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Is It Unethical to Design Robots to Resemble Humans?
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Is It Unethical to Design Robots to Resemble Humans?

Society's push toward anthropomorphized machines and humanized virtual assistants could have the unplanned effect of dehumanizing actual human beings. 

Teaching Computer Science Is Great, But It's Not Enough
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Teaching Computer Science Is Great, But It's Not Enough

Although progress has been made on providing more computer science education to K-12 students, the United States is still years away from providing adequate CS education...

Building Privacy Right Into Software Code
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Building Privacy Right Into Software Code

When I was 15, my parents did not allow me to use AOL Instant Messenger. All of my friends used it, so I had to find a way around this rule.

The Next iPhone Could Have a Lot in Common with Google Glass
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The Next iPhone Could Have a Lot in Common with Google Glass

A new report from UBS Securities analyst Steven Milunovich offers some interesting possibilities of how Apple may use augmented reality on its next iPhone.

Before the Internet
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Before the Internet

Before the Internet, you would just sit in an armchair with a book open on your lap, staring into space or staring at a decorative broom on the wall—kind of shifting...

The iPhone Is 10 Years Old. Here's the Story of Its Birth.
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The iPhone Is 10 Years Old. Here's the Story of Its Birth.

Before anybody outside Apple was aware of it, the project that would become the iPhone was referred to internally by the code name Purple.

Minitel, the Open Network Before the Internet
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Minitel, the Open Network Before the Internet

In 1991, most Americans had not yet heard of the internet.

The Maths of Life and Death: Our Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Disease
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The Maths of Life and Death: Our Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Disease

Maths is the language of science.

Humans Can't Expect AI to Just Fight Fake News for Them
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Humans Can't Expect AI to Just Fight Fake News for Them

Here's some news that's not fake: Not everything you can read on the internet is true.

First the Cloud, Now AI Takes on the Scientific Method
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First the Cloud, Now AI Takes on the Scientific Method

Back when I was doing research, one of my advisors once joked that, if you wait long enough, you can produce an old result using new methods, manage to get it published...

Designing Antiviral Proteins via Computer Could Help Halt the Next Pandemic 
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Designing Antiviral Proteins via Computer Could Help Halt the Next Pandemic 

As Bill Gates sees it, there are three main threats to our species: nuclear war, climate change and the next global pandemic.

The Latest NSA Leak Is a Reminder that Your Bosses Can See Your Every Move
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The Latest NSA Leak Is a Reminder that Your Bosses Can See Your Every Move

It took just days for authorities to arrest and charge a federal contractor with leaking classified intelligence to the media.

A Guide to Challenges Facing Self-Driving Car Technologists
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A Guide to Challenges Facing Self-Driving Car Technologists

In the minds of many in Silicon Valley and in the auto industry, it is inevitable that cars will eventually drive themselves.

Americans from Both Political Parties Overwhelmingly Support Net Neutrality
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Americans from Both Political Parties Overwhelmingly Support Net Neutrality

A recent public opinion poll by Mozilla and Ipsos reveals that 76% of Americans of varied political affiliations — Democrats, Republicans, and Independents — support...

Privacy in the Cellphone Age
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Privacy in the Cellphone Age

Odds are you need to use that phone in your pocket many times a day—and doing so leaves you no choice but to constantly relay data revealing your location and movements...

The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner
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The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner

Across the computer security world yesterday, heads were shaking.

Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters
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Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters

It was night when three British sailors and a 16-year-old canteen assistant boarded a sinking U-boat off the coast of Egypt.

Why Apple Is Struggling to Become an Artificial-Intelligence Powerhouse
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Why Apple Is Struggling to Become an Artificial-Intelligence Powerhouse

In 2011, Apple became the first company to place artificial intelligence in the pockets of millions of consumers when it launched the voice assistant Siri on the...

How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide
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How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide

"Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you," the Oxford philosophy professor John Alexander Smith told...
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