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Criticism of big tech companies that track us across the internet without our informed consent misses a bigger picture: There are hundreds of ad-tracking companies that do the same, and regulators have been powerless to rein …
Call it the Great Convergence of Creepiness. The first bit, the uncanny valley, we're all familiar with by now: If a humanoid robot looks super realistic, but not quite realistic enough, it freaks us out.
The number of components in electronic circuits has doubled every two years since the 1960s—a trend known as Moore's law.
Two Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes have crashed under similar circumstances in the past six months, one in October in Indonesia and the other in Ethiopia last week.
As you read this, over a million people are in flight. Close to a third of the commercial airplanes in the sky at any given moment are Boeing 737s: it is the best-selling jetliner in history.
The fraying World Wide Web needs to rediscover its strengths and grow into maturity, its designer Tim Berners-Lee said on Monday, marking the 30th anniversary of the collaborative software project his supervisor initially dubbed…
Encryption should have limits. That's the message FBI Director Christopher Wray had for cybersecurity experts Tuesday.
At an industry event in Hanover, Maryland last week, former National Security Council cybersecurity policy coordinator and acting Homeland Security Advisor Rob Joyce—now back at the National Security Agency as senior advisor …
What are your most important tech tools for reporting in Shanghai, especially with a government known for surveillance?
It is unclear how many intelligent civilizations have arisen in the Milky Way galaxy so far, but if some have, a pressing question comes to mind: Were they or are they more intelligent than we are?
President Donald Trump's trade war with China has left a trail of economic wreckage across American industries from soybean farms to auto manufacturers.
Researchers, companies and countries around the world are racing to explore—and exploit—the possibilities of artificial intelligence technology.
The killer machines are coming. Robotic weapons that target and destroy without human supervision are poised to start a revolution in warfare comparable to the invention of gunpowder or the atomic bomb.
The hunt is on for materials that have exotic properties, to enhance quantum computers, touch screens and electronic displays, and to double the efficiency of solar cells, for example.
Considering the implications of the "link tax" provision of the proposed EU Directive for the Digital Single Market for traditional press publishers.
Time for balanced reflections on technology.
A discussion of the rapidly evolving realm of practical cyber security.
A call to rethink ethics and equity in computing education.
Envisioning computing education that both teaches and empowers.
There are two ways to proceed with political discourse in cyberspace, if the trolls are to be tamed.
How to deal with Roman numerals and without a sign for zero in an additive number system, if no hand …
Our goal should not be Computational Thinking, but Science, Mathematics, History, Engineering, and *Everything* Thinking.
These non-standard automatons appear best suited for applications under water …
Research into next-generation storage techniques marches forward, yet tape remains …
Employers monitoring their workforce must balance productivity and security considerations …