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Tom Lehrer at 90: A Life of Scientific Satire
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Tom Lehrer at 90: A Life of Scientific Satire

In 1959, the mathematician and satirist Tom Lehrer—who turns 90 this month—performed what he characteristically called a "completely pointless" scientific song...

Here's How the ­S Needs to Prepare for the Age of Artificial Intelligence
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Here's How the ­S Needs to Prepare for the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Politicians worldwide are stealing one of the US government's best ideas by drawing up ambitious plans to make the most of advances in artificial intelligence. ...

The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete
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The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete

The scientific paper—the actual form of it—was one of the enabling inventions of modernity. Before it was developed in the 1600s, results were communicated privately...

Smartphones, Contents of the Mind, and the Fifth Amendment
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Smartphones, Contents of the Mind, and the Fifth Amendment

Exploring the connection qualities between smartphones and their users.

Push Versus Pull
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Push Versus Pull

Flipping the publishing business model.

Business Ecosystems
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Business Ecosystems: How Do They Matter for Innovation?

Considering the significant interrelationship of innovation, corporate strategy, and public policy for business ecosystems.

To Illustrate the Dangers of Cyberwarfare, the Army Is Turning to Sci-Fi
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To Illustrate the Dangers of Cyberwarfare, the Army Is Turning to Sci-Fi

At first glance, Dark Hammer looks a lot like any other science fiction comic book: On the front cover, a drone flies over a river dividing a city with damaged...

Med Students Are Getting Terrible Training in Robotic Surgery
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Med Students Are Getting Terrible Training in Robotic Surgery

If you think your on-the-job training was tough, imagine what life is like for newbie surgeons.

How to Make A.I. Human-Friendly
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How to Make A.I. Human-Friendly

For a field that was not well known outside of academia a decade ago, artificial intelligence has grown dizzyingly fast. Tech companies from Silicon Valley to Beijing...

Bioengineers Today Emphasize the Crucial Ingredient Dr. Frankenstein Forgot: Responsibility 
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Bioengineers Today Emphasize the Crucial Ingredient Dr. Frankenstein Forgot: Responsibility 

Mary Shelley was 20 when she published "Frankenstein" in 1818. Two hundred years on, the book remains thrilling, challenging and relevant—especially for scientists...

The Limits of Explainability
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The Limits of Explainability

When we look at a stack of blocks or a stack of Oreos, we intuitively have a sense of how stable it is, whether it might fall over, and in what direction it may...

Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs
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Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs

I took an Uber to an artificial-­intelligence conference at MIT one recent morning, and the driver asked me how long it would take for autonomous vehicles to take...

This 'Gray Hat' Hacker Breaks Into Your Car, to Prove a Point
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This 'Gray Hat' Hacker Breaks Into Your Car, to Prove a Point

Cybercrime is expanding beyond computers and cellphones. Cars, washers and dryers, and even toasters are going online—an evolution of technology called the ...

Computational Social Science ≠ Computer Science + Social Data
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Computational Social Science ≠ Computer Science + Social Data

The important intersection of computer science and social science.

Responsible Research with Crowds
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Responsible Research with Crowds: Pay Crowdworkers at Least Minimum Wage

High-level guidelines for the treatment of crowdworkers.

Impediments with Policy Interventions to Foster Cybersecurity
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Impediments with Policy Interventions to Foster Cybersecurity

A call for discussion of governmental investment and intervention in support of cybersecurity.

Ethics Omission Increases Gases Emission
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Ethics Omission Increases Gases Emission

A look in the rearview mirror at Volkswagon software engineering.

Will the Supreme Court Nix Reviews of Bad Patents?
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Will the Supreme Court Nix Reviews of Bad Patents?

Considering the longer-term implications of a soon-to-be-decided U.S. Supreme Court case.

How to Make Replication the Norm
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How to Make Replication the Norm

Replication is essential for building confidence in research studies, yet it is still the exception rather than the rule.

How Technology Is Designed to Bring Out The Worst In ­s
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How Technology Is Designed to Bring Out The Worst In ­s

Tristan Harris has become an influential critic of how Silicon Valley designs products to addict us. In an interview, Harris talks about how the 2016 election threw...
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