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Russia's Troll Operation Was Not That Sophisticated
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Russia's Troll Operation Was Not That Sophisticated

It might be nice for Democrats and #NeverTrumpers to believe that Russia's troll factory brought Donald Trump the 2016 Presidential Election.

2 Years After FBI vs. Apple, Encryption Debate Remains
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2 Years After FBI vs. Apple, Encryption Debate Remains

It's been two years since the FBI and Apple got into a giant fight over encryption following the San Bernardino shooting, when the government had the shooter's...

China's Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious
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China's Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious

For all the particularities of life in China, its big cities offer a familiar cosmopolitanism.

19th-Century Paleontology Was at the Forefront of Big Data
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19th-Century Paleontology Was at the Forefront of Big Data

In 1981, when I was 9 years old, my father took me to see Raiders of the Lost Ark.

How Snapchat Is Sending #MeToo Down the Memory Hole
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How Snapchat Is Sending #MeToo Down the Memory Hole

If you have something personal or private to communicate, you know where to turn.

Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most
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Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most

These days, we're having a harder and harder time trusting each other.

Computational Propaganda: Bots, Targeting, and the Future
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Computational Propaganda: Bots, Targeting, and the Future

A long time ago, when I was working on my Ph.D. research, I learned to use supercomputers to track the complex 3-D motions of gas blown into space by dying stars...

Welcome to the Post-Text Future
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Welcome to the Post-Text Future

I'll make this short: The thing you're doing now, reading prose on a screen, is going out of fashion.

Your Mobile Phone Can Give Away Your Location, Even If You Tell It Not to
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Your Mobile Phone Can Give Away Your Location, Even If You Tell It Not to

U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that servicemembers' digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their workouts—including...

Why Cops Won't Need a Warrant to Pull the Data Off Your Autonomous Car
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Why Cops Won't Need a Warrant to Pull the Data Off Your Autonomous Car

Lt. Saul Jaeger, who commands the traffic unit at the Mountain View Police Department, remembers the first time a few years ago when he was given a demo of Waymo's...

Our Hackable Political Future
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Our Hackable Political Future

Imagine it is the spring of 2019. A bottom-feeding website, perhaps tied to Russia, "surfaces" video of a sex scene starring an 18-year-old Kirsten Gillibrand. ...

Want Awesome Robots? You'll Have to Best These Challenges
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Want Awesome Robots? You'll Have to Best These Challenges

We are living in the midst of a profound technological restructuring of human society. The machines that once only frolicked in science fiction have begun to infiltrate...

Tackling the Internet's Central Villain: The Advertising Business
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Tackling the Internet's Central Villain: The Advertising Business


5 Ways Election Interference Could (and Probably Will) Worsen in 2018 and Beyond
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5 Ways Election Interference Could (and Probably Will) Worsen in 2018 and Beyond

If you thought 2016 was bad, just wait for the sequel.

Technology to Watch in 2018
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Technology to Watch in 2018

For all the excitement surrounding the gene-editing tool CRISPR, it is not that efficient or precise. It's hard to make many changes at once.

My Pacemaker Is Tracking Me from Inside My Body
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My Pacemaker Is Tracking Me from Inside My Body

A month before turning 34, I received an unexpected birthday gift: a cloud-connected pacemaker.

Cyberwar: An Urgent Problem
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Cyberwar: An Urgent Problem

In the desperate scramble to rearm before the second world war there was always an undercurrent of pessimism.

I Wore the VR Glove that Fools Your Skin As Well As Your Eyes
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I Wore the VR Glove that Fools Your Skin As Well As Your Eyes

I weigh the rock in my hand, then toss it back to the ground.

Artificial Intelligence's 'black Box' Is Nothing to Fear
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Artificial Intelligence's 'black Box' Is Nothing to Fear

Alongside the excitement and hype about our growing reliance on artificial intelligence, there's fear about the way the technology works.

Remembering Ursula Le Guin, Imaginer of Difficult Worlds
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Remembering Ursula Le Guin, Imaginer of Difficult Worlds

Ursula Le Guin imagined the future for a living, but her most prescient statement may have come in a speech.
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