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Magical Technologies Just over the Horizon
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Magical Technologies Just over the Horizon

We the people have always been helplessly drawn to the concept of magic: the notion that you can will something to happen by wiggling your nose, speaking special...

Why Video Games Are Obsessed With the Apocalypse
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Why Video Games Are Obsessed With the Apocalypse

Video games are, in a way, the perfect medium through which to depict the post-apocalypse. If we assume that after the collapse of civilisation everyone will revert...

Tracking the Spread of Culture Through Folktales
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Tracking the Spread of Culture Through Folktales

There's a reason why the premise of American Gods is so alluring: the US is home to a wild and glorious mishmash of gods, folktales, and cultural heritage.

End-to-End Encryption Isn't Enough Security for 'Real People'
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End-to-End Encryption Isn't Enough Security for 'Real People'

Government officials continue to seek technology companies' help fighting terrorism and crime. But the most commonly proposed solution would severely limit regular...

We Can Stop Hacking and Trolls, but It Would Ruin the Internet
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We Can Stop Hacking and Trolls, but It Would Ruin the Internet

Cyberterrorism fears are through the roof.

Kids Should Know How to Code
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Kids Should Know How to Code

During a recent White House meeting with President Donald Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook remarked that "coding should be a requirement in every public school." 

Preserving the Right to Cognitive Liberty
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Preserving the Right to Cognitive Liberty

The idea of the human mind as the domain of absolute protection from external intrusion has persisted for centuries.

Tracking Terrorists Online Might Invade Your Privacy
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Tracking Terrorists Online Might Invade Your Privacy

Remember that picture you sent to your family of your children playing in the paddling pool? Or that private text you sent to someone trusted? Or when you searched...

It's Past Time for You to Ditch that Fancy Scientific Calculator
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It's Past Time for You to Ditch that Fancy Scientific Calculator

Bruce Sherwood, the author of Matter and Interactions, had a question for me when I saw him at the American Association of Physics Teachers conference not long...

Bot and Bothered
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Bot and Bothered

Facebook has been working on artificial intelligence that claims to be great at negotiating, makes up its own language and learns to lie.

Human Vs. Machine Contests (Real or Fictional) But Involving Ordinary Humans
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Human Vs. Machine Contests (Real or Fictional) But Involving Ordinary Humans

I'm looking for a famous (or at least interesting) human vs. machine contest to use as an analogy in an article.

Fear of a Robot Planet
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Fear of a Robot Planet

It was in the 12th century that the great brass head built by Albertus Magnus moved its mouth for the first time, breathing steam as it spoke to Magnus' young religious...

The Attack on Global Privacy Leaves Few Places to Turn
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The Attack on Global Privacy Leaves Few Places to Turn

Digital privacy has had a very bad summer. As China and Russia move to block virtual private network services, well over a billion people face losing their best...

Editing Human Embryos with CRISPR Is Moving Ahead; Now's the Time to Work Out the Ethics
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Editing Human Embryos with CRISPR Is Moving Ahead; Now's the Time to Work Out the Ethics

The announcement by researchers in Portland, Oregon that they've successfully modified the genetic material of a human embryo took some people by surprise.

Apple Is Pulling VPNs from the Chinese App Store. Here's What that Means. 
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Apple Is Pulling VPNs from the Chinese App Store. Here's What that Means. 

China's restrictive Internet policies are known for blocking Web users who want to reach Google, Facebook or other banned apps. But now some of those policies are...

Better Business Through Sci-Fi
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Better Business Through Sci-Fi

About five years ago, Ari Popper enrolled in a course on science-fiction writing at the University of California, Los Angeles, hoping to distract himself from the...

The Guardian View on the Future of Crime: It Will Be Online
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The Guardian View on the Future of Crime: It Will Be Online

When software gets smarter, the first effect is to empower the already powerful.

If You Could 'Design' Your Own Child, Would You?
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If You Could 'Design' Your Own Child, Would You?

Scientists in Portland, Ore., just succeeded in creating the first genetically modified human embryo in the United States, according to Technology Review.

Greetings, E.T. (Please Don't Murder Us.)
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Greetings, E.T. (Please Don't Murder Us.)

On Nov. 16, 1974, a few hundred astronomers, government officials and other dignitaries gathered in the tropical forests of Puerto Rico's northwest interior, a...

What Happened to Trump's War on Data?
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What Happened to Trump's War on Data?

On May 16, three months' worth of data vanished quietly from the website of the U.S. Census Bureau.
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