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Algorithms Are Great and All, But They Can Also Ruin Lives
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Algorithms Are Great and All, But They Can Also Ruin Lives

On April 5, 2011, 41-year-old John Gass received a letter from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Why the Surveillance State Lives On
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Why the Surveillance State Lives On

Once upon a time, Glenn Greenwald was a lonely voice in the blogging wilderness, and Edward Snowden was an isolated functionary at the heart of the American national...

Baidu's Andrew Ng on Deep Learning and Innovation in Silicon Valley
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Baidu's Andrew Ng on Deep Learning and Innovation in Silicon Valley

Six months ago, Chinese Internet-search giant Baidu signaled its ambitions to innovate by opening an artificial-intelligence center in Silicon Valley, in Google's...

Reasons to Land on a Comet: What the Rosetta Mission Can Learn
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Reasons to Land on a Comet: What the Rosetta Mission Can Learn

After a journey that took more than a decade, the world is scheduled to witness a first when the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission attempts to land a small...

These Are 3 Breakthrough Science Ideas You'll Be Talking About in 2015
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These Are 3 Breakthrough Science Ideas You'll Be Talking About in 2015

For anyone who has ever said that all the STEM professions need is something to make them "cool" in order to attract more young people, look no further than ...

William Gibson: I Never Imagined Facebook
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William Gibson: I Never Imagined Facebook

Even if you've never heard of William Gibson, you're probably familiar with his work.

For Rosetta Mission's Scientists, the Thrill Is in the Comet Chase
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For Rosetta Mission's Scientists, the Thrill Is in the Comet Chase

Claudia Alexander has spent the last 15 years of her life waiting for this moment: landing a spacecraft the size of a washing machine on the surface of a speeding...

Space-Time Visionary
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Space-Time Visionary

Thanks to theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, real science is embedded in Christopher Nolan's film Interstellar, in which explorers seek a new home for humankind.

North Korea: Surfing the Net in the World's Most Isolated Nation
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North Korea: Surfing the Net in the World's Most Isolated Nation

What's the point of a computer in a hermit country sealed off from the internet?

Artificial Intelligence as a Threat
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Artificial Intelligence as a Threat

Ebola sounds like the stuff of nightmares. Bird flu and SARS also send shivers down my spine.

Invasion of the Data Snatchers
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Invasion of the Data Snatchers

New technologies are making it easier for private companies and the government to learn about everything we do—in our homes, in our cars, in stores, and within...

The Surreal Task of Landing on a Comet
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The Surreal Task of Landing on a Comet

On November 12th 2014 the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will eject the small robotic lander Philae on a trajectory that should take it down to the surface...

Oculus Rift 'fantastic' But Won't Replace Movies, Says 'minority Report' Fx Guru
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Oculus Rift 'fantastic' But Won't Replace Movies, Says 'minority Report' Fx Guru

Oculus Rift is "fantastic" but virtual reality won't replace movies just yet, according to two legends of special effects.

The Web Is a Terrorist's Command-and-Control Network of Choice
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The Web Is a Terrorist's Command-and-Control Network of Choice

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) is the first terrorist group whose members have grown up on the internet.

Ft Interview with Google Co-Founder and Ceo Larry Page
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Ft Interview with Google Co-Founder and Ceo Larry Page

Wouldn't the world be a happier place if 90 per cent of the people with jobs put their feet up instead and left the robots to do the work?

What Is It Like to Control a Robotic Arm with a Brain Implant?
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What Is It Like to Control a Robotic Arm with a Brain Implant?

Jan Scheuermann is not your average experimental subject.

Megan Smith: 'you Can Affect Billions of People'
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Megan Smith: 'you Can Affect Billions of People'

Now that you work at the White House, approximately how many times a day do you find yourself thinking, God, we did this so much better at Google?

Human Spaceflight: Find Asteroids to Get to Mars
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Human Spaceflight: Find Asteroids to Get to Mars

Interplanetary flight is the next giant leap for humans in space. Yet consensus on even the smallest steps forward has proven elusive.

Why Rite Aid and Cvs Stopped Taking Apple Pay
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Why Rite Aid and Cvs Stopped Taking Apple Pay

The introduction of Apple Pay last Monday was widely described as the dawn of a new era for smartphone payments.

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally ­nleashed AI on the World
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The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally ­nleashed AI on the World

A few months ago I made the trek to the sylvan campus of the IBM research labs in Yorktown Heights, New York, to catch an early glimpse of the fast-arriving, long...
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