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The Future of Moral Machines

A robot walks into a bar and says, "I’ll have a screwdriver." A bad joke, indeed. But even less funny if the robot says "Give me what’s in your cash register."...

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The Year on the Web

We've been living in the age of social media for a long time, but 2011 was the year that all the information we share online began to accrete into something greater...

Technology and Business in 2012
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Technology and Business in 2012

Although those of us following the Mayan long calendar may be heading into 2012 with some trepidation, for those taking a longer-term view here is our annual...

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The Benefits of Video Games

In addition to understanding the many real concerns that today's parents have with video games, it's also worth considering the benefits and positive aspects...

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Expanding Internet Domains

Come January, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers plans to allow businesses, nonprofits and others to apply for their own "top-level domain"...

I Want to Give Poor Children Computers and Walk Away
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I Want to Give Poor Children Computers and Walk Away

Can tablet computers "parachuted" into remote areas transform childhood learning, asks Nicholas Negroponte, the man behind One Laptop per Child.

FCC Commissioner Delivers Warning on Threat to 'internet Freedom'
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FCC Commissioner Delivers Warning on Threat to 'internet Freedom'

The United States is not ready for the battle over whether the Internet will remain free from government regulations or fall under the control of emerging global...

FCC Commissioner Delivers Warning on Threat to 'internet Freedom'
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FCC Commissioner Delivers Warning on Threat to 'internet Freedom'

The United States is not ready for the battle over whether the Internet will remain free from government regulations or fall under the control of emerging global...

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Don't Break the Internet

Two bills now pending in Congress—the PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (Protect IP) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House—represent the latest...

Space Elevators and Smart Machines: Life in the Year 2100
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Space Elevators and Smart Machines: Life in the Year 2100

In my book, Physics of the Future, I make scores of predictions for this century, based on interviews with over 300 of the world's top scientists, who are inventing...

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An Open Letter from Internet Engineers to the ­.s. Congress

Today, a group of 83 prominent Internet inventors and engineers sent an open letter to members of the United States Congress, stating their opposition to the...

Carrier Iq Gets Transparent About Its Mobile Monitoring
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Carrier Iq Gets Transparent About Its Mobile Monitoring

It's been a tumultuous few weeks for Carrier IQ, the mobile analytics outfit at the center of a continuing privacy brouhaha over what its diagnostic software...

Five Predictions For the Communications World in 2012
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Five Predictions For the Communications World in 2012

In the coming year, mobile Internet devices and in particular smartphones will continue to bring the biggest changes to the way we communicate. For the first...

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Why Transparent Tracking Needs Its Own App

Amid widespread concern over an obscure piece of smart-phone diagnostic software that some experts say could be used to collect and transmit sensitive information...

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Intelligence, Honesty, and (my Friend) Steve Jobs

Can there be any doubt that Steve Jobs was a modern-day Renaissance man—a latter day da Vinci, brimming with creativity, invention, aesthetic and business acumen...

Programming Should Take Pride of Place in Our Schools
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Programming Should Take Pride of Place in Our Schools

If we don't change the way ICT is thought about and taught, we're shutting the door on our children's futures.

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The Rise of the New Information Gatekeepers

The promise of the Internet age is one of unparalleled access to information of all kinds, but it has also seen the rise of some powerful gatekeepers that control...

Will Microsoft's 'minority Report' ­i Leap-Frog Apple?
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Will Microsoft's 'minority Report' ­i Leap-Frog Apple?

Although Apple has pioneered the mainstream multitouch user interface (UI), Microsoft could provide the next major UI breakthrough by combining voice, touch, and...

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The Personal Computer Is Dead

Power is fast shifting from end users and software developers to operating system vendors.

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Siri Means You'll (almost) Never Have to Die

Some 80 years ago, philanthropist Spencer Penrose amassed a fortune in Western gold, silver, and copper mines. After building a zoo and hospital, he decided to...
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