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When was the last time you read an online review about a local business or service on a platform like Yelp?
On the day after Aaron Swartz's death in January, President Reif and I spoke about how MIT might respond to the breaking news of his suicide.
What is realism?
After their son's suicide, one Wisconsin couple was desperate for answers.
What is a quantum computer?
In 1983, intrigued by an article on fractals, I wrote a program to display the Mandelbrot set on my family's TRS-80 Color Computer.
Technology writer Clive Thompson believes technology is improving human intelligence.
If creationists in Texas get their way, high-school students throughout the U.S. could soon be reading biology textbooks that falsely cast doubt on the scientific validity of evolution.
Almost immediately after receiving their new school-issued iPads this fall, students in Indiana and in California (and probably elsewhere) managed to bypass the security on the devices, "hacking" them for "non-schoolwork" purposes…
Former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold has been anything but idle since stepping out of his role as computer technology czar, founding a controversial patent hoarding venture that is now among the world's largest owners of intellectual…
The recent revelation that the National Security Agency collects the personal data of United States citizens, allies and enemies alike has broken the traditional erning the bond between science and society.
While the collection of private information by the National Security Agency is under scrutiny worldwide, a remarkable amount of your digital trail is also available to local law enforcement officers, IRS investigators, the FBI…
It is now 30 years since I launched the campaign for freedom in computing, that is, for software to be free or "libre" (we use that word to emphasize that we're talking about freedom, not price).
How the speed of modern tools may decelerate development.
Also, the perils of premature rebooting.
Medical device hacking is a red herring. But the flaws are real.
Esteem for efficiency should be tempered with respect for robustness.
Considering the key elements of successful startups.