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David Patterson Says It's Time for New Computer Architectures and Software Languages
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David Patterson Says It's Time for New Computer Architectures and Software Languages

David Patterson—University of California professor, Google engineer, and RISC pioneer—says there's no better time than now to be a computer architect.

In 1968, Computers Got Personal: How the 'Mother of All Demos' Changed the World
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In 1968, Computers Got Personal: How the 'Mother of All Demos' Changed the World

On a crisp California afternoon in early December 1968, a square-jawed, mild-mannered Stanford researcher named Douglas Engelbart took the stage at San Francisco's...

Ten Years of Large Hadron Collider Discoveries Are Just the Start of Decoding the ­niverse
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Ten Years of Large Hadron Collider Discoveries Are Just the Start of Decoding the ­niverse

Ten years! Ten years since the start of operations for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), one of the most complex machines ever created.

What is Cyberwar?
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What is Cyberwar?

At its core, cyberwarfare refers the use of digital attacks by one country or nation to disrupt the computer systems of another with the aim of create significant...

For Safety's Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-Connected Things
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For Safety's Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-Connected Things

Smart gadgets are everywhere.

Are We Ready for the Future of Warfare?
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Are We Ready for the Future of Warfare?

Warfare has always been about exerting political will.

3-D Printed Gun Blueprints Are Back, and Only New Laws Can Stop Them
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3-D Printed Gun Blueprints Are Back, and Only New Laws Can Stop Them

Attorneys general from 20 states celebrated on Monday when a district court judge in Seattle extended an injunction against the sharing of 3-D printed gun blueprints...

Math Shows How DNA Twists, Turns and ­nzips
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Math Shows How DNA Twists, Turns and ­nzips

If you've ever seen a picture of a DNA molecule, you probably saw it in its famous B-form: two strands coiling around each other in a right-handed fashion to form...

Why the Future of Data Storage is (Still) Magnetic Tape
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Why the Future of Data Storage is (Still) Magnetic Tape

It should come as no surprise that recent advances in big-data analytics and artificial intelligence have created strong incentives for enterprises to amass information...

It's Not Technology That's Disrupting Our Jobs
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It's Not Technology That's Disrupting Our Jobs

When we learn about the Industrial Revolution in school, we hear a lot about factories, steam engines, maybe the power loom.

How D-Wave's Quantum Machine Could Help Exotic Physics
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How D-Wave's Quantum Machine Could Help Exotic Physics

Picture a computer. Now I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you were probably thinking of your laptop, or maybe even your smartphone if you're being smart...

Overtrust in the Robotic Age
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Overtrust in the Robotic Age

A contemporary ethical challenge.

I Just Hacked a State Election. I'm 17. And I'm Not Even a Very Good Hacker.
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I Just Hacked a State Election. I'm 17. And I'm Not Even a Very Good Hacker.

It took me around 10 minutes to crash the upcoming midterm elections.

What Went Wrong With IBM's Watson
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What Went Wrong With IBM's Watson

What if artificial intelligence can't cure cancer after all?

Who Needs Democracy When You Have Data?
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Who Needs Democracy When You Have Data?

In 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an experiment in "electronic democracy," in which a single citizen, selected to represent...

A Bold Mission to Touch the Sun
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A Bold Mission to Touch the Sun

On Sunday, August 12, NASA launched a bold mission to fly directly into the sun's atmosphere, with a spacecraft named the Parker Solar Probe, after solar astrophysicist...

Billion-Dollar Telescopes Could End ­p Beyond the Reach of ­S Astronomers
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Billion-Dollar Telescopes Could End ­p Beyond the Reach of ­S Astronomers

Every ten years, US astronomers set research priorities for the following decade.

The Future of Television Is … More Television
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The Future of Television Is … More Television

Call it Jeffrey Katzenberg's unicorn newborn. An operating company has come into being, ex nihilo, with the blandest of names—NewTV—and a valuation north of $1...

What Are Rare Earths, Crucial Elements in Modern Technology? 4 Questions Answered
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What Are Rare Earths, Crucial Elements in Modern Technology? 4 Questions Answered

Most Americans use rare earth elements every day—without knowing it, or knowing anything about what they do. That could change, as these unusual materials are becoming...

Honoring the '80s, Def Con's Badge Is also a Text Adventure
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Honoring the '80s, Def Con's Badge Is also a Text Adventure

Nearly 30,000 people came to Las Vegas last week for the 26th edition of DEF CON, the iconic security conference. And no small amount of the mental energy of that...
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