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We Rely on the Government For Lots of Data. What Happens to That in the Trump Era of 'alternative Facts'?
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We Rely on the Government For Lots of Data. What Happens to That in the Trump Era of 'alternative Facts'?

During the first 24 hours of the Trump administration, the new White House took a clear, firm stand against publicly available information.

How to Sit Courtside at a Basketball Game Without Leaving Your Couch
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How to Sit Courtside at a Basketball Game Without Leaving Your Couch

One of the promises that virtual reality offered was that we'd all be able to watch "courtside" sports games without having to leave our couches.

Robots Won't Kill the Workforce. They'll Save the Global Economy.
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Robots Won't Kill the Workforce. They'll Save the Global Economy.

The United Nations forecasts that the global population will rise from 7.3 billion to nearly 10 billion by 2050, a big number that often prompts warnings about...

Nate Silver Blew It When He Missed Trump. Now He Really Needs to Get It Right.
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Nate Silver Blew It When He Missed Trump. Now He Really Needs to Get It Right.

Nate Silver is on the downtown 1 train. Possibly because he looks like a (modestly) hip math teacher, and hardly looks up from his phone, he goes unrecognized until...

Here's How Russian Hackers Could Actually Tip an American Election
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Here's How Russian Hackers Could Actually Tip an American Election

Reports this week of Russian intrusions into U.S. election systems have startled many voters, but computer experts are not surprised.

The Brave New World of Robots and Lost Jobs
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The Brave New World of Robots and Lost Jobs

Job insecurity is a central theme of the 2016 campaign, fueling popular anger about trade deals and immigration. But economists warn that much bigger job losses...

The Real Reason America Controls Its Nukes with Ancient Floppy Disks
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The Real Reason America Controls Its Nukes with Ancient Floppy Disks

America's nuclear arsenal depends on a surprising relic of the 1970s that few of us may recall: the humble floppy disk.

A Court Is About to Make One of the Most Important Decisions in the History of the Internet
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A Court Is About to Make One of the Most Important Decisions in the History of the Internet

If you thought the battle over net neutrality ended when the Federal Communications Commission slapped a series of unprecedented rules on Internet providers last...

If Killer Robots Arrive, the Terminator Will Be the Least of Our Problems
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If Killer Robots Arrive, the Terminator Will Be the Least of Our Problems

Autonomous weapons experts sounded the alarm last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, cautioning that unless governments act to limit these...

Driverless Cars Are Colliding with the Creepy Trolley Problem
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Driverless Cars Are Colliding with the Creepy Trolley Problem

Philosophers have been gnawing on the infamous Trolley Problem for decades, and it’s always been a purely intellectual exercise with no "right" answer.

The Very Best Ideas For Preventing Artificial Intelligence from Wrecking the Planet
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The Very Best Ideas For Preventing Artificial Intelligence from Wrecking the Planet

The Boston-based Future of Life Institute, backed by a $10 million donation from Elon Musk, recently announced its list of 37 winners of research grants in the....

6 Reasons Why We're ­nderhyping the Internet of Things
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6 Reasons Why We're ­nderhyping the Internet of Things

Just when you thought the Internet of Things couldn't possibly live up to its hype, along comes a blockbuster, 142-page report from McKinsey Global Institute ("The...

The Latest Oculus Headset Made Me Want to Throw ­p. In a Good Way.
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The Latest Oculus Headset Made Me Want to Throw ­p. In a Good Way.

Virtual reality and its viability as a consumer technology is a huge theme at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, a Los Angeles convention for the video...

How the Battle For the Future of the Web Is Shaped By Economics
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How the Battle For the Future of the Web Is Shaped By Economics

There are two stories people are trying to tell right now about the future of the Internet.

Honoring Technology's Power Couple: Moore's Law and the Network Effect
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Honoring Technology's Power Couple: Moore's Law and the Network Effect

Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law, which I believe to be one of the most important business theorems of the last century.

10 Images that Explain the Incredible Power of Moore's Law
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10 Images that Explain the Incredible Power of Moore's Law

Moore's Law, which states that the number of transistors per integrated circuit will double approximately every 18–24 months, has become the defining metaphor of...

Love in the Time of Bots
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Love in the Time of Bots

Convincing people to have a romantic relationship with a computer might be easier than it sounds.

After Net Neutrality Vote, an ­ncertain Future For the Internet
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After Net Neutrality Vote, an ­ncertain Future For the Internet

Thursday, during a rancorous meeting of the Federal Communications Commission, the agencyvoted 3-2 to impose public utility regulations on Internet access providers...

Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading in Print. Yes, You Read That Right.
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Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading in Print. Yes, You Read That Right.

Frank Schembari loves books—printed books.

What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph
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What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph

Freeman Dyson, 91, the famed physicist, author and oracle of human destiny, is holding forth after tea-time one February afternoon in the common room of the Institute...
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