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My coffee maker is texting me again. It's scheduled to make coffee tomorrow, the message says, but I need to refill its water tank.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission, by a vote of three to two, enacted its strongest-ever rules on net neutrality, preserving an open Internet by prohibiting broadband providers from blocking or slowing content that…
Robots are becoming more of a reality in everyday life, and movies have started to overhaul their depiction of them. They're gentler, friendlier, and often better-looking.
Someone who knows things about us has some measure of control over us, and someone who knows everything about us has a lot of control over us.
What would you do with an extra 40 minutes in a day?
Frank Schembari loves books—printed books.
Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is having a moment, albeit one marked by crucial ambiguities.
How can we bring our knowledge to bear on a problem?
Here we go again.
Making contact with aliens: the subject of many a sci-fi story, and a variety of imagined outcomes. Though no one knows what will happen if we encounter intelligent extra-terrestrial life, scientists are divided on how we should…
In Akira Kurosawa's film "Rashomon," a samurai has been murdered, but it's not clear why or by whom.
Citizenfour is filmmaker Laura Poitras' account of the first meetings between herself, Glenn Greenwald, and Edward Snowden.
Freeman Dyson, 91, the famed physicist, author and oracle of human destiny, is holding forth after tea-time one February afternoon in the common room of the Institute for Advanced Study.
University of California, Davis assistant professor Yong Jae Lee discusses his computer vision research. In one study, he developed an algorithm that automatically creates a short visual summary of a very long video taken by…
I have come to think of Tinder as a sort algorithm for the mind.
Good news! A major hack you don't have to worry about! Unless, that is, you happen to be an executive or security employee at one of the hundreds of banks targeted by the group that's come to be known as Carbanak or Anunak.
In recent months, Sir Jonathan Ive, the forty-seven-year-old senior vice-president of design at Apple—who used to play rugby in secondary school, and still has a bench-pressing bulk that he carries a little sheepishly, as if…
Google is all over the place.
The first car I ever drove was a bashed Land Rover Defender.
What you are about to read was written by a human. Honest.
Our computers have become too easy to use.
Is another human being necessary for satisfying sex?
What Stanford University is to Silicon Valley, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is to Israel’s booming tech sector.
Vint Cerf, a "father of the internet", says he is worried that all the images and documents we have been saving on computers will eventually be lost.
Technology giants often meet their end not with a bang but a whimper, a slow, imperceptible descent into irrelevancy that may not immediately be reflected in the anodyne language of corporate earnings reports.
Gordon Moore's famous calculation of the gains in power and economy that would drive chip production continues to have profound implications for every enterprise, no matter what the sector. But most of us have difficulty grasping…
In the internet of things, the Federal Trade Commission sees the possibility of flourishing new markets. But it also sees a prologue to Black Mirror: in a new report that probes the privacy implications of connected devices,…
Cars and trucks today are computers, and a new report overseen by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., comes with a warning: As more vehicles have wireless connections, the data stored in them is vulnerable to stealing, hacking and the same…
As a graphics designer, I have a love/hate relationship with circles.
Years ago I had coffee with a friend who ran a startup.
Keith Abney of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences group of California Polytechnic State University surveys the moral landscape of cyberwar.
What are schools for, and is coding a necessary part of that?
The abstraction from big data on English words of distributed vector representations computing simple semantic aspects has drawn interest from …
Comets that take more than 200 years to make one …
Researchers have developed a biological computer that functions inside living …
Science is in the throes of a reproducibility crisis, and researchers …