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Have You Driven a Smartphone Lately?

I’m barreling along a rural Michigan highway at 75 miles per hour in a gray Ford Taurus X when I glance down to check a number on a screen.

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Gaming Social Networks For Influence and Propaganda

For a while now I have argued that the contemporary operating environment has two dimensions: "the first is the actual tactical field of battle in which bullets...

Tech Revolutionaries
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Tech Revolutionaries

The Arab Revolt shows that Google's and Twitter's corporate values are better than Facebook's.

Computer and Information Science and Engineering: One Discipline, Many Specialties
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Computer and Information Science and Engineering: One Discipline, Many Specialties

Mathematics is no longer the only foundation for computing and information research and education in academia.

A Program Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts
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A Program Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: The BPC Alliances

Changing the trajectory of participation in computing for students at various stages of development.

Managing Time
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Managing Time

Professionals overwhelmed with information glut can find hope from new insights about time management.

Surrounded By Machines
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Surrounded By Machines

A chilling scenario portends a possible future.

Do You Own the Software You Buy?
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Do You Own the Software You Buy?

Examining the fine print concerning your rights in your copies of purchased software.

How the Internet Gets Inside ­s
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How the Internet Gets Inside ­s

When the first Harry Potter book appeared, in 1997, it was just a year before the universal search engine Google was launched. And so Hermione Granger, that charming...

Cubelets: Modular, Affordable Robotics For Kids and Students
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Cubelets: Modular, Affordable Robotics For Kids and Students

Robotics can be a tricky subject to teach children, and it's hard to know where to start. Cubelets is a system of modular cubes that each have one use, interaction...

My Puny Human Brain
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My Puny Human Brain

Jeopardy! genius Ken Jennings on what it's like to play against a supercomputer.

Gadget Politics: Why Tech Fans Share the Love and Hate
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Gadget Politics: Why Tech Fans Share the Love and Hate

I’ve been a consumer technology critic for over 10 years. During that time, hate mail has been part of my job every day.

A Worthwhile Contest For Artificial Intelligence
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A Worthwhile Contest For Artificial Intelligence

If IBM's Watson machine defeats people on TV's Jeopardy this week, does that mean that computers are smarter than humans? Maybe not. But the performance could...

Vint Cerf Re-Thinks the Internet in Stanford Talk
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Vint Cerf Re-Thinks the Internet in Stanford Talk

To most, a wine cellar is just a cool place to keep some vintage vino. For Vint Cerf, the revered former Stanford engineering professor and graduate of the university...

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Thought Police? DARPA Wants to Know How Stories Influence Human Mind, Actions

Since it sounds like a not-so-basic- science fiction script, you won't be surprised that the scientific masterminds at the Defense Advanced Research Projects...

Nasa's Kepler Astronomer Geoff Marcy Discusses Latest Exoplanet Discoveries
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Nasa's Kepler Astronomer Geoff Marcy Discusses Latest Exoplanet Discoveries

Does life exist anywhere in the universe except on Earth?

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Bipartisan Alliance Beats Back Patriot Act Sneak Attack in House Vote

Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives, an unlikely alliance of House Democrats and Republicans stood up for civil liberties and successfully beat back...

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Forgive Me, Father, For I Have Linked

Our Father, who art in pixels, linked be Thy name, Thy Web site come, Thy Net be done, on Explorer as it is on Firefox.

Mind vs. Machine
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Mind vs. Machine

In the race to build computers that can think like humans, the proving ground is the Turing Test—an annual battle between the world’s most advanced artificial...

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World Web War I: Why Egypt's Digital ­prising Is Different

We've seen cyberwar declared before, but the one playing out in Egypt is my own candidate for World Web War I.
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