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How Sci-Fi Like WarGames Led to Real Policy During the Reagan Administration
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How Sci-Fi Like WarGames Led to Real Policy During the Reagan Administration

This year, John Badham's WarGames—one of the movies most beloved by hackers, techies, and tech policy wonks (like me!)—celebrates its 35th anniversary.

Clicks, Lies and Videotape
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Clicks, Lies and Videotape

This past April a new video of Barack Obama surfaced on the Internet. Against a backdrop that included both the American and presidential flags, it looked like...

50 Years Old, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Still Offers Insight about the Future
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50 Years Old, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Still Offers Insight about the Future

Watching a 50th anniversary screening of "2001: A Space Odyssey," I found myself, a mathematician and computer scientist whose research includes work related to...

Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America
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Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America

Since the advent of Donald Trump's candidacy, there's been a ton of focus on botnets and sockpuppets—automated and semiautomated social media accounts that use...

Detecting 'DeepFake' Videos in the Blink of an Eye
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Detecting 'DeepFake' Videos in the Blink of an Eye

A new form of misinformation is poised to spread through online communities as the 2018 midterm election campaigns heat up. Called "deepfakes" after the pseudonymous...

The Four Ways that Ex-Internet Idealists Explain Where It All Went Wrong
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The Four Ways that Ex-Internet Idealists Explain Where It All Went Wrong

A long time ago, in the bad old days of the 2000s, debates about the Internet were dominated by two great tribes: the Optimists and the Pessimists.

When Machine Learning is Facially Invalid
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When Machine Learning is Facially Invalid

Observations on the use of machine learning and facial inferences to classify people using inexplicable data.

The Future of Television Is … More Television
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The Future of Television Is … More Television

Call it Jeffrey Katzenberg's unicorn newborn. An operating company has come into being, ex nihilo, with the blandest of names—NewTV—and a valuation north of $1...

There Will Never Be an Age of Artificial Intimacy
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There Will Never Be an Age of Artificial Intimacy

Years ago I spoke with a 16-year-old girl who was considering the idea of having a computer companion in the future, and she described the upside to me.

How Plausible Are All Those Mission: Impossible Gadgets, Anyway?
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How Plausible Are All Those Mission: Impossible Gadgets, Anyway?

It's been 22 years since Tom Cruise infiltrated a CIA vault suspended from a wire in the first Mission: Impossible flick.

We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air.
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We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air.

Smartphones were once the best thing to happen to the tech industry—and for a while, it seemed, to all of us, too.

Article 13: Europe's Hotly Debated Revamp of Copyright Law, Explained
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Article 13: Europe's Hotly Debated Revamp of Copyright Law, Explained

First they came for the privacy violations, then they came for the memes.

Blockchain Revolution Without the Blockchain?
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Blockchain Revolution Without the Blockchain?

Most of the suggested benefits of blockchain technologies do not come from elements unique to the blockchain.

How Neal Stephenson Got Book Ideas by Moonlighting at Blue Origin
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How Neal Stephenson Got Book Ideas by Moonlighting at Blue Origin

Neal Stephenson's breakout hit, Snow Crash, envisioned a world of virtual reality—in 1992. The Diamond Age foresaw the future of nanotechnology in 1995. The more...

Going To the World Cup? Leave the Laptop at Home
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Going To the World Cup? Leave the Laptop at Home

A Russian sports official earlier this year estimated that as many as 2 million people would flock to the country during the World Cup, the month-long celebration...

Teleportation: Will It Ever Be a Possibility?
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Teleportation: Will It Ever Be a Possibility?

Star Trek has a lot to answer for.

The Many Shades of Bad Physics
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The Many Shades of Bad Physics

What happens when you see bad physics in the world? Does it make you angry? Does it make you laugh?

How Fortnite Captured Teens' Hearts and Minds
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How Fortnite Captured Teens' Hearts and Minds

It was getting late in Tomato Town. The storm was closing in, and meteors pelted the ground.

'2001: A Space Odyssey' Is Still the 'Ultimate Trip'
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'2001: A Space Odyssey' Is Still the 'Ultimate Trip'

In the spring of 1964 the filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was very worried. NASA was about to fly the Mariner 4 space probe past Mars.

Avengers: Infinity War and the CG Effects Behind Thanos
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Avengers: Infinity War and the CG Effects Behind Thanos

Avengers: Infinity War is packed with dozens of beloved characters we've watched and loved over 10 years of Marvel movies. But one character stands—literally—head...
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