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The End of an Era Came Long Before the End of Cassini
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The End of an Era Came Long Before the End of Cassini

I have now been writing about science for nearly a dozen years, which means my career more or less overlaps with that of the Cassini probe.

Google's 'Quantum Supremacy' Moment May Not Mean What You Think
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Google's 'Quantum Supremacy' Moment May Not Mean What You Think

Any day now, Google is expected to achieve quantum supremacy—the use of a quantum computer to solve a problem that even the most advanced supercomputer can't unravel...

Fiction That Gets AI Right
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Fiction That Gets AI Right

Even the most futuristic applications of AI, from robotic servants to instant health scans, somehow already seem familiar because they have been endless fodder...

Why We Shouldn't Teach Tech in Kindergarten
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Why We Shouldn't Teach Tech in Kindergarten

The development of skills like coding is not what tomorrow's leaders need in order to walk confidently into the future.

Russia Is Pushing to Control Cyberspace. We Should All Be Worried. 
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Russia Is Pushing to Control Cyberspace. We Should All Be Worried. 

Russia's cyber-meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been accompanied by what U.S. and European experts describe as a worrisome Kremlin campaign to...

There's No Good Decision in the Next Big Data Privacy Case
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There's No Good Decision in the Next Big Data Privacy Case

In 2013, United States agents served a warrant on Microsoft seeking the emails of a suspect in a drug case.

Social Agents
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Social Agents: Bridging Simulation and Engineering

Seeking better integration of two research communities.

Pay What You Want as a Pricing Model for Open Access Publishing?
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Pay What You Want as a Pricing Model for Open Access Publishing?

Analyzing the "Pay What You Want" business model for open access publishing.

Keeping the Machinery in Computing Education
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Keeping the Machinery in Computing Education

Incorporating intellectual and developmental frameworks into a Scottish school curriculum.

Engaging the Ethics of Data Science in Practice
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Engaging the Ethics of Data Science in Practice

Seeking more common ground between data scientists and their critics.

Disgorging Profits in Design Patent Cases
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Disgorging Profits in Design Patent Cases

Does the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Apple v. Samsung case represent a quagmire?

Driverless Cars Made Me Nervous. Then I Tried One.
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Driverless Cars Made Me Nervous. Then I Tried One.

On my fourth day in a semi-driverless car, I finally felt comfortable enough to let it stop itself.

Computing and the Fermi Paradox: A New Idea Emerges--The Aliens Are All Asleep
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Computing and the Fermi Paradox: A New Idea Emerges--The Aliens Are All Asleep

Anders Sandberg and Stuart Armstrong of the University of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute, working with Milan Ćirković of the University of Novi Sad in Serbia...

The Supreme Court Is Allergic to Math
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The Supreme Court Is Allergic to Math

The Supreme Court does not compute. Or at least some of its members would rather not. The justices, the most powerful jurists in the land, seem to have a reluctance—even...

Will AI and Blockchain Be Game-Changers?
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Will AI and Blockchain Be Game-Changers?

This week saw another major achievement by Google's Deep Mind, when it showed that a neural network could learn to play Go in just three days, without even looking...

Andrew Ng Has a Chatbot That Can Help with Depression
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Andrew Ng Has a Chatbot That Can Help with Depression

I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but I've been seeing a virtual therapist.

The 15 Most Influential Websites of All Time
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The 15 Most Influential Websites of All Time

The web, or "world wide web" as we used to say, turns 27 years old on December 20. On that date, nearly three decades ago, British engineer and scientist Tim Berners...

Kitchen of the Future: Smart and Fast but Not Much Fun
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Kitchen of the Future: Smart and Fast but Not Much Fun

Wandering among the engineers and strategy directors and managers of something called "connected customer experience" at the Smart Kitchen Summit, one had to wonder...

Provoking Iran Could Have Unseen Cyber Consequences
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Provoking Iran Could Have Unseen Cyber Consequences

On Friday, President Trump announced that he will not certify Iran's cooperation with the 2015 nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama Administration.

Would You Buy a Self-Driving Future From These Guys?
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Would You Buy a Self-Driving Future From These Guys?

When the owner of an automated Tesla was killed in a crash last year, the carmaker's founder, Elon Musk, urged journalists to peer into the future.
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