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April 2018


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The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete

The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete

The scientific paper—the actual form of it—was one of the enabling inventions of modernity. Before it was developed in the 1600s, results were communicated privately in letters, ephemerally in lectures, or all at once in books…


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How Mark Zuckerberg Protects His Own Privacy Online

How Mark Zuckerberg Protects His Own Privacy Online

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a rare conference call with reporters on Wednesday as part of the company's newfound spirit of openness with the media in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.


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Einstein, Bohr and the War Over Quantum Theory

Einstein, Bohr and the War Over Quantum Theory

All hell broke loose in physics some 90 years ago. Quantum theory emerged—partly in heated clashes between Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr.


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Why 2001: A Space Odyssey's Mystery Endures, 50 Years On

Why 2001: A Space Odyssey's Mystery Endures, 50 Years On

Michael Benson's new book Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece offers a fresh look at the making of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, a movie about space travel and the inception…


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What '2001' Got Right

What '2001' Got Right

It's a testament to the lasting influence of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke's film "2001: A Space Odyssey," which turns 50 this week, that the disc-shaped card commemorating the German Film Museum's new exhibition on the…


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The Ageless Appeal of 2001: A Space Odyssey 

The Ageless Appeal of 2001: A Space Odyssey 

In 1968, film-maker Stanley Kubrick and his screenwriting colleague, science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, presented 2001: A Space Odyssey. Half a century later, this unprecedentedly detailed speculation about our place in…


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It's Not My Fault, My Brain Implant Made Me Do It

It's Not My Fault, My Brain Implant Made Me Do It

Mr. B loves Johnny Cash, except when he doesn't. Mr. X has watched his doctors morph into Italian chefs right before his eyes.


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Enough With the Trolley Problem

Enough With the Trolley Problem

You know the drill by now: A runaway trolley is careening down a track. There are five workers ahead, sure to be killed if the trolley reaches them.


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It's Not Just Facebook. Thousands of Companies Are Spying on You 

It's Not Just Facebook. Thousands of Companies Are Spying on You 

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, news articles and commentators have focused on what Facebook knows about us. A lot, it turns out.


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How Cambridge Analytica's Facebook Targeting Model Really Worked, According to the Person Who Built It

How Cambridge Analytica's Facebook Targeting Model Really Worked, According to the Person Who Built It

The researcher whose work is at the center of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data analysis and political advertising uproar has revealed that his method worked much like the one Netflix uses to recommend movies.


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Popping Kernels

Popping Kernels

Choosing between programming in the kernel or in user space.


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Business Ecosystems: How Do They Matter for Innovation?

Business Ecosystems

Considering the significant interrelationship of innovation, corporate strategy, and public policy for business ecosystems.


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Smartphones, Contents of the Mind, and the Fifth Amendment

Smartphones, Contents of the Mind, and the Fifth Amendment

Exploring the connection qualities between smartphones and their users.


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Push Versus Pull

Push Versus Pull

Flipping the publishing business model.

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