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So Far, Big Data Is Small Potatoes
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So Far, Big Data Is Small Potatoes

Is Big Data going to revolutionize science and help us make a better world? Not based on what it's done so far.

Why Haven't We Encountered Aliens Yet? The Answer Could Be Climate Change
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Why Haven't We Encountered Aliens Yet? The Answer Could Be Climate Change

Enrico Fermi, when asked about intelligent life on other planets, famously replied, "Where are they?"

What Comes After the Turing Test?
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What Comes After the Turing Test?

Over the weekend, the news broke that a "supercomputer" program called "Eugene Goostman"—an impersonation of a wisecracking, thirteen-year-old Ukranian boy—had...

That Computer Actually Got an F on the Turing Test
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That Computer Actually Got an F on the Turing Test

Over the weekend, a group of programmers claimed they built a program that passed the famous Turing Test, in which a computer tries to trick judges into believing...

World Cup Kickoff Looms For Demo of Brain-Controlled Machine
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World Cup Kickoff Looms For Demo of Brain-Controlled Machine

During the World Cup next week, there may be 1 minute during the opening ceremony when the boisterous stadium crowd in São Paulo falls silent: when a paraplegic...

Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?
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Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?

Joss Wright is training a robot to freak people out.

Quantum Teleportation Is Just the Latest Mind-Blowing Innovation Made Possible By Breakthroughs in Subatomic Physics
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Quantum Teleportation Is Just the Latest Mind-Blowing Innovation Made Possible By Breakthroughs in Subatomic Physics

Researchers in the Netherlands have just demonstrated that the quantum teleportation of information is now possible.

Imposing Security
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Imposing Security

Three computer bugs this year exposed passwords, e-mails, financial data, and other kinds of sensitive information connected to potentially billions of people.

Spy vs. Spy
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Spy vs. Spy

Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the United States was charging members of the Chinese military with economic espionage.

How to Make Robots Seem Less Creepy
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How to Make Robots Seem Less Creepy

Robots may be poised to enter a new frontier in the workplace—but that doesn't mean the public is ready for it.

Ray Kurzweil
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Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil is teaching computers how to read better—one more step in the march of technological progress.

Four Technology Fallacies That Need to Die
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Four Technology Fallacies That Need to Die

As any historian, psychologist, sociologist, or scientist will tell you, the truth of an idea has very little to do with how fast it spreads and how well it's believed...

Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?
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Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?

At first glance, the Justice Department's 31-count indictment of five Chinese military officers for hacking into the computers of six American corporations, in...

How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works
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How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works

Six years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) decided that they had a new dream. The agency wanted a system that would overlay digital tactical...

The End Is A.i.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative
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The End Is A.i.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

In 1993, Vernor Vinge wrote a paper about the end of the world.

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Time Machines Would Run Afoul of the Second Law of Thermodynamics

We've all seen those movies where someone goes back in time and tries to change something (the classic "Grandfather Paradox": what happens if you go back in time...

A Summer Reading List For Innovators
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A Summer Reading List For Innovators

For this summer's reading list, we bring you seven very different types of books that have been published since the start of the year, each of them exploring the...

Beyond Data and Analysis
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Beyond Data and Analysis

Why business analytics and big data really matter for modern business organizations.

The Logic of Logging
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The Logic of Logging

And the illogic of PDF.

Owning and Using
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Owning and Using

On vital and supporting systems.
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