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Why the I.R.S. Fears Bitcoin
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Why the I.R.S. Fears Bitcoin

The extraordinary rise in the value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has led many people to worry that this market is a giant bubble.

The New Way Your Computer Can Be Attacked
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The New Way Your Computer Can Be Attacked

On January 3, the world learned about a series of major security vulnerabilities in modern microprocessors. Called Spectre and Meltdown, these vulnerabilities were...

China's Breathtaking Transformation Into a Scientific Superpower
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China's Breathtaking Transformation Into a Scientific Superpower

The National Science Foundation and the National Science Board have just released their biennial "Science & Engineering Indicators," a voluminous document describing...

Forget the Robot Singularity Apocalypse. Let's Talk About the Multiplicity
From ACM Opinion

Forget the Robot Singularity Apocalypse. Let's Talk About the Multiplicity

For a species that's conquered Earth and traveled through space and invented the Slapchop, we humans sure are insecure when it comes to technology.

STEAM Not STEM: Why Scientists Need Arts Training
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STEAM Not STEM: Why Scientists Need Arts Training

From biotech to climate change, advances in technology raise significant moral questions. To engage responsibly, our next generation of scientists need training...

Can Robots Tighten the Bolts on a Rickety Caregiver Sector?
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Can Robots Tighten the Bolts on a Rickety Caregiver Sector?

In 2015 I was watching a dress rehearsal for a play about love, loss and aging. In a climactic scene, the lead actress gesticulated and shouted, while her co-star...

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble
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Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

layer innocent nothing argue pottery winner cotton menu task slim merge maid   The sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an algorithm...

In 2018, Voice Assistants Will Make the Leap Out of Your Home
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In 2018, Voice Assistants Will Make the Leap Out of Your Home

At one section of Google's giant outdoor booth at CES was an impromptu, carney-style one-man show, with a guy wearing dark sunglasses and a white Google Assistant...

Congress Renews Warrantless Surveillance, and Makes It Even Worse
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Congress Renews Warrantless Surveillance, and Makes It Even Worse

In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency was legally collecting millions of Americans' phone calls and electronic communications—including...

Nissan Wants to Make You a Better Driver by Reading Your Mind
From ACM Opinion

Nissan Wants to Make You a Better Driver by Reading Your Mind

Might the car of the future be able to read your mind?

There Is No Such Thing as 'the' Blockchain
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There Is No Such Thing as 'the' Blockchain

How do you quadruple your stock price without lifting a finger?

Exoplanet Science 2.0
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Exoplanet Science 2.0

It is more than two decades since we learnt that the Universe is awash with other worlds. Since 1992, more than 3,500 exoplanets have been discovered orbiting stars...

Even Realistic Videogames like Call of Duty Won't Help Us Win Wars
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Even Realistic Videogames like Call of Duty Won't Help Us Win Wars

Millennials can now storm the beaches of Normandy and fight Nazis with a new level of realism.

Trust in Digital Technology Will Be the Internet's Next Frontier, for 2018 and Beyond
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Trust in Digital Technology Will Be the Internet's Next Frontier, for 2018 and Beyond

After decades of unbridled enthusiasm—bordering on addiction—about all things digital, the public may be losing trust in technology.

The Big Tech Trends to Follow at CES 2018
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The Big Tech Trends to Follow at CES 2018

Imagine this: When you leave the house, your air conditioner and lights turn off automatically. Then when a motion sensor detects a person in the house, like your...

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...
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