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The Best Books About Biotechnology
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The Best Books About Biotechnology

I've spent the last few weeks creating a syllabus for myself on the world—people, techniques, theory, history—of biotechnology. I've talked with some scholars,...

The Definitive Story of Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Phone Phreaking
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The Definitive Story of Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Phone Phreaking

Like the flap of a butterfly's wings causing a hurricane half a world away, the ripples of unintended consequences from Ron Rosenbaum's "Secrets of the Little Blue...

How Big Data Can Solve America's Gun Problem
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How Big Data Can Solve America's Gun Problem

Big data might have stopped the massacres in Newtown, Aurora, and Oak Creek.

How the Un's 'game-Changing' Internet Treaty Failed
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How the Un's 'game-Changing' Internet Treaty Failed

Did you know that, for the past two weeks, the future of the Internet has been at stake?

Why Google Maps Is Better Than Apple Maps
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Why Google Maps Is Better Than Apple Maps

There's a simple answer: people.

In China, 25 Million People Use Only Their Cell Phones to Read Books
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In China, 25 Million People Use Only Their Cell Phones to Read Books

On vacation in China earlier this month, I stopped by Shanghai's seven-story downtown "Book City," bustling with activity on a weekday afternoon that, as a publisher...

The Giant Underground Machinery That Runs San Francisco's Famous Cable Cars
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The Giant Underground Machinery That Runs San Francisco's Famous Cable Cars

Every day and night, beneath the streets of San Francisco, huge wheels turn, pulling cable cars to their far-flung destinations and back again, as if weaving them...

The Greatest Bond Villain of All: Technology
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The Greatest Bond Villain of All: Technology

Tech has always played a prominent role in the Bond franchise; it's a key element of the plot formula: Bond opens with a chase scene, the core mission is revealed...

Data Doesn't Belong to the Democrats
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Data Doesn't Belong to the Democrats

One of the leading narratives of the 2012 campaign is that data trumped all.

The Consequences of Machine Intelligence
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The Consequences of Machine Intelligence

The question of what happens when machines get to be as intelligent as and even more intelligent than people seems to occupy many science-fiction writers.

The Extremely Personal Computer: The Digital Future of Mental Health
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The Extremely Personal Computer: The Digital Future of Mental Health

It's 2018, and you're not feeling your best.

Google News at 10: How the Algorithm Won Over the News Industry
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Google News at 10: How the Algorithm Won Over the News Industry

In April of 2010, Eric Schmidt delivered the keynote address at the conference of the American Society of News Editors in Washington, D.C. During the talk, thearticulate...

Iphone 5? Yawn. What Will the 'phone' of 2022 Look Like?
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Iphone 5? Yawn. What Will the 'phone' of 2022 Look Like?

The near-term future of phones is fairly well-established. The iPhone 5 was released Wednesday and its similarity to every Apple phone since 2007 serves as a reminder...

E-Reading: A Midterm Progress Report
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E-Reading: A Midterm Progress Report

E-readers have been around long enough now that the novelty has largely worn off.

Why There Are Too Many Patents in America
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Why There Are Too Many Patents in America

Recently, while sitting as a trial judge, I dismissed a case in which Apple and Motorola had sued each other for alleged infringement of patents for components...

What the Well's Rise and Fall Tell US About Online Community
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What the Well's Rise and Fall Tell US About Online Community

In the late 1980s, decades before the term "social media" existed, in a now legendary and miraculously still living virtual community called "The WELL," a fellow...

'a Perfect and Beautiful Machine': What Darwin's Theory of Evolution Reveals About Artificial Intelligence
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'a Perfect and Beautiful Machine': What Darwin's Theory of Evolution Reveals About Artificial Intelligence

Some of the greatest, most revolutionary advances in science have been given their initial expression in attractively modest terms, with no fanfare.

Is It Possible to Wage a Just Cyberwar?
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Is It Possible to Wage a Just Cyberwar?

In the last week or so, cyberwarfare has made front-page news: the United States may have been behind the Stuxnet cyberattack on Iran; Iran may have suffered another...

The Remote Control as Subversive Technology
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The Remote Control as Subversive Technology

Television began as a box.

Why the Internet Makes It Impossible to Stop Giant Wall Street Losses
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Why the Internet Makes It Impossible to Stop Giant Wall Street Losses

In 1984, Yale sociologist Charles Perrow published his classic book, Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies. The odd term, "normal accident," Perrow...
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