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'a Clockwork Orange' Strikes 40
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'a Clockwork Orange' Strikes 40

The New York Times recently ran an opinion piece about the concept of a morality pill, a theoretical-but-apparently-not-implausible panacea for humankind's ethical...

The Big Data Boom Is the Innovation Story of Our Time
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The Big Data Boom Is the Innovation Story of Our Time

The data revolution has turned customers into unwitting business consultants, as our purchases and searches are tracked to improve everything from Web sites to...

Cloud-Powered Facial Recognition Is Terrifying
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Cloud-Powered Facial Recognition Is Terrifying

"I never forget a face," goes the Marx Brothers one-liner, "but in your case, I'll be glad to make an exception." Unlike Groucho Marx, unfortunately, the cloud...

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Life in the Age of Extremes

The Internet causes connections to multiply and strengthen, creating a frenzy of positive feedback, which can drive people apart—not together.

Technology Is Our Friend... Except When It Isn't
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Technology Is Our Friend... Except When It Isn't

The technology in question starts with "gigapixel" photography. Gigapixel photos are giant panoramas that themselves consist of hundreds of component mega-pixel...

The Campaign to Terrify You About Emp
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The Campaign to Terrify You About Emp

From Newt Gingrich to a Congressional "EMP Caucus," some conservatives warn the electronics-frying blast could pose gravely underestimated dangers to the U.S.

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How I Failed, Failed, and Finally Succeeded at Learning How to Code

When Colin Hughes was about 11 years old his parents brought home a rather strange toy. It wasn't colorful or cartoonish; it didn't seem to have any lasers or...

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On the Latest Google Chinese-Hacking News

Thanks to many people who have written in asking whether the recent Google announcement of a new China-based wave of attacks on Gmail accounts is related to the...

Are You Following a Bot?
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Are You Following a Bot?

How to manipulate social movements by hacking Twitter.

Eric Schmidt: What I Read
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Eric Schmidt: What I Read

What I read varies widely based on what kind of information I’m looking for at the time.

Mind vs. Machine
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Mind vs. Machine

In the race to build computers that can think like humans, the proving ground is the Turing Test—an annual battle between the world’s most advanced artificial...

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The Anthropology of Hackers

A "hacker" is a technologist with a love for computing and a "hack" is a clever technical solution arrived through a non-obvious means. It doesn't mean to compromise...

School For Hackers
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School For Hackers

The do-it-yourself movement revives learning by doing.

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Robots vs. Suicide Terrorists

In February 2008, a pair of suicide bombers struck the Israeli town of Dimona. One of the attackers detonated his explosive vest, killing an Israeli, and injuring...
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