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Genevieve Bell is an Australian anthropologist who has been working at tech company Intel for 18 years, where she is currently head of sensing and insights.
If you get your news from social media, as most Americans do, you are exposed to a daily dose of hoaxes, rumors, conspiracy theories and misleading news.
Donald Trump's win is a wake-up call that voters are angry with a system that's made middle-class jobs tougher to come by, and increased inequality.
Imagine going on Facebook and finding no political posts—just your friends and their updates.
Clément Garnier doesn't know how much time he has left.
I've long suspected that Mark Zuckerberg, who often refers to himself as the "leader" of Facebook, has dreams of high office.
Pundits will debate the wellsprings of Donald Trump's election triumph for years.
Donald Trump's ascension to the White House had very little to do with his views on the spread of high-speed broadband, wireless spectrum allocation—or any number of other eye-glazing but important issues impacting technology…
This week the U.S. elected businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump as its 45th president. As Scientific American has reported in the run-up to the election, Trump's views on science, health and medicine appear unformed at…
Silicon Valley's luminaries woke up Wednesday morning to a darkened new global order, one that the ceaseless optimism of their tech-powered visions seemed suddenly unable to conquer.
It was a rough night for number crunchers. And for the faith that people in every field—business, politics, sports and academia—have increasingly placed in the power of data.
President-elect Donald Trump could eviscerate some of the most significant tech policies of the 21st century, all but erasing President Obama's Internet agenda and undoing years of effort by lawmakers, tech companies and consumer…
Yesterday, America elected as president the apparently preferred candidate of Russia's intelligence agencies.
When the 2016 campaign began, legacy news organizations already faced dim industry projections.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump will now become the 45th president, succeeding President Barack Obama.
We will awaken Sunday to yet another disturbance in the chronosphere—our twice-yearly jolt from resetting the clocks, mechanical and biological.
I have a vivid, recurring dream. I climb the stairs in my parents' house to see my old bedroom. In the back corner, I hear a faint humming.
Online voting is sometimes heralded as a solution to all our election headaches.
You may have thought that if you owned your digital devices, you were allowed to do whatever you like with them.
This summer, I visited the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico.
When America goes to the polls on Nov. 8, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, it will likely experience the culmination of a new form of information war.
On a bright fall morning at Stanford, Tom Mullaney is telling me what's wrong with QWERTY keyboards.
HAL 9000, the sentient computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey, offers an ominous glimpse of a future in which machines endowed with artificial intelligence reject human authority.
A new task force of industry experts wants to help home-grown semiconductor companies square up to their overseas challengers.
The next U.S. president will face a cybercrisis in the first 100 days of their presidency, research firm Forrester predicts in a new report.
Brian Behlendorf knows it's a cliché for veteran technologists like himself to argue that society could be run much better if we just had the right software.
There is power in numbers, or so the saying goes. But statistics mean different things to different people. Take Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, for instance.
Members of The New York Times Developers recently made their first group trip to the Grace Hopper Celebration. At 15,000 attendees, GHC is the world's largest gathering of women in computing.
Two software giants continue with legal sparring after an initial judicial decision.
Seeking to make computing education as available as mathematics or science education.
How should software engineers try to classify their reflections?
To game a programmed system means thwarting non-programmed intention.
The ambitious systems that we develop today need a proper requirements structure. The plan defined here organizes requirements specification along …