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Netflix and Amazon have been nominated for hundreds of Emmys and Golden Globe awards in recent years, and that is a testament to both the quality of those companies and the transformation of television.
Fan Hui, the European Go champion, needed some fresh air. "I don't understand myself anymore."
Nearly 20 years ago, I was fortunate enough to play friendly blitz chess against former world champion Garry Kasparov.
"What if you could type directly from your brain?" Regina Dugan said, as the same words appeared on the towering screen behind her, one digital character at a time, a cursor leading the way.
Had artificial intelligence been named something less spooky, we'd probably worry about it less.
The election of a politically inexperienced president in the United States, Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the initial rejection of a peace deal in a Colombian referendum to end an armed conflict all signal dissatisfaction…
Science seems to be under attack in America, so much so that scientists and their supporters are marching in the streets.
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, by way of blogger and cartoonist Tim Urban, has revealed in a 36,400-word illustrated explainer the thinking behind his new company Neuralink and its mission to use brain implants to directly…
The same week that President Trump issued his hire American executive order, the president of one of China's top tech companies said his company wants to do the same thing.
From balloon-based Internet to self-driving cars, Astro Teller and his team have produced some of the world's most ambitious technology products.
Let's take a breath: Robots and artificial intelligence systems are nowhere near displacing the human workforce.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived.
Steve Wozniak is one half of Silicon Valley's most prototypical founder's myth.
Advances in technology pose huge challenges for jobs. Productivity levels have never been higher in the United States, for example, but income for the bottom 50% of earners has stagnated since 1999 (see 'Job shifts').
But the anti-science stance of the current administration — silencing scientists, removing data from federal websites, proposing drastic funding cuts — hits my core.
Just as ancient Greeks fantasized about soaring flight, today's imaginations dream of melding minds and machines as a remedy to the pesky problem of human mortality.
Telecommunications policy has been in flux since President Trump designated Ajit Pai the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in January.
Now that President Trump has signed legislation repealing landmark federal privacy protections for Internet users, many in Washington are trying to decipher what the move could mean for net neutrality.
Sometime before dawn on March 29th, not too many hours after Congress approved legislation that allows Internet-service providers to sell your browsing history to whoever wants to buy it, a coder named Dan Schultz released aInternet…
Once upon a time, mathematicians imagined their job was to discover new mathematics and then let others explain it.
More than two decades ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the thing you're using to read this story right now—the World Wide Web.
As the Russian shells and rockets rained down on them in the front-line town of Debaltseve in February 2015, Ukrainian troops began to receive curious, anonymous SMS messages on their cellphones.
President Trump's long-promised changes to the United States' high-skilled worker visa program may have to wait another year. For tech leaders, this decision to at least postpone changes to the H-1B program may come as a relief…
Mediating social change or reinforcing male hegemony?
AI: Soft and hard, weak and strong, narrow and general. Dear KV,
Seeking to use software, hardware, and algorithmic ingenuity to create unique domain-independent instruments.
In his keynote address before the fifth edition of the Tech Open Air conference in Berlin in 2016, Kickstarter's cofounder and CEO Yancey Strickler suggests the city's tech community faces "a very rare opportunity."
James Bond-like spies have been eclipsed by a new generation of operatives who don't travel the world (not physically, anyway) …
Finding errors is not the same strategy as making sure that a product works.
Early on in the study of quantum computers, computer scientists …
Getting robots to do things isn't easy: Usually, scientists have …
A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of …