the danger of cyberattacks will equal or surpass the danger...

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Tides Are Changing For Web Surfers

David Weinberger has a new book out entitled Too Big to Know in which he argues that one of the implications of a comprehensively networked society is that the...

Erasing the Boundaries
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Erasing the Boundaries

Technology used to be so simple.

Are Supercomputers Worth Their Super Price Tags?
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Are Supercomputers Worth Their Super Price Tags?

"Why do we have to aim for the world's No. 1 — what's wrong with being the world's No. 2?" That short question about Japan's vaunted K supercomputer program has...

Google Knows Too Much About You
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Google Knows Too Much About You

If you use Google, and I know you do, you may have noticed a little banner popping up at the top of the page announcing: "We're changing our privacy policy and...

Why William Gibson Distrusts Aging Futurists' Nostalgia
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Why William Gibson Distrusts Aging Futurists' Nostalgia

Few things seem more pathetic than a science fiction writer who pines for the "good old days." 

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The Science Fiction Effect

It's alive! Neurophysiology. Huddled around a warm fireplace one cold summer's night in 1816, a small group of friends decided to hold a competition to see who...

Five Reasons The Robo-Car Haters Are Wrong
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Five Reasons The Robo-Car Haters Are Wrong

The self-driving cars we’ve been promised since the dawn of the auto age are here.

A Discussion With David Farber: Bandwidth, Cyber Security, and the Obsolescence of the Internet
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A Discussion With David Farber: Bandwidth, Cyber Security, and the Obsolescence of the Internet

Internet technology veteran David Farber projects that within a decade, computers will be outfitted with optical connections rather than pins for networking, and...

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Privacy, Technology, and Law

Every day, those of us who live in the digital world give little bits of ourselves away. On Facebook and LinkedIn. To servers that store our email, Google searches...

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How to Tackle Cybersecurity

There is a right way and a wrong way to address cybersecurity.

Beyond Sopa
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Beyond Sopa

We welcomed the collapse this month of two flawed bills to prevent online piracy, bills that could have stifled speech and undermined Internet safety. But piracy...

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Yes We Scan

Locked in our federal vaults is a tremendous storehouse of information that if digitized would form a core for our digital public libraries in America with huge...

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Time For Robots to Get Real

From robotic slug-killers to dancing humanoids, there's a lot of media buzz around robots.

How to Make Science and Tech Jobs More Enticing to Undergrads
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How to Make Science and Tech Jobs More Enticing to Undergrads

The number of U.S. undergraduate degrees being awarded in most STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) has risen steadily in recent years...

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Coding For Success

Hoxton, we have a problem. Much has been written about how we need to improve the way we educate our children about technology. This is all great, but it's not...
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