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April 2016


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The Senate's Draft Encryption Bill Is 'ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate'

The Senate's Draft Encryption Bill Is 'ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate'

As Apple Battled the FBI for the last two months over the agency's demands that Apple help crack its own encryption, both the tech community and law enforcement hoped that Congress would weigh in with some sort of compromise…


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The Man Selling Shovels in the Machine-Learning Gold Rush

The Man Selling Shovels in the Machine-Learning Gold Rush

Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of the chipmaker Nvidia, is either very prescient or very lucky.


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When Is the Singularity? Probably Not in Your Lifetime

When Is the Singularity? Probably Not in Your Lifetime

Misconception: Computers will outstrip human capabilities within many of our lifetimes.


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Technology Gone Wild

Technology Gone Wild

Birding — the amateur pursuit of watching and monitoring bird populations — is a big deal. The numbers back it up.


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What If Apple Is Wrong?

What If Apple Is Wrong?

Soon after Devon Godfrey was shot to death in his apartment in Harlem on the evening of April 12, 2010, officers with the New York Police Department thought they knew who did it.


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Lessons from Apple vs. the F.b.i.

Lessons from Apple vs. the F.b.i.

It's welcome news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has dropped its legal effort to force Apple to help it create a method of accessing data on a locked iPhone 5C used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the perpetrators ofSan…


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To Beat Go Champion, Google's Program Needed a Human Army

To Beat Go Champion, Google's Program Needed a Human Army

Nearly 20 years ago, after a chess-playing computer called Deep Blue beat the world grandmaster Garry Kasparov, I wrote an article about why humans would long remain the champions in the game of Go.


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Is Alphago Really Such a Big Deal?

Is Alphago Really Such a Big Deal?

In 1997, IBM's Deep Blue system defeated the world chess champion, Garry Kasparov.


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Mind Craft

Mind Craft

Concerned because you can't pry your daughter away from Minecraft? Worried that your son spends every moment obsessing over moves in the super-popular video game?


From Communications of the ACM

The Internet and Inequality

The Internet and Inequality

Is universal access to the Internet a realistic method for addressing worldwide socioeconomic inequality?


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The Need For Corporate Diplomacy

The Need For Corporate Diplomacy

Whether global companies succeed or fail often depends on how effectively they develop and maintain cooperative relationships with other organizations and governments.


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Beyond Viral

Beyond Viral

The proliferation of social media usage has not resulted in significant social change.


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GNL Is Not Linux

GNL Is Not Linux

What's in a name?

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