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If aliens are trying to talk to us (or even if they are not), Jill Tarter will be the one to find them.
Looking to modernize voting practices, speed waiting times at the polls, increase voter turnout and generally make voting more convenient, many government officials—and some companies hawking voting systems—are looking to an …
Artificial intelligence research has a lot to learn from nature.
In September, Eric Schmidt, the former Google chief executive and Alphabet chairman, said that in the next 10 to 15 years, the internet would most likely be split in two—one internet led by China and one internet led by the United…
At the WIRED25 festival in San Francisco Sunday evening, Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot got onstage and did what no other quadruped robot has done before: It danced the running man like it was born to.
Late in 2016, then-US President Barack Obama mused in an interview with The New Yorker magazine that he had probably been elected because his campaign had begun before the old media order collapsed.
More than 40 years ago, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft with a vision for putting a personal computer on every desk.
The great social media cleanup of the past two years hasn't seemed to leave it much cleaner.
The data was like nothing Margaret Kivelson and her team of physicists ever expected.
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.
Microsoft is currently running an interesting set of hardware experiments.
Should American citizens get a new Bill of Rights for the internet?
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, spies in China managed to insert chips into computer systems that would allow external control of those systems.
As Japan lands a third probe on Ryugu asteroid, Nature looks at the Hayabusa2 mission in more detail.
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 many of his previous speeches.
Watching a 50th anniversary screening of "2001: A Space Odyssey," I found myself, a mathematician and computer scientist whose research includes work related to artificial intelligence, comparing the story's vision of the future…
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 disinformation to manipulate public opinion.
Artificial intelligence is transforming the traditional delivery of legal services.
Despite the ubiquity of computers in modern society, the vast majority of today's students never study computer science or computer programming.
Considering the similarities of quantum computing development to the early years of conventional computing.
A proposal for teaching the organizational, legal, and international aspects of cybersecurity.
Teach your junior programmers how to read code.
A global collaborative project for the benefit of all.
Assessing whether newcomers have a more difficult time achieving paper acceptance at established conferences.
Does a super computer have a really big chip in it? Would we be more or less clever if computers …
In the U.S., a shift in who pays to prepare computer science (CS) teachers.
Regarding the discovery of new documents about the H.W. Egli AG (Zurich) company in the Museum für Kommunikation, Berne, Switzerland.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai was upbeat Monday when he told WIRED about …
NASA's next Mars rover—the first to gather rock samples meant …
A new artificial intelligence system uses patient data to predict …