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Bot and Bothered
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Bot and Bothered

Facebook has been working on artificial intelligence that claims to be great at negotiating, makes up its own language and learns to lie.

'drone Bees' Are Comically Inept, Expensive and Dangerous to Real Bees
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'drone Bees' Are Comically Inept, Expensive and Dangerous to Real Bees

Bees are in decline in many areas.

Why President Obama Won't Pardon Edward Snowden
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Why President Obama Won't Pardon Edward Snowden

On September 14, 2016, days before the premiere of Oliver Stone's hagiographic movieSnowden, Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty...

Why Facebook Can't Fix Fake News
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Why Facebook Can't Fix Fake News

Imagine going on Facebook and finding no political posts—just your friends and their updates.

Neither Hillary Clinton Nor Donald Trump Is Tech Savvy
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Neither Hillary Clinton Nor Donald Trump Is Tech Savvy

Rachel Law, the 20-something co-founder of a New York startup called Kip, is sitting next to me at a café, tapping her phone screen to show how the company’s service...

How Tim Cook Aims to Profit from Protecting Privacy
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How Tim Cook Aims to Profit from Protecting Privacy

Would you stop buying Apple's products if it decided to help the FBI open a terrorist's iPhone?

The Future, as Told By 'call of Duty: Black Ops 3'
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The Future, as Told By 'call of Duty: Black Ops 3'

If you've played just one first-person shooter game it was probably in the Call of Duty series.

Quantum Computers Will Make Your Laptop Look Like an Abacus
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Quantum Computers Will Make Your Laptop Look Like an Abacus

The race to make the first quantum computer is becoming as important as the race 75 years ago to get the first nuke. It could change the balance of power in politics...

Computer Programming Is a Dying Art
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Computer Programming Is a Dying Art

Writing code is a terrible way for humans to instruct computers.

Why the Black Box on Airplanes Needs to Go Away
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Why the Black Box on Airplanes Needs to Go Away

In another 10 years, the very idea of a "black box" flight data recorder on an airliner will seem as naive and outdated as a smoking section.

Hacking Your Dna
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Hacking Your Dna

Keeping track of what we reveal about ourselves each day—through email and text messages, Amazon purchases and Facebook "likes"—is hard enough.

An Easy Way to Improve the Olympics: Make Performance Enhancements Legal
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An Easy Way to Improve the Olympics: Make Performance Enhancements Legal

In February 2013, Lindsey Vonn—perhaps the most accomplished female skier in American history—tore her anterior cruciate ligament in a crash in the mountains of...

Last Call For Bad Calls
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Last Call For Bad Calls

Technology will soon make officials at high-level sports events as obsolete as elevator operators, their skill set as useful as knowing how to make a wood tennis...

The Predictive Power of Big Data
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The Predictive Power of Big Data

Right now, the average person's data footprint—the annual amount of data produced worldwide, per capita—is just a little short of one terabyte.

What's the Nsa Going to Do With Your Data?
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What's the Nsa Going to Do With Your Data?

We are all Angela Merkel.

Sorry, It's Not 1984
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Sorry, It's Not 1984

After leaker Edward Snowden revealed the existence of massive domestic-surveillance programs operated by the NSA, the airwaves were clotted with pundits and politicians...

Who Needs Humans?
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Who Needs Humans?

Amid all the job losses of the Great Recession, there is one category of worker that the economic disruption has been good for: nonhumans.

Don't Track Me, Bro
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Don't Track Me, Bro

Here is how Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, describes the current state of affairs on the Internet: "Say I’m walking through a mall...

The Man Behind Tumblr
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The Man Behind Tumblr

The head of the microblogging site talks about the future of social networking and whether being a 24-year-old CEO makes it harder to command respect.

Friends Without Benefits
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Friends Without Benefits

The Valley used to be a place run by scientists and engineers, people like Robert Noyce, the Ph.D. physicist who helped invent the integrated circuit and cofounded...
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