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Now that you work at the White House, approximately how many times a day do you find yourself thinking, God, we did this so much better at Google?
Interplanetary flight is the next giant leap for humans in space. Yet consensus on even the smallest steps forward has proven elusive.
When massive open online courses first grabbed the spotlight in 2011, many saw in them promise of a revolutionary force that would disrupt traditional higher education by expanding access and reducing costs.
University of California, Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg is establishing a research center that will focus on developing surgical robots.
The most important technological skill for all employees is being able to code.
The introduction of Apple Pay last Monday was widely described as the dawn of a new era for smartphone payments.
A few months ago I made the trek to the sylvan campus of the IBM research labs in Yorktown Heights, New York, to catch an early glimpse of the fast-arriving, long-overdue future of artificial intelligence.
Think online video is old hat? Think again.
Gloomy economic news and the wild swings of the stock market may be getting you down. But at least you can count on this: We’ve entered the sweet spot of the iPhone cycle.
A critical review of open innovation systems.
Would you share your innermost secret with a robot?
William Gibson lives in an overwhelmingly green suburb with old-money roots south of Vancouver's downtown, and it is in this suburb that I am currently wandering, looking for William Gibson.
Of Christine Kenneally’s father’s father—a man neither Kenneally nor her father ever knew, a man who did the deed requisite to reproduction and promptly vanished—she asks, "Did he leave anything more significant than the loud…
The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges.
In an interview, satellite radio pioneer and futurist Martine Rothblatt says she believes there is little doubt humans will eventually invent ways to create virtual people and fully digital consciousnesses.
Christian Rudder is a good writer—so good, in fact, it's easy for readers of Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) to be smitten by his engaging and funny stories.
In 1959, I worked as a scientist at Allied Research Associates in Boston.
It's not hard to coax an opinion out of Marc Andreessen.
Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri.
From the garden terrace of a sixth-floor walkup on a quiet Berlin street, there was a clear view to the TV Tower, in Alexanderplatz.
James Comey, the director of the FBI, says the Internet is the most dangerous parking lot imaginable.
Four years ago I interviewed Sam Yagan, then CEO of OKCupid, about the mathematics underlying his free matchmaking site.
Advances in information and communications technology are destroying more jobs in advanced economies than the advances are creating. This poses a political challenge for governments throughout the developed world.
Jay's wife, Ann, was supposed to be out of town on business.
You almost certainly don't need a digital smart lock for your front door.
These days Germany is known for being many things: a leader in clean technology, a manufacturing powerhouse, Europe's foreign policy center.
Where you live says a lot about you—and nobody knows that better than marketeers. Now, though, you can take a glimpse at what they know, using this searchable map built by software company Esri.
When Vint Cerf, often called the "father of the Internet," is speaking, it's wise to listen.
The computer and the Internet are among the most important inventions of our era, but few people know who created them.
Who is Camille Noûs, who has contributed to hundreds of papers on Google Scholar?
By 2019, I generally thought there wasn't much that could surprise me about organizing meetups. Then Covid-19 hit. I was …
Napier's multiplication and division rods, deriving from the basic multiplication table, simplify calculations considerably.