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Huge MIT Media Lab Inventions That Transformed Our World
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Huge MIT Media Lab Inventions That Transformed Our World

For the last 30 years, the MIT Lab has been a breeding ground for technological progress that’s pushed the world into the future.

Pop Culture Is Finally Getting Hacking Right
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Pop Culture Is Finally Getting Hacking Right

The idea of a drill-wielding hacker who runs a deep-web empire selling drugs to teens seems like a fantasy embodying the worst of digital technology.

In Defense of Algorithms
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In Defense of Algorithms

OK, I'm biased, given the countless hours I have spent over the past three decades creating algorithms, implementing them on computers, and then writing about them...

Dark Clouds Over the Internet
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Dark Clouds Over the Internet

The Internet is routinely described as borderless, and that is often how it feels.

Crispr Is Getting Better. Now It's Time to Ask the Hard Ethical Questions
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Crispr Is Getting Better. Now It's Time to Ask the Hard Ethical Questions

When Chinese scientists announced in April they had edited human embryos using a new genetic tool called Crispr, the headlines blared "designer babies," and the...

No, Nsa Phone Spying Has Not Ended
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No, Nsa Phone Spying Has Not Ended

At 11:59 P.M. on Saturday night, the U.S. National Security Agency supposedly yanked the cord on its bulk telephone records collection, thereby ending an expansive...

Better Than Sci-Fi
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Better Than Sci-Fi

Science fiction has imagined some pretty wild ideas about the universe and our place in it.

Metadata Surveillance Didn't Stop the Paris Attacks
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Metadata Surveillance Didn't Stop the Paris Attacks

Since terrorists struck Paris last Friday night, the debate over whether encryption prevents intelligence services from stopping attacks has reignited.

What Digital Trash Dumped in Games Tells ­S About the Players
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What Digital Trash Dumped in Games Tells ­S About the Players

A strawberry Christmas cake, sexy pants, a pool table, three red jet planes, a hippy bandana, a dog sled, a jetpack, a pair of Adidas trainers, a Tudor throne,an...

How to Baffle Web Trackers By Obfuscating Your Movements Online
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How to Baffle Web Trackers By Obfuscating Your Movements Online

Online ad networks and search engines love it when you surf around.

Stopping Whatsapp Won't Stop Terrorists
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Stopping Whatsapp Won't Stop Terrorists

Is the ability to send encrypted messages making it hard to stop terrorists?

Oh the Places We Won't Go: Humans Will Settle Mars, and Nowhere Else
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Oh the Places We Won't Go: Humans Will Settle Mars, and Nowhere Else

Humans will become a multi-planet species by making it to Mars, but no farther.

Edward Snowden Explains How to Reclaim Your Privacy
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Edward Snowden Explains How to Reclaim Your Privacy

Last month, I met Edward Snowden in a hotel in central Moscow, just blocks away from Red Square.

Crispr: A Path Through the Thicket
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Crispr: A Path Through the Thicket

The ease of use, accuracy and efficiency of the genome-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 has led to its broad adoption in research, as well as to preliminary applications...

Get Ready For Your Digital Model
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Get Ready For Your Digital Model

Entrusting your money to a bank once seemed strange and risky.

Leading Theory of Solar System Formation Just Disproved!
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Leading Theory of Solar System Formation Just Disproved!

Looks like the inner planets formed *after* the gas giants moved to their current position, and Jupiter ejected a fifth giant, too!

Artificial Intelligence: 'homo Sapiens Will Be Split Into a Handful of Gods and the Rest of ­s'
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Artificial Intelligence: 'homo Sapiens Will Be Split Into a Handful of Gods and the Rest of ­s'

If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of America Merrill which...

Why Google Is Willing to Give Away Its Latest Machine-Learning Software
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Why Google Is Willing to Give Away Its Latest Machine-Learning Software

Google's move to give away its latest machine-learning software, key to its speech- and photo-recognition programs, isn’t as crazy as it may appear.

The Cyberthreat ­nder the Street
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The Cyberthreat ­nder the Street

Within the last year there have been 16 so-called fiber cuts in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I'm Going to Make Facebook's AI Predict What Happens in Videos
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I'm Going to Make Facebook's AI Predict What Happens in Videos

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