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Cybersnooping was always scheduled to be an important topic during President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
North Korea and Iran are viewed as threats to the world because of their potential to field weapons of mass destruction, but they are far more likely to focus their malfeasance on "mass disruption" via cyber attacks.
Over the last few years, the rhetoric if not the actuality of cyberwarfare has been escalating.
If you walk the halls at MIT, you may notice a lot of students wearing T-shirts bearing the Dropbox logo. It's a simple design—an opened box—but one that carries outsize significance at the Institute: Alumnus Drew Houston '05…
It's only a matter of time, really. Google Glass, Epson's Movierio, the Oculus Rift, and similar technologies are at the cutting edge of wearable technologies. Sci-fi has certainly given us a glimpse at the potential future:…
From an early age we are taught the importance of fighting fairly.
Eighty thousand people recently applied for a trip to Mars, an excursion that will allegedly be funded by selling reality-TV show rights for the voyage.
The camera pushes in. And there, near the meridian line, you see a faint scattering of red lights. Something is in the tar. And it's glowing.
At last, some good news about America's dysfunctional patent system: the White House has noticed there's a problem.
Facebook, which once seemed poised to take over the Internet, is showing its limitations: a host of newer services are gaining ground among trend-setting youth; a much-hyped smartphone app has received a tepid response; and grand…
No crevice of the human experience is safe.
Few gadgets have generated as much excitement and hostility as Google Glass, a voice-activated computer-monitor combo worn on eyeglass frames.
Pretty much everyone (myself included) has been reading Google+ wrongly.
Rand Paul is having some problems with the jerks back at the office. So today he's bypassing them on a road trip through Silicon Valley.
When we talk about design nowadays, the focus has been on the lures (or dangers) of flat design and skeumorphism; whether there should be (or really are any) intuitive interfaces; and wearable, maybe "disappearing" interfaces…
The FBI wants a new law that will make it easier to wiretap the Internet.
Whether or not your child grows up to be the next Zuckerberg, programming is a highly useful skill for him or her to learn.
"The New Digital Age" is a startlingly clear and provocative blueprint for technocratic imperialism, from two of its leading witch doctors, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, who construct a new idiom for United States global power…
Where reality stops and perception begins.
Whenever someone asks you to trust them, don't.
Rules of thumb stated as numerical rules are enticing, but many are folk theorems that may not apply in your critical situation.
Connecting Internet access with freedom of expression and creativity.
Whether forecasting is valuable.
The Space Shuttle software program can provide guidance to today's projects.
The world's largest mass-produced cylindrical slide rules come from Loga-Calculator AG in Zurich/Uster, Switzerland.
The role of early high-performance computing capabilities in World War II.
Best paper awardee at SIGCSE 2020 on the impacts on first-year students of competitive enrollment.