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Year-end technology prediction lists can be dull fodder devoted to pie-in-the-sky concepts, outlandish marketing claims or rehashes of familiar trends.
When I heard that Albert Einstein's papers were going to be published free online, I was thrilled—at least initially.
On a sunny afternoon in May, 2009, seven astronauts strapped themselves into the space shuttle Atlantis and rocketed toward the heavens.
Machine learning—an area of AI focusing on systems that "learn" from data in order to navigate future similar scenarios—is one of the ways we’ve managed to give systems like search the ability to make sense of our analog world…
In September of last year, Chinese authorities announced an unorthodox standard to help them decide whether to punish people for posting online comments that are false, defamatory, or otherwise harmful: Was a message popular…
Recent attempts by the EU Parliament to censure and control Google's activities are misguided and possibly politically motivated, according to IMD Professor Michael Wade.
The robots will rise, we're told.
"We found that people were searching for squirrels just to favorite them, just to click 'like.' And the same with buses."
When my 4-year-old told me the other day that she was "ready for princesses," part of me died.
Information technology is revolutionizing products. Once composed solely of mechanical and electrical parts, products have become complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity…
He told the BBC: "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."
The war over science is heating up on Capitol Hill.
When "Captain Ridley's shooting party" gathered here in late August 1938 as weekend guests at Bletchley Park, a Buckinghamshire country house, they were accompanied by one of the finest chefs from the Savoy hotel.
The best electron and scanning probe microscopes today can resolve individual atoms and chemical bonds.
Even famed hacker Kevin Mitnick—labeled a "computer terrorist" by the FBI in the '90s—worries about getting hacked.
A new book inspires a reflection on what it means to be a whole, competent, and effective professional — and may portend a wave of disruption in education.
Do not irk your local sysadmin.
Seeking to improve information integration throughout the manufacturing process.
What technology companies, especially startups, need to know about building great places to work — for her and him — in the digital age.
The on-ramp might appear free but exiting takes a toll.
Who is Camille Noûs, who has contributed to hundreds of papers on Google Scholar?
By 2019, I generally thought there wasn't much that could surprise me about organizing meetups. Then Covid-19 hit. I was …
Napier's multiplication and division rods, deriving from the basic multiplication table, simplify calculations considerably.