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Finding Out What the Past Smelled Like
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Finding Out What the Past Smelled Like

It was the smell that hit me first, a heady mixture of roasting meat, woodsmoke, and farmyard manure.

The Robot That Knows When to Swipe Right
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The Robot That Knows When to Swipe Right

I have come to think of Tinder as a sort algorithm for the mind.

Televised Football Is Looking More Like a Video Game—in Subtle Ways
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Televised Football Is Looking More Like a Video Game—in Subtle Ways

It is impossible to consider American football without considering television.

The Cathedral of Computation
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The Cathedral of Computation

Algorithms are everywhere, supposedly.

The Beautiful, Invisible Game
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The Beautiful, Invisible Game

The first goal of the 2014 World Cup was Brazilian, and it was an own goal.

Computer Mice: Still a Thing
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Computer Mice: Still a Thing

For decades, the mouse was a key component of how one interacted with a computer.

If the Robots Kill ­s, It's Because It's Their Job
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If the Robots Kill ­s, It's Because It's Their Job

In the movie Transcendence, which opens in theaters on Friday, a sentient computer program embarks on a relentless quest for power, nearly destroying humanity in...

Captchas Are Becoming Security Theater
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Captchas Are Becoming Security Theater

CAPTCHAs are a time-worn way for humans to tell computers that we are human.

Google Wants to Make 'science Fiction' a Reality—and That's Limiting Their Imagination
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Google Wants to Make 'science Fiction' a Reality—and That's Limiting Their Imagination

Self-driving cars, extreme life extension, and global wifi provided by weather balloons: Google makes projects that sound like science fiction into reality at its...

The Dream of Intelligent Robot Friends
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The Dream of Intelligent Robot Friends

Karotz is an Internet-enabled console in the shape of an abstracted rabbit.

There's No Real Difference Between Online Espionage and Online Attack
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There's No Real Difference Between Online Espionage and Online Attack

Back when we first started getting reports of the Chinese breaking into U.S. computer networks for espionage purposes, we described it in some very strong language...

Life Before (and After) Page Numbers
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Life Before (and After) Page Numbers

Print media evolved into its present forms.

What If Your Autonomous Car Keeps Routing You Past Krispy Kreme?
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What If Your Autonomous Car Keeps Routing You Past Krispy Kreme?

On a future road trip, your robot car decides to take a new route, driving you past a Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop.

Why Google Bought Nest: A Theory
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Why Google Bought Nest: A Theory

Google is acquiring Nest, makers of a smart thermostat, for a reported $3.2 billion.

8 Hypotheses About Tech in 2014
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8 Hypotheses About Tech in 2014

If there was a feeling that defined the cultural backdrop for 2013, it was technoanxiety.

2013: The Year 'the Stream' Crested
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2013: The Year 'the Stream' Crested

The Stream has been the organizing metaphor for the web for the past several years.

Could a $500 Gadget Have Prevented the Metro-North Tragedy?
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Could a $500 Gadget Have Prevented the Metro-North Tragedy?

Investigators are still studying what caused the derailment of a Metro-North commuter train on its way to Grand Central Terminal just over a week ago, killing four...

All Can Be Lost: The Risk of Putting Our Knowledge in the Hands of Machines
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All Can Be Lost: The Risk of Putting Our Knowledge in the Hands of Machines

On the evening of February 12, 2009, a Continental Connection commuter flight made its way through blustery weather between Newark, New Jersey, and Buffalo, New...

The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think
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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

"It depends on what you mean by artificial intelligence."

The Battle For Power on the Internet
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The Battle For Power on the Internet

We're in the middle of an epic battle for power in cyberspace.
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