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The initial price of Bitcoin, set in 2010, was less than 1 cent.
Donald Trump's first State of the Union address failed to quell concerns over scientific policies.
If you thought 2016 was bad, just wait for the sequel.
The other day my barber asked me whether he should put all his money in Bitcoin. And the truth is that if he'd bought Bitcoin, say, a year ago he'd be feeling pretty good right now.
For all the excitement surrounding the gene-editing tool CRISPR, it is not that efficient or precise. It's hard to make many changes at once.
A month before turning 34, I received an unexpected birthday gift: a cloud-connected pacemaker.
American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Every artist was first an amateur." He likely never thought those words would apply to machines.
In the desperate scramble to rearm before the second world war there was always an undercurrent of pessimism.
I weigh the rock in my hand, then toss it back to the ground.
Maria Klawe has done what tech has not. For the past 11 years, she has served as the president of Harvey Mudd College, where the number of women in its computer science program has grown from 10 percent to 40 percent.
Alongside the excitement and hype about our growing reliance on artificial intelligence, there's fear about the way the technology works.
Ursula Le Guin imagined the future for a living, but her most prescient statement may have come in a speech.
Apple is selling out. It's not about the latest version of the iPhone, but the huge cache of personal data that will be going directly to the largest, and one of the harshest, authoritarian regimes in the world: the Communist…
The extraordinary rise in the value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has led many people to worry that this market is a giant bubble.
On January 3, the world learned about a series of major security vulnerabilities in modern microprocessors. Called Spectre and Meltdown, these vulnerabilities were discovered by several different researchers last summer, disclosed…
The National Science Foundation and the National Science Board have just released their biennial "Science & Engineering Indicators," a voluminous document describing the state of American technology.
In an interview, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor D. Fox Harrell discusses the development of Grayscale, a video game designed to make players sensitive to workplace sexual misconduct.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai believes artificial intelligence could have "more profound" implications for humanity than electricity or fire, according to recent comments.
Given that you write about the books industry, how do you prefer to read books? On a Kindle or iPad or some other device, or printed books?
Most people think about robots as autonomous machines guided by artificial intelligence.
For a species that's conquered Earth and traveled through space and invented the Slapchop, we humans sure are insecure when it comes to technology.
From biotech to climate change, advances in technology raise significant moral questions. To engage responsibly, our next generation of scientists need training in the arts and ethics.
In 2015 I was watching a dress rehearsal for a play about love, loss and aging. In a climactic scene, the lead actress gesticulated and shouted, while her co-star cowered before her—stuttering, repeating himself, faltering in…
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The sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an algorithm let loose in an English dictionary.
At one section of Google's giant outdoor booth at CES was an impromptu, carney-style one-man show, with a guy wearing dark sunglasses and a white Google Assistant jumpsuit loudly and enthusiastically giving away free electronics…
In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency was legally collecting millions of Americans' phone calls and electronic communications—including emails, Facebook messages, and browsing histories—without a …
Might the car of the future be able to read your mind?
Hundreds of gadget makers and software companies at this week's annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas are staking the success of their newest products on the latest and greatest processors from Intel, AMD, ARM and…
How do you quadruple your stock price without lifting a finger?
It is more than two decades since we learnt that the Universe is awash with other worlds. Since 1992, more than 3,500 exoplanets have been discovered orbiting stars other than our Sun.
The ambitious systems that we develop today need a proper requirements structure. The plan defined here organizes requirements specification along …
The circular slide rule was widely used until the 1970s.
The focus is on executable exams for an Introduction to Computer Science course.