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8 Overly Confident, Mostly Pessimistic Predictions About Tech in 2018
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8 Overly Confident, Mostly Pessimistic Predictions About Tech in 2018

It was a very strange year for technology companies. They have become a "bipartisan whipping boy," a new sexist institution, responsible for the muddying of the...

What Telegram Owes Iranians
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What Telegram Owes Iranians

After the 2009 Green Movement—a failed attempt to overturn a stolen presidential election through street protests—the Iranian political establishment took away...

10 Ways Tech Will Shape Your Life in 2018, For Better and Worse
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10 Ways Tech Will Shape Your Life in 2018, For Better and Worse

Is the outlook for technology in 2018 exciting—or slightly terrifying? Flip a coin. You'd be right either way.

3 Brain Technologies to Watch in 2018
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3 Brain Technologies to Watch in 2018

Technologies to detect brain activity—fine, we'll come right out and call it mind reading—as well as to change it are moving along so quickly that "a bit of a gold...

License Expired: The Ars Technica 2018 Deathwatch
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License Expired: The Ars Technica 2018 Deathwatch

Wow, that 2017, though. Quite a year. Let's grab a Juicero and take a moment to reflect on the utter dumpster fires that we've witnessed over the past 12 months...

New York City's Bold, Flawed Attempt to Make Algorithms Accountable
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New York City's Bold, Flawed Attempt to Make Algorithms Accountable

The end of a politician's time in office often inspires a turn toward the existential, but few causes are as quixotic as the one chosen by James Vacca, who this...

Driverless Cars Could Make Transportation Free For Everyone, With a Catch
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Driverless Cars Could Make Transportation Free For Everyone, With a Catch

As self-driving cars inch closer to everyday reality, journalists, futurists, economists, and ethicists have weighed in with numerous predictions about autonomous...

Science Fiction When the Future Is Now
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Science Fiction When the Future Is Now

AlphaGo, fake news, cyberwar: 2017 has felt science-fictional in the here and now. Space settlement and sea-steading seem just around the bend; so, at times, do...

The Year the Home Button Died
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The Year the Home Button Died

The most convincing lie Steve Jobs ever told was "you already know how to use it."

We Ignore Iran at Our Peril
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We Ignore Iran at Our Peril

When it comes to cyberweapons, America is an elephant and Iran is a flea. Still, a flea can be a persistent nuisance, especially for the unprotected.

Don't Get Your Kid an Internet-Connected Toy
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Don't Get Your Kid an Internet-Connected Toy

For last-minute shoppers, tech toys hold a special appeal.

Augmented Reality's Real Power Will Come From Substance, Not Flash
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Augmented Reality's Real Power Will Come From Substance, Not Flash

Last week the pilot light for my water heater went out. I tried to relight it by following the instructions pasted on the side of the heater, but they were as inscrutable...

The Bitcoin Boom: In Code We Trust
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The Bitcoin Boom: In Code We Trust

You don't need brilliant financial analysis skills to notice that Bitcoin is in a bubble.

Goodbye Internet: How Regional Divides ­pended the World Wide Web
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Goodbye Internet: How Regional Divides ­pended the World Wide Web

So, there you have it: 2017 was the year that finally broke the internet.

Five Priorities For Weather and Climate Research
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Five Priorities For Weather and Climate Research

Meteorology is entering a new era. Demand is growing worldwide for forecasts of storms, floods and droughts.

Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the ­ncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality
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Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the ­ncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality

There's a revolution afoot, and you will know it by the stripes.

Beyond Bitcoin: How Technology Could Help Fix Our Broken Financial System
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Beyond Bitcoin: How Technology Could Help Fix Our Broken Financial System

On a spring day more than 5,000 years ago in the Mesopotamian city of Ur, a foreign merchant sold his wares in exchange for a large bundle of silver.

As AI and Robots Rise Up, Do Humans Need an Upgrade Too?
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As AI and Robots Rise Up, Do Humans Need an Upgrade Too?

There is a chip implanted in my hand. I'm serious.

Why These Friendly Robots Can't Be Good Friends to Our Kids
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Why These Friendly Robots Can't Be Good Friends to Our Kids

Jibo the robot swivels around when it hears its name and tilts its touchscreen face upward, expectantly.

A ­nified Theory of Meme Death
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A ­nified Theory of Meme Death

Memes aren't built to last. This is an accepted fact of online life.
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