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'This Is How Donald Trump Stays President for Four More Years'
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'This Is How Donald Trump Stays President for Four More Years'

Donald Trump often claims Facebook and Google are "rigged" to favor the political left. Now he's building a 2020 campaign infrastructure that can circumvent them...

Paper and the Case for Going Low-Tech in the Voting Booth
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Paper and the Case for Going Low-Tech in the Voting Booth

In September 2017, barely two months before Virginians went to the polls to pick a new governor, the state's board of elections convened an emergency session. The...

Brain Implants: Will They Be ­sed to Heal or for Control?
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Brain Implants: Will They Be ­sed to Heal or for Control?

Would you trust a Manchurian Candidate or a Terminator to heal you? Shouldn't you automatically distrust anyone who has received a brain implant by the military...

No, A.I. Won't Solve the Fake News Problem
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No, A.I. Won't Solve the Fake News Problem

In his testimony before Congress this year, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, addressed concerns about the strategically disseminated misinformation...

You're Expecting Too Much Out of Boston Dynamics' Robots
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You're Expecting Too Much Out of Boston Dynamics' Robots

At the WIRED25 festival in San Francisco Sunday evening, Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot got onstage and did what no other quadruped robot has done before: It danced...

A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared
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A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared

More than 40 years ago, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft with a vision for putting a personal computer on every desk.

How Sci-Fi Like WarGames Led to Real Policy During the Reagan Administration
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How Sci-Fi Like WarGames Led to Real Policy During the Reagan Administration

This year, John Badham's WarGames—one of the movies most beloved by hackers, techies, and tech policy wonks (like me!)—celebrates its 35th anniversary.

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?

Clicks, Lies and Videotape
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Clicks, Lies and Videotape

This past April a new video of Barack Obama surfaced on the Internet. Against a backdrop that included both the American and presidential flags, it looked like...

50 Years Old, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Still Offers Insight about the Future
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50 Years Old, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Still Offers Insight about the Future

Watching a 50th anniversary screening of "2001: A Space Odyssey," I found myself, a mathematician and computer scientist whose research includes work related to...

Will L.A.'s Anti-Terrorist Subway Scanners Be Adopted Everywhere?
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Will L.A.'s Anti-Terrorist Subway Scanners Be Adopted Everywhere?

In mid-August the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Transportation Security Administration announced Metro has paid $100,000 each...

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.

In 1968, Computers Got Personal: How the 'Mother of All Demos' Changed the World
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In 1968, Computers Got Personal: How the 'Mother of All Demos' Changed the World

On a crisp California afternoon in early December 1968, a square-jawed, mild-mannered Stanford researcher named Douglas Engelbart took the stage at San Francisco's...

How Bots Ruined Clicktivism
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How Bots Ruined Clicktivism

I recently came across two tweets—or rather, thousands of tweets sharing the same two ideas over and over again.

Safe Artificial Intelligence Requires Cultural Intelligence
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Safe Artificial Intelligence Requires Cultural Intelligence

Knowledge, to paraphrase British journalist Miles Kington, is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing there's a norm against putting it in a fruit salad....

How Will Google's Innovation Continue Beyond Its 20th Year?
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How Will Google's Innovation Continue Beyond Its 20th Year?

As millions of people came online in the late 1990s they needed help figuring out what each webpage was about, and how to find what they were looking for.

Google Chrome's Biggest Challenge at Age 10 Might Just Be Its Own Success
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Google Chrome's Biggest Challenge at Age 10 Might Just Be Its Own Success

Exactly 10 years ago Tuesday, a newly promoted vice president named Sundar Pichai stood before a group of tech reporters in a conference room at Google's Mountain...

Fake America Great Again
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Fake America Great Again

Guess what? I just got hold of some embarrassing video footage of Texas senator Ted Cruz singing and gyrating to Tina Turner. His political enemies will have great...

Are We Ready for the Future of Warfare?
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Are We Ready for the Future of Warfare?

Warfare has always been about exerting political will.

The Four Ways that Ex-Internet Idealists Explain Where It All Went Wrong
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The Four Ways that Ex-Internet Idealists Explain Where It All Went Wrong

A long time ago, in the bad old days of the 2000s, debates about the Internet were dominated by two great tribes: the Optimists and the Pessimists.
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