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Automation Makes ­S Dumb
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Automation Makes ­S Dumb

Artificial intelligence has arrived.

Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now

A growing stack of companies would like you to pay a monthly fee to read e-books, just like you subscribe to Netflix to binge on movies and TV shows.

How the ­.s. Stumbled Into the Drone Era
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How the ­.s. Stumbled Into the Drone Era

On Sept. 7, 2000, in the waning days of the Clinton administration, a U.S. Predator drone flew over Afghanistan for the first time.

Billy Beane on the Future of Sports: A Tech-Driven Revolution
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Billy Beane on the Future of Sports: A Tech-Driven Revolution

Baseball—my passion and profession for three decades—has been at the forefront of the analytics revolution sweeping through sports.

Studying Your ­sers: Facebook's Greatest Hits
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Studying Your ­sers: Facebook's Greatest Hits

Facebook's massive psychological experiment involving almost 700,000 unwitting users has attracted plenty of attention and outrage, but it's far from the only time...

Why I'm Not in a Hurry For a 'smart Home'
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Why I'm Not in a Hurry For a 'smart Home'

Here's what it's like to wake up in America's smartest home.

When Is It Ok to Check a Smartphone at the Dinner Table?
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When Is It Ok to Check a Smartphone at the Dinner Table?

Not long ago, I went to a nice restaurant with five friends. Good food. Better cocktails.

How to ­se Tech Like a Teenager
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How to ­se Tech Like a Teenager

Enough with complaining that young people these days are addicted to their phones. The question you should be asking is: What do they know that you don't?

How to Make Robots Seem Less Creepy
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How to Make Robots Seem Less Creepy

Robots may be poised to enter a new frontier in the workplace—but that doesn't mean the public is ready for it.

Man Behind the First Computer Password: It's Become a Nightmare
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Man Behind the First Computer Password: It's Become a Nightmare

In the early 1960s, Fernando Corbató helped deploy the first known computer password.

The Future of Brain Implants
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The Future of Brain Implants

What would you give for a retinal chip that let you see in the dark or for a next-generation cochlear implant that let you hear any conversation in a noisy restaurant...

A Victory For an ­nfettered Internet
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A Victory For an ­nfettered Internet

A federal appeals court in Washington slapped the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday for overstepping its legal authority by trying to regulate Internet...

Stop Pouting About Tech's Next Big Thing, It's Here
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Stop Pouting About Tech's Next Big Thing, It's Here

It's easy to get jaded when you cover the technology industry.

Do We Want an Erasable Internet?
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Do We Want an Erasable Internet?

This is going to sound silly, but I think Snapchat was the most important technology of 2013.

The Judge and the Nsa
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The Judge and the Nsa

Federal Judge Richard Leon has become a sudden political celebrity after his remarkable opinion holding that antiterror surveillance is unconstitutional and, even...

Are Smartphones Turning ­s Into Bad Samaritans?
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Are Smartphones Turning ­s Into Bad Samaritans?

In late September, on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco, a man shot and killed 20-year-old student Justin Valdez.

Humans 1, Robots 0
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Humans 1, Robots 0

Computers seem to be replacing humans across many industries, and we're all getting very nervous.

The 'legalization' of China’s Internet Crackdown
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The 'legalization' of China’s Internet Crackdown

Internet usage—especially microblogging on Sina Weibo, China’s largest Twitter-like social media site—is presenting new challenges and new attempts to meet them...

Should Students ­se a Laptop in Class?
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Should Students ­se a Laptop in Class?

There's a widely shared image on the Internet of a teacher's note that says: "Dear students, I know when you're texting in class. Seriously, no one just looks down...

Think You Can Drive a Bulldozer?
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Think You Can Drive a Bulldozer?

As he closed the door, leaving me alone at the controls of a 41,000-pound bulldozer with list price of nearly $432,000, a Komatsu Ltd. executive shouted, "No worries...
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