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Thanks to advances in technology, we may soon revisit a question raised four centuries ago: Are there things we should try not to know?
In the scramble to gain market share in cyberspace, something is getting lost: the public interest.
In a decade, cognitive enhancement may have gone mainstream.
When its handlers finally steer it into a collision course with Saturn in 2017, the spacecraft Cassini will have been in space for two decades, 13 of those years spent in orbit around the planet that will eventually become its…
The anti-virus software company AVG has created PrivacyFix, an app to help you get a handle on just how much you're worth to big-time data players Facebook and Google.
Recently retired director of the U.S. National Security Agency and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command General Keith Alexander was interviewed by Australian Financial Review contributing editor Christopher Joye. This is a full…
It's a wet monday morning in Stockholm, and the door to Markus Persson's office is closed.
If the so-called Internet of Things ever becomes one of those proverbial next big things in technology, Thomas Lee, a card-carrying member of the cohort of big brains who populate Silicon Valley, figures to play a pivotal role…
Like many people in this modern world, I struggle with the tension between the conveniences offered by the latest technology and the loss of privacy that comes with them.
Ever got to grips with a problem? Picked up a new skill? Grasped a difficult concept? The language of learning is full of references to parts of the body outside the brain.
For decades, the mouse was a key component of how one interacted with a computer.
The most powerful people in the country are just not as good as teenagers when it comes to being discreet. Mostly that’s by design—there are freedom of information laws meant to keep official correspondence public, to a point…
On October 29, 2012, when Hurricane Sandy made landfall, I was in my Brooklyn apartment, refreshing Twitter.
Last week, the White House released its report on big data and its privacy implications, the result of a 90-day study commissioned by President Obama during his January 17 speech on NSA surveillance reforms. Now that we've had…
An American friend living in Beijing once said she refused to communicate with anyone whose email address consisted of a string of numbers, such as email@example.com.
A major, global cyberterrorist attack has long been the stuff of fiction, the threat that a malevolent hacker could bring down businesses, sabotage power plants and cause widespread death and destruction by bringing down planes…
With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as…
While it can be a blast going to see the latest Hollywood sci-fi thriller, watching it along with a leading expert in the science and technology fields relevant to the dystopian color and light in front of you can make it that…
No one ever accused Mark Zuckerberg of standing pat.
Should police be able to search the contents of your smartphone without a warrant?
Now in its seventh season, the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory is more popular than ever, averaging 19.79 million viewers per episode; and it’s not going away anytime soon.
Brain chips mean we are struggling to distinguish our own thoughts from ideas implanted by advertisers.
How video games thrive in a world of piracy.
Evaluating the evolving controversial digital currency.
Reflections on a British computer engineer who influenced several important machines, including the first stored-program computer.
Considering the societal implications of the robotics revolution.
Bringing educators together and focusing their interests toward improving computer science education in high schools.