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Tim Webber is a visual effects supervisor who has worked on an array of critically acclaimed blockbusters.
Days after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 shortly after midnight on Saturday, investigators considering a range of possible causes—mechanical failure, pilot error and terrorism—have yet to turn up solid clues…
Every year, just before South by Southwest Interactive starts, the froth starts churning. Everybody begins wondering what this year’s breakout hit app will be.
In the last few days we've seen a spate of headlines like 2029: the year when robots will have the power to outsmart their makers, all occasioned by an Observer interview with Google's newest director of engineering Ray Kurzweil…
Let's start with one thing you hear over and over again when interviewing people about privacy: "I've got nothing to hide."
For more than a year now, tens of millions of Americans have found time each day to devote themselves to an essential task: swiping at their phones and tablets to arrange colorful candy icons in rows.
Back when we first started getting reports of the Chinese breaking into U.S. computer networks for espionage purposes, we described it in some very strong language.
The British scientist and polymath Stephen Wolfram has always had big ambitions.
With its single-serving coffee pods, Green Mountain Coffee has transformed the business of brew.
Since 2001, the Human Dynamics Laboratory at the MIT Media Lab has used digital technologies—from home-brewed portable sensors to cellphone call records—to try to get a quantitative handle on the nature and the consequences of…
Microsoft Corp largely missed the mobile market in the last decade, its recently departed chief executive officer said Tuesday.
When Radia Perlman attended MIT in the late '60s and '70s, she was one of just a few dozen women (about 50) out of a class of 1,000.
Edward Snowden could have been thwarted from leaking classified U.S. documents if the National Security Agency encrypted the information to make it unreadable, two former senior cybersecurity officials said.
Shortly after Tim Cook succeeded Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple in August 2011, he told a confidant that he got up every morning reminding himself just to do the right thing—and not to think about what Steve would have done.
I once ran into a friend and her husband at the playground in our neighborhood in Manhattan.
On Friday, what had been the world's leading Bitcoin exchange declared bankrutpcy, claiming that hackers had exploited a technical issue called "transaction malleability" to steal 750,000 bitcoins.
The idea of erasing and implanting memories is a common feature of science fiction films such as Total Recall and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
The global bitcoin community was rocked this week by a pair of tragic mishaps.
Encouraging students to become comfortable exercising ethical discernment in a professional context with their peers.
A new report from Chile about improving economic competitiveness advances a novel interpretation of innovation. Timing is everything.
Considering the implications of the late-2013 ruling in favor of Google in the Authors Guild case.
Sharing lessons learned from experiences creating successful multidisciplinary research centers.
Codifying human rights and inclusiveness in a technical context for people with disabilities.