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The Lost Civilization of Dial-­p Bulletin Board Systems
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The Lost Civilization of Dial-­p Bulletin Board Systems

I have a vivid, recurring dream. I climb the stairs in my parents' house to see my old bedroom. In the back corner, I hear a faint humming.

How Twitter Bots Are Shaping the Election
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How Twitter Bots Are Shaping the Election

There is power in numbers, or so the saying goes. But statistics mean different things to different people. Take Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, for instance.

How to Turn Your Self-Driving Car Into a Time Machine
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How to Turn Your Self-Driving Car Into a Time Machine

The self-driving car's greatest promise is that it will buy its passengers that most precious and finite of resources: time.

How Electronic Voting Could ­ndermine the Election
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How Electronic Voting Could ­ndermine the Election

It's 2016: What possible reason is there to vote on paper? When we use touchscreens to communicate, work, and shop, why can't we use similar technology to vote?

What Happens If Gps Fails?
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What Happens If Gps Fails?

In only took thirteen millionths of a second to cause a whole lot of problems.

Toward the End of Pilots
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Toward the End of Pilots

A memory that’s stayed with me from my stint in the military nearly 50 years ago is a sign that my supply sergeant kept on his desk: "We’ve been working with less...

Can Google's Driverless Car Project Survive a Fatal Accident?
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Can Google's Driverless Car Project Survive a Fatal Accident?

Everybody knew this day would come.

How to Build an ­nbeatable Poker-Playing Robot
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How to Build an ­nbeatable Poker-Playing Robot

Each summer, the computer-science researchers behind the world's best poker-playing robots bring their creations together for a tournament.

How the Microscope Redefined the Fact
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How the Microscope Redefined the Fact

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the inverse is also true: A word is worth a thousand pictures.

How the Internet of Things Limits Consumer Choice
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How the Internet of Things Limits Consumer Choice

In theory, the Internet of Things—the connected network of tiny computers inside home appliances, household objects, even clothing—promises to make your life easier...

Driverless Cars Are Like Elevators
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Driverless Cars Are Like Elevators

One of the challenges in describing the potential of self-driving cars is that they promise to do so much.

The Room Where the Internet Was Born
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The Room Where the Internet Was Born

Starting a cross-country drive to New York in Los Angeles is pretty inconvenient, unless your cross-country drive is also a vision quest to see the Internet.

Mark Zuckerberg and the End of Language
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Mark Zuckerberg and the End of Language

Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg hosted an online Q&A session on his personal Facebook page.

Humans, Not Robots, Are the Real Reason Artificial Intelligence Is Scary
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Humans, Not Robots, Are the Real Reason Artificial Intelligence Is Scary

Unfortunately, much of the recent outcry against artificial-intelligence weapons has been confused, conjuring robot takeovers of mankind.

Beware the Listening Machines
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Beware the Listening Machines

One of my great pleasures in life is attending conferences on fields I'm intrigued by, but know nothing about.

The Myth of a Borderless Internet
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The Myth of a Borderless Internet

Almost a decade ago now, McDonald's made a seemingly innocuous decision.

The Military Origins of Wearable Tech, a Century Before the Apple Watch
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The Military Origins of Wearable Tech, a Century Before the Apple Watch

On July 9, 1916, The New York Times puzzled over a fashion trend: Europeans were starting to wear bracelets with clocks on them.

Immortal But Damned to Hell on Earth
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Immortal But Damned to Hell on Earth

Imagine a supercomputer so advanced that it could hold the contents of a human brain.

Hacking the Brain
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Hacking the Brain

The perfectibility of the human mind is a theme that has captured our imagination for centuries—the notion that, with the right tools, the right approach, the right...

Even Computers Are ­nsure About Their March Madness Brackets
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Even Computers Are ­nsure About Their March Madness Brackets

By this point of March Madness, with three games left in the men's NCAA basketball tournament, most brackets are busted.
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