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China's ambivalence about American technology has long been clear, but recently the nation kicked off a fresh, trash-talking effort targeting Windows 8, suggesting it is a threat to its national security.
Whether or not you caught wind of the excited announcement that "Eugene Goostman," a computer program ("chatbot") devised by Vladimir Veselov, Eugene Demchenko, and Sergey Ulasen, had passed the Turing Test this past week, there's…
Why is Tesla opening up its patents to competitors? Because rival electric car makers are not the enemy — petrol stations are.
I've been preoccupied lately with thoughts of marauding broomsticks, genies in bottles, and monkey's paws.
The marketers that follow you around the web are getting nosier.
I wake up at four to some old-timey dubstep spewing from my pillows.
Microsoft is making a significant investment in creating a practical version of the basic component needed to build a quantum computer, the company's head of research said Monday.
I was sitting in the bathtub in 2008 when I thought of a simple way Johannes Vermeer (Girl with a Pearl Earring) might have painted his photorealistic pictures 350 years ago, long before the invention of photography.
A few months ago I went to Cambridge, Mass. to check in with the Event Horizon Telescope crew and found Shep Doeleman, the project leader, fresh off the completion of a major purchase.
Enough with complaining that young people these days are addicted to their phones. The question you should be asking is: What do they know that you don't?
A year after Edward Snowden shocked citizens with details of how much of their lives are being snapped up by the National Security Agency, tech giants have sounded alarms about the government’s practices—but maintained near radio…
Over the weekend, the news broke that a "supercomputer" program called "Eugene Goostman"—an impersonation of a wisecracking, thirteen-year-old Ukranian boy—had become the first machine to pass the Turing Test.
Is Big Data going to revolutionize science and help us make a better world? Not based on what it's done so far.
Enrico Fermi, when asked about intelligent life on other planets, famously replied, "Where are they?"
Over the weekend, a group of programmers claimed they built a program that passed the famous Turing Test, in which a computer tries to trick judges into believing that it is a human.
"Learn to Code!" This imperative to program seems to be everywhere these days. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg recently donated ten million dollars to Code.org, a non-profit that believes that "every student in every school should…
HP Cloud Services vice president of product marketing and cloud evangelist Margaret Dawson discusses the technology gender divide.
Richard Clarke served as the nation's top counterterrorism official under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush before resigning in 2003 in protest of the Iraq War.
During the World Cup next week, there may be 1 minute during the opening ceremony when the boisterous stadium crowd in São Paulo falls silent: when a paraplegic young person wearing a brain-controlled, robotic exoskeleton attempts…
China's blistering attacks on U.S. tech firms is more than quid pro quo over cyberspying charges. It's a signal of China's growing confidence in its own technology capabilities. China is picking and choosing its targets carefully…
Thirty years ago today, a little game about dropping geometrically strange thingamajigs — originally clusters of punctuation marks—into neat, lookalike rows kicked off on a wild journey that led it (and its Russian creator, Alexey…
Writing code is a terrible way for humans to instruct computers.
If anyone outside Apple saw Swift coming, they certainly weren't making any public predictions.
Joss Wright is training a robot to freak people out.
Researchers in the Netherlands have just demonstrated that the quantum teleportation of information is now possible.
Three computer bugs this year exposed passwords, e-mails, financial data, and other kinds of sensitive information connected to potentially billions of people.
Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the United States was charging members of the Chinese military with economic espionage.
Just because you turned off your phone doesn't mean the NSA isn't using it to spy on you.
Robots may be poised to enter a new frontier in the workplace—but that doesn't mean the public is ready for it.
Ray Kurzweil is teaching computers how to read better—one more step in the march of technological progress.
As far as we know, only three or four original specimens of the Roman hand abacus have survived.
We don't experience program loops as blocks, started over, because time is one-way.