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Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study Ethics
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Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study Ethics

Computer scientists at Stanford are not taught to seriously consider the societal or political impact of their products. This oversight is troubling since technology...

Forget Mars, Let's Go Colonize Titan!
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Forget Mars, Let's Go Colonize Titan!

For a while now, there's been a debate in the US over how to direct NASA's next major human spaceflight initiative.

The Real Threat to Our Government Is Tech Illiteracy
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The Real Threat to Our Government Is Tech Illiteracy

You only have to look to newsworthy FBI investigations to see how pervasive U.S. government leaders' digital illiteracy can be.

How Privacy Became a Commodity for the Rich and Powerful
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How Privacy Became a Commodity for the Rich and Powerful

Recently I handed over the keys to my email account to a service that promised to turn my spam-bloated inbox into a sparkling model of efficiency in just a few...

Online Voting Won't Save Democracy
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Online Voting Won't Save Democracy

Technology can do a lot more to make our elections more secure and reliable, and to ensure that participation in the democratic process is available to all.

Russian Disinformation Technology 
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Russian Disinformation Technology 

On July 17, 2014, as passengers checked in at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, "Necro Mancer"(@666_mancer) tweeted about an unusual...

The Wireless Future Ties Us Down More Than Ever
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The Wireless Future Ties Us Down More Than Ever

As I add more cordless, smart, and rechargeable stuff to my life, I've run more into a mundane but real issue: I still have too many cords to deal with when it's...

Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads
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Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads

In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he'd decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small...

The 'Fix' for Net Neutrality That Consumers Don't Need
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The 'Fix' for Net Neutrality That Consumers Don't Need

Netflix and Amazon have been nominated for hundreds of Emmys and Golden Globe awards in recent years, and that is a testament to both the quality of those companies...

Finding Solace in Defeat by Artificial Intelligence
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Finding Solace in Defeat by Artificial Intelligence

Fan Hui, the European Go champion, needed some fresh air. "I don't understand myself anymore."

Artificial Intelligence: Chess Match of the Century
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Artificial Intelligence: Chess Match of the Century

Nearly 20 years ago, I was fortunate enough to play friendly blitz chess against former world champion Garry Kasparov.

Facebook's Race to Link Your Brain to a Computer Might Be Unwinnable
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Facebook's Race to Link Your Brain to a Computer Might Be Unwinnable

"What if you could type directly from your brain?" Regina Dugan said, as the same words appeared on the towering screen behind her, one digital character at a time...

AI's PR Problem
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AI's PR Problem

Had artificial intelligence been named something less spooky, we'd probably worry about it less.

Five Hacks for Digital Democracy
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Five Hacks for Digital Democracy

The election of a politically inexperienced president in the United States, Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the initial rejection of a peace deal...

Defending Science: How the Art of Rhetoric Can Help
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Defending Science: How the Art of Rhetoric Can Help

Science seems to be under attack in America, so much so that scientists and their supporters are marching in the streets.

With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don't Believe It.
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With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don't Believe It.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, by way of blogger and cartoonist Tim Urban, has revealed in a 36,400-word illustrated explainer the thinking behind his new...

You've Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented 'Almost Everything'
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You've Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented 'Almost Everything'


Toward a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons
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Toward a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons: Surmounting the Obstacles

A 10-point plan toward fashioning a proposal to ban some — if not all — lethal autonomous weapons.

Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty to Address Challenges in Teaching Computer Science
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Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty to Address Challenges in Teaching Computer Science

Using a "boot camp" workshop for new faculty orientation.

The Anonymization Debate Should Be About Risk, Not Perfection
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The Anonymization Debate Should Be About Risk, Not Perfection

Focusing on the process of anonymity rather than pursuing the unattainable goal of guaranteed safety.
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