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My Nightmare Trip into the Metaverse
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My Nightmare Trip into the Metaverse

A reporter dons a VR headset, heads into the metaverse, and witnesses the most disturbing sights of her life.

Truly Ethical AI Needs Research to Be Independent from Big Tech
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Truly Ethical AI Needs Research to Be Independent from Big Tech

Curb the power of Silicon Valley and protect those who speak up about the harms of AI

'I Predict That the Metaverse Won't Happen'
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'I Predict That the Metaverse Won't Happen'

Silicon Valley has been anticipating virtual reality for more than three decades, but people mostly like actual reality

Google at 20: How Two 'Obnoxious' Students Changed the Internet
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Google at 20: How Two 'Obnoxious' Students Changed the Internet

In the summer of 1995, a second-year grad student called Sergey Brin was giving a tour of Stanford University to prospective students. Larry Page, an engineering...

Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?
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Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?

In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to...

Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search
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Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search

Here's what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That's all I did.

Is Blockchain the Most Important It Invention of Our Age?
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Is Blockchain the Most Important It Invention of Our Age?

There are not many occasions when one can give an unqualified thumbs-up to something the government does, but this is one such occasion.

Y'all Have a Texas Accent? Siri (and the World) Might Be Slowly Killing It
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Y'all Have a Texas Accent? Siri (and the World) Might Be Slowly Killing It

It was a simple enough question, at least in this part of the world.

16 Trends That Will Define the Future of Video Games
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16 Trends That Will Define the Future of Video Games

Hundreds of game developers, publishers and analysts recently descended on Brighton for the annual Develop conference.

Ad Tech Is Killing the Online Experience
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Ad Tech Is Killing the Online Experience

There's something so wonderfully easy about reading this column in a physical newspaper.

Stop Complaining About the Facebook Study. It's a Golden Age For Research
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Stop Complaining About the Facebook Study. It's a Golden Age For Research

Several years ago, my student and I studied anonymous email server data from 40,000 students, faculty and staff at a large university.

Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit
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Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit

My legal saga started last summer with a knock at the door, behind which stood two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation...

Nsa Surveillance: A Guide to Staying Secure
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Nsa Surveillance: A Guide to Staying Secure

Now that we have enough details about how the NSA eavesdrops on the Internet, including today's disclosures of the NSA's deliberate weakening of cryptographic systems...

Google+ Isn't a Social Network; It's The Matrix
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Google+ Isn't a Social Network; It's The Matrix

Pretty much everyone (myself included) has been reading Google+ wrongly.

Search Me: Online Reputation Management
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Search Me: Online Reputation Management

A few weeks ago, I Googled a pub to find out where it was.

Will Giving the Internet Eyes and Ears Mean the End of Privacy?
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Will Giving the Internet Eyes and Ears Mean the End of Privacy?

The Internet has turned into a massive surveillance tool.

Are All Telephone Calls Recorded and Accessible to the ­.s. Government?
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Are All Telephone Calls Recorded and Accessible to the ­.s. Government?

The real capabilities and behavior of the U.S. surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done...

What Next For the 'quantified Self'?
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What Next For the 'quantified Self'?

The quantified self movement—the idea that tracking metrics about yourself can lead to self-improvement—appears to be gathering steam.

Sony's Playstation 4: Five Things We Want to Know
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Sony's Playstation 4: Five Things We Want to Know

New York, 6pm Wednesday, the next generation starts.

How to Build the Perfect Gaming Pc For 2013–and Beyond
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How to Build the Perfect Gaming Pc For 2013–and Beyond

There's little doubt that PC gaming is undergoing a renaissance at the moment.
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