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Don't Fight the Robots. Tax Them.
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Don't Fight the Robots. Tax Them.

When Bill Gates floated the idea of imposing a tax on robots a couple of years ago, Lawrence Summers, a former top economic adviser to President Barack Obama, called...

How Silicon Valley Puts the 'Con' in Consent
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How Silicon Valley Puts the 'Con' in Consent

The average person would have to spend 76 working days reading all of the digital privacy policies they agree to in the span of a year. Reading Amazon's terms and...

The Tech That Was Fixed in 2018 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing
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The Tech That Was Fixed in 2018 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing

Personal technology was so awful this year that nobody would think you were paranoid if you dug a hole and buried your computer, phone and smart speaker under six...

Can the ­.S. Stop China From Controlling the Next Internet Age?
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Can the ­.S. Stop China From Controlling the Next Internet Age?

Imagine, if you will (and you should), a big American tech executive being detained over unspecified charges while on a trip to Beijing.

The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s
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The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s

In the fall of 1965, President Lyndon Johnson's administration announced a plan to consolidate hundreds of federal databases into one centralized National Data...

The New Radicalization of the Internet
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The New Radicalization of the Internet

Social media has played a key role in the recent rise of violent right-wing extremism in the United States, including three recent incidents—one in which a man...

How Will We Outsmart A.I. Liars?
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How Will We Outsmart A.I. Liars?

During the summer before the 2016 presidential election, John Seymour and Philip Tully, two researchers with ZeroFOX, a security company in Baltimore, unveiled...

At China’s Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges
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At China’s Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges

Every year at the World Internet Conference, held since 2014 in the photogenic canal town of Wuzhen near Shanghai, companies and government officials have convened ...

Artificial Intelligence Hits the Barrier of Meaning
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Artificial Intelligence Hits the Barrier of Meaning

You've probably heard that we're in the midst of an A.I. revolution.

The Internet Will Be the Death of ­s
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The Internet Will Be the Death of ­s


How the Blockchain Could Break Big Tech's Hold on A.I.
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How the Blockchain Could Break Big Tech's Hold on A.I.

Pairing artificial intelligence and the blockchain might be what you would expect from a scammer looking to make a quick buck in 2018.

There May Soon Be Three Internets. America's Won't Necessarily Be the Best.
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There May Soon Be Three Internets. America's Won't Necessarily Be the Best.

In September, Eric Schmidt, the former Google chief executive and Alphabet chairman, said that in the next 10 to 15 years, the internet would most likely be split...

Introducing the Internet Bill of Rights
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Introducing the Internet Bill of Rights

Should American citizens get a new Bill of Rights for the internet?

When Reporting on Defcon, Avoid Stereotypes and A.T.M.s
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When Reporting on Defcon, Avoid Stereotypes and A.T.M.s

As one of The New York Times's three Surfacing residents, I've grown accustomed to entering unfamiliar places.

Why Apple Is the Future of Capitalism
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Why Apple Is the Future of Capitalism

With Apple Inc. now exceeding $1 trillion in market capitalization, it's tempting to understand this moment in terms of the dominance of all-too-large companies...

Looking Through the Eyes of China's Surveillance State
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Looking Through the Eyes of China's Surveillance State

They perch on poles and glare from streetlamps. Some hang barely visible in the ceiling of the subway, and others seem to stretch out on braced necks and peer into...

Why Hackers Aren't Afraid of ­s
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Why Hackers Aren't Afraid of ­s

Ask finance ministers and central bankers around the world about their worst nightmare and the answer is almost always the same: Sometime soon the North Koreans...

Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict
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Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict

The Pentagon has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift...

Getting a Flood of G.D.P.R.-Related Privacy Policy ­pdates? Read Them.
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Getting a Flood of G.D.P.R.-Related Privacy Policy ­pdates? Read Them.

You have probably noticed a flood of emails and alerts from companies in the past few weeks informing you about changes to their privacy policies.

How Tech Can Turn Doctors Into Clerical Workers
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How Tech Can Turn Doctors Into Clerical Workers

There are times when the diagnosis announces itself as the patient walks in, because the body is, among other things, a text.
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