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How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success
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How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success

When Microsoft launched its research labs in 1991, the personal computer was just beginning to blossom into a worldwide phenomenon, thanks in no small part to Windows...

The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak
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The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak

Physicist John Pendry talks about the profound physics obscured by his invisibility cloak and how metamaterials could help realise the perfect lens.

James Kuffner, Google Robotics Researcher
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James Kuffner, Google Robotics Researcher

At a racetrack in Florida this weekend, 16 robots competed to complete a series of tasks inspired by challenges faced in cleaning up the destroyed Fukushima-Daiichi...

Estimation Is Not Evil
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Estimation Is Not Evil

Reconciling agile approaches and project estimates.

Actually, Turing Did Not Invent the Computer
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Actually, Turing Did Not Invent the Computer

Separating the origins of computer science and technology.

Google's Robot Army
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Google's Robot Army

A couple of weeks ago, shortly after the Amazon C.E.O. Jeff Bezos unveiled, on "60 Minutes," that his company plans to deliver packages to customers with a swarm...

Nasa's Chief Scientist on Mars, Moons, and Money
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Nasa's Chief Scientist on Mars, Moons, and Money

Planetary geologist Ellen Stofan joined NASA in August as the agency's chief scientist, an overarching role in which she advises on the science of all NASA programmes...

For Steve Ballmer, a Lasting Touch on Microsoft
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For Steve Ballmer, a Lasting Touch on Microsoft

On the eve of his exit as chief executive officer of Microsoft, after more than a decade on the job, Steve Ballmer is more than ever a CEO whose image does not...

Singularity: Reading Our Genes Like Computer Code
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Singularity: Reading Our Genes Like Computer Code

Raymond McCauley may go blind as he gets older.

Will Your Next Phone Have No Screen?
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Will Your Next Phone Have No Screen?

Google is predicting a generation of screenless computing devices that rely on voice recognition, a senior engineer has said, emphasising that the company encrypts...

Falling in Love with AI Virtual Assistants: A Creepy Love Affair Nearer Than You Think
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Falling in Love with AI Virtual Assistants: A Creepy Love Affair Nearer Than You Think

"I've never loved anyone the way I've loved you," swoons Joaquin Phoenix, in the movie Her.

Moore's Law Isn't Making Chips Cheaper Anymore
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Moore's Law Isn't Making Chips Cheaper Anymore

At a wine bar in San Francisco on Wednesday, Broadcom Chairman and CTO Henry Samueli delivered some sobering news: Moore's Law isn't making chips cheaper anymore...

7 Epic Fails Brought to You By the Genius Mind of Thomas Edison
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7 Epic Fails Brought to You By the Genius Mind of Thomas Edison

Almost everyone can name the man that invented the light bulb.

Google Puts Money on Robots, ­sing the Man Behind Android
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Google Puts Money on Robots, ­sing the Man Behind Android

In an out-of-the-way Google office, two life-size humanoid robots hang suspended in a corner.

Three Questions For Computing Pioneer Carver Mead
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Three Questions For Computing Pioneer Carver Mead

Computer scientist Carver Mead gave Moore's Law its name in around 1970 and played a crucial role in making sure it's held true in the decades since.

A Lesson in Resource Management
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A Lesson in Resource Management

Waste not memory, want not memory — unless it doesn't matter.

Design Thinking
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Design Thinking

Design thinking is the newest fashion for finding better solutions to problems. Combining it with computational thinking offers some real possibilities for improving...

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious
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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

It's a question that’s perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from?

Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?
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Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?

Computers as we know them have are close to reaching an inflection point—the next generation is in sight but not quite within our grasp.

Blinded By the Light
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Blinded By the Light

The probe sails through space, traveling the distance of the LA-to-Chicago red-eye in a minute.
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