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Is Computing Speed Set to Make a Quantum Leap?
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Is Computing Speed Set to Make a Quantum Leap?

"Our imagination is stretched to the utmost," wrote Richard Feynman, the greatest physicist of his day, "not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really...

Paul Otellini's Intel: Can the Company That Built the Future Survive It?
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Paul Otellini's Intel: Can the Company That Built the Future Survive It?

Forty-five years after Intel was founded by Silicon Valley legends Gordon Moore and Bob Noyce, it is the world's leading semiconductor company.

Should Patents Be Awarded to Software?
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Should Patents Be Awarded to Software?

The goal of the U.S. patent system is clear: to provide individuals or companies with an incentive to innovate by offering them 20 years of exclusive rights to...

Moshe Vardi: Robots Could Put Humans Out of Work By 2045
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Moshe Vardi: Robots Could Put Humans Out of Work By 2045

Robots began replacing human brawn long ago—now they're poised to replace human brains.

Ok, Glass, Don't Make Me Look Stupid
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Ok, Glass, Don't Make Me Look Stupid

A man sitting alone at his kitchen table pauses before eating his breakfast.

Tedxstanford Highlights Breakthroughs in Research and Creativity, Stanford-Style
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Tedxstanford Highlights Breakthroughs in Research and Creativity, Stanford-Style

They sacrificed a spectacular sunny Saturday afternoon by the hundreds, forgoing all else to sit in a darkened hall to witness hours of intense lectures and art...

Why Teaching a Robot to Fetch a Cup of Coffee Matters
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Why Teaching a Robot to Fetch a Cup of Coffee Matters

In robotics, as in life, it often takes small steps to reach a big goal.

The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI
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The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI

There's a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm.

Bruces Sterling's Vision of the Future City
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Bruces Sterling's Vision of the Future City

In 2050, the Earth's population is expected to hit 10 billion, and 75% of those people will live in cities.

Jaron Lanier on the Cheap Treats and Religious Emotion of Moore's Law
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Jaron Lanier on the Cheap Treats and Religious Emotion of Moore's Law

Moore's Law is Silicon Valley’s guiding principle, like all 10 commandments wrapped into one.

Intelligent Robots Will Overtake Humans By 2100, Experts Say
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Intelligent Robots Will Overtake Humans By 2100, Experts Say

Are you prepared to meet your robot overlords?

Innovation Starvation
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Innovation Starvation

My lifespan encompasses the era when the United States of America was capable of launching human beings into space.

Why We Often View Digital Culture Through Insect Metaphors
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Why We Often View Digital Culture Through Insect Metaphors

Swarms. Hive minds. The Web.

How Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen See the Future
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How Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen See the Future

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is ready for a future where his smart mattress monitors sleep patterns and alerts the curtains to allow daylight in, waking...

Digital Tattoos, Mind-Reading Headphones: The Shape of Things to Come?
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Digital Tattoos, Mind-Reading Headphones: The Shape of Things to Come?

Forecasting future technology has never been easy. In the 1950s, scientists and technologists envisaged that by now the world would be free from disease, traversed...

Graphene: The Nano-Size Material with a Massive Future
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Graphene: The Nano-Size Material with a Massive Future

Ever since it was discovered in 2004, graphene has been hailed as a natural wonder of the materials world destined to transform our lives in the 21st century.

Congress Tries to Reset Science Grants, Wants Every One to Be 'groundbreaking'
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Congress Tries to Reset Science Grants, Wants Every One to Be 'groundbreaking'

Due to Congressional rules, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology had to choose new leadership this year.

The Meaning of (making) Life
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The Meaning of (making) Life

Christina Agapakis is a rising star among the new generation of biology researchers. Trained in the science of custom-building organisms known as synthetic biology...

Bill For Compulsory Science Fiction in West Virginia Schools
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Bill For Compulsory Science Fiction in West Virginia Schools

A bill calling for science fiction to be made compulsory reading in schools has been proposed by a politician in West Virginia in order to "stimulate interest in...

How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain
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How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain

Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn't have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field...
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