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50 Years Old, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Still Offers Insight about the Future
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50 Years Old, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Still Offers Insight about the Future

Watching a 50th anniversary screening of "2001: A Space Odyssey," I found myself, a mathematician and computer scientist whose research includes work related to...

Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America
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Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America

Since the advent of Donald Trump's candidacy, there's been a ton of focus on botnets and sockpuppets—automated and semiautomated social media accounts that use...

Why We're Training the Next Generation of Lawyers in Big Data
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Why We're Training the Next Generation of Lawyers in Big Data

Artificial intelligence is transforming the traditional delivery of legal services.

How Programmable Calculators and a Sci-Fi Story Brought Soviet Teens Into the Digital Age
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How Programmable Calculators and a Sci-Fi Story Brought Soviet Teens Into the Digital Age

Despite the ubiquity of computers in modern society, the vast majority of today's students never study computer science or computer programming.

Why Silicon Valley Should Fear Europe's Competition Chief
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Why Silicon Valley Should Fear Europe's Competition Chief

Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, is surely the most feared person in Silicon Valley.

Has One of Math's Greatest Mysteries, the Riemann Hypothesis, Finally Been Solved?
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Has One of Math's Greatest Mysteries, the Riemann Hypothesis, Finally Been Solved?

Over the past few days, the mathematics world has been abuzz over the news that Sir Michael Atiyah, the famous Fields Medalist and Abel Prize winner, claims to....

Will L.A.'s Anti-Terrorist Subway Scanners Be Adopted Everywhere?
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Will L.A.'s Anti-Terrorist Subway Scanners Be Adopted Everywhere?

In mid-August the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Transportation Security Administration announced Metro has paid $100,000 each...

Why Alibaba Is Betting Big on AI Chips and Quantum Computing
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Why Alibaba Is Betting Big on AI Chips and Quantum Computing

During the opening ceremony of Alibaba's 2018 computing conference last week, Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud, invited the MC to taste some tea on the stage—but...

Building the Universal Archive of Source Code
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Building the Universal Archive of Source Code

A global collaborative project for the benefit of all.

Are CS Conferences (Too) Closed Communities?
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Are CS Conferences (Too) Closed Communities?

Assessing whether newcomers have a more difficult time achieving paper acceptance at established conferences.

The Obscene Coupling Known as Spaghetti Code
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The Obscene Coupling Known as Spaghetti Code

Teach your junior programmers how to read code.

A Pedagogic Cybersecurity Framework
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A Pedagogic Cybersecurity Framework

A proposal for teaching the organizational, legal, and international aspects of cybersecurity.

The Business of Quantum Computing
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The Business of Quantum Computing

Considering the similarities of quantum computing development to the early years of conventional computing.

Google at 20: How Two 'Obnoxious' Students Changed the Internet
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Google at 20: How Two 'Obnoxious' Students Changed the Internet

In the summer of 1995, a second-year grad student called Sergey Brin was giving a tour of Stanford University to prospective students. Larry Page, an engineering...

John Hennessy, Chairman of Alphabet, on Smart Risks, Employee Activism, and the Dangers of Short-Term Thinking
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John Hennessy, Chairman of Alphabet, on Smart Risks, Employee Activism, and the Dangers of Short-Term Thinking

Last week, Alphabet chair and former Stanford University president John Hennessy joined former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on the stage of the Computer History Museum...

When Reporting on Defcon, Avoid Stereotypes and A.T.M.s
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When Reporting on Defcon, Avoid Stereotypes and A.T.M.s

As one of The New York Times's three Surfacing residents, I've grown accustomed to entering unfamiliar places.

Paper-Based Electronics Could Fold, Biodegrade and Be the Basis for the Next Generation of Devices
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Paper-Based Electronics Could Fold, Biodegrade and Be the Basis for the Next Generation of Devices

It seems like every few months there's a new cellphone, laptop or tablet that is so exciting people line up around the block to get their hands on it.

Former Google CEO Predicts the Internet Will Split in Two by 2028, and One Part Will Be Led by China
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Former Google CEO Predicts the Internet Will Split in Two by 2028, and One Part Will Be Led by China

Eric Schmidt, who has been the CEO of Google and executive chairman of its parent company, Alphabet, predicts that within the next decade there will be two distinct...

Why Animal Extinction Is Crippling Computer Science
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Why Animal Extinction Is Crippling Computer Science

Dodos. Western black rhinoceros. Tasmanian tigers. Bennett's seaweed. The list of extinct animal and plant species goes on and on.

How America Could Lose the Quantum-Computing Race
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How America Could Lose the Quantum-Computing Race

There's an arms race underway to develop the next generation of computers—known as "quantum" computers—and there's no guarantee that the United States is going...
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