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The 15 Most Influential Websites of All Time
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The 15 Most Influential Websites of All Time

The web, or "world wide web" as we used to say, turns 27 years old on December 20. On that date, nearly three decades ago, British engineer and scientist Tim Berners...

Oculus Chief Scientist Speaks about Virtual Reality in the Lab and on Your Face
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Oculus Chief Scientist Speaks about Virtual Reality in the Lab and on Your Face

While many of us are impatient with virtual reality—the best headsets are still too expensive, they need to be tethered to beefy computers, and there isn't all...

Kitchen of the Future: Smart and Fast but Not Much Fun
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Kitchen of the Future: Smart and Fast but Not Much Fun

Wandering among the engineers and strategy directors and managers of something called "connected customer experience" at the Smart Kitchen Summit, one had to wonder...

Would You Buy a Self-Driving Future From These Guys?
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Would You Buy a Self-Driving Future From These Guys?

When the owner of an automated Tesla was killed in a crash last year, the carmaker's founder, Elon Musk, urged journalists to peer into the future.

The Future of DNA Sequencing
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The Future of DNA Sequencing

Forty years ago, two papers1, 2 described the first tractable methods for determining the order of the chemical bases in stretches of DNA. Before these 1977 publications...

The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions
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The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions

We are surrounded by hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence and robotics—hysteria about how powerful they will become, how quickly, and what they...

What Facebook Did to American Democracy
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What Facebook Did to American Democracy

In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.

Apple's Tim Cook on iPhones, Augmented Reality, and How He Plans to Change Your World
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Apple's Tim Cook on iPhones, Augmented Reality, and How He Plans to Change Your World

Earlier this year, video emerged of a new iPhone feature, long before it was released. It showed the phone creating a magical portal in the middle of a city street...

The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos
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The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos

Hany Farid, a computer scientist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, specialises in detecting manipulated images and videos. Farid, who provides his...

Is Your Bank Data Yours?
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Is Your Bank Data Yours?

Who owns the information in your bank account? Transactions, balance history, every other detail?

China's AI Awakening
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China's AI Awakening

On a tropical island that marks the southern tip of China, a computer program called Lengpudashi is playing one-on-one poker against a dozen people at once, and...

Why Is There No Nobel Prize in Technology?
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Why Is There No Nobel Prize in Technology?

As the world focuses its attention on this year's recipients of the planet's most prestigious prize, the Nobel, it feels like something's missing from the list:...

Algorithms Have Already Gone Rogue
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Algorithms Have Already Gone Rogue

For more than two decades, Tim O'Reilly has been the conscience of the tech industry.

Hey Professor: Jim H. Waldo
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Hey Professor: Jim H. Waldo

Computer Science Professor James "Jim" H. Waldo discusses privacy and technology in society today.

How the Chinese Cyberthreat HasĀ Evolved
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How the Chinese Cyberthreat HasĀ Evolved

With more than half of its 1.4 billion people online, the world's most populous country is home to a slew of cyberspies and hackers.

Let's Use the Government's Massive Databases to Make Better Policy
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Let's Use the Government's Massive Databases to Make Better Policy

Members of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking appear before Congress this week to present their final report (pdf). 

Misinformation Is the New Normal of Mass Shootings
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Misinformation Is the New Normal of Mass Shootings

On the morning after the deadliest shooting in modern American history, there was a certain predictability in the response to a tragedy that left at least 59 dead...

Forget Killer Robots; Bias Is the Real AI Danger
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Forget Killer Robots; Bias Is the Real AI Danger

Google's AI chief isn't fretting about super-intelligent killer robots. Instead, John Giannandrea is concerned about the danger that may be lurking inside the machine...

Are Computers Already Smarter Than Humans?
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Are Computers Already Smarter Than Humans?

Who's smarter—you, or the computer or mobile device on which you're reading this article? The answer is increasingly complex, and depends on definitions in flux...
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