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Teaching Artificial Intelligence and Humanity
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Teaching Artificial Intelligence and Humanity

Considering rapidly evolving human-machine interactions.

Innovation from the Edges
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Innovation from the Edges

How innovation originates from market participants with multiple perspectives about commercial value.

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...

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...

How Law and Computer Science Can Work Together to Improve the Information Society
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How Law and Computer Science Can Work Together to Improve the Information Society

Seeking to remedy bad legislation with good science.

The Year the Home Button Died
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The Year the Home Button Died

The most convincing lie Steve Jobs ever told was "you already know how to use it."

Don't Get Your Kid an Internet-Connected Toy
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Don't Get Your Kid an Internet-Connected Toy

For last-minute shoppers, tech toys hold a special appeal.

Augmented Reality's Real Power Will Come From Substance, Not Flash
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Augmented Reality's Real Power Will Come From Substance, Not Flash

Last week the pilot light for my water heater went out. I tried to relight it by following the instructions pasted on the side of the heater, but they were as inscrutable...

Goodbye Internet: How Regional Divides Upended the World Wide Web
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Goodbye Internet: How Regional Divides Upended the World Wide Web

So, there you have it: 2017 was the year that finally broke the internet.

As AI and Robots Rise Up, Do Humans Need an Upgrade Too? 
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As AI and Robots Rise Up, Do Humans Need an Upgrade Too? 

There is a chip implanted in my hand. I'm serious.

Why These Friendly Robots Can't Be Good Friends to Our Kids
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Why These Friendly Robots Can't Be Good Friends to Our Kids

Jibo the robot swivels around when it hears its name and tilts its touchscreen face upward, expectantly.

A Unified Theory of Meme Death
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A Unified Theory of Meme Death

Memes aren't built to last. This is an accepted fact of online life.

The F.C.C. Wants to Let Telecoms Cash In on the Internet
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The F.C.C. Wants to Let Telecoms Cash In on the Internet

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission wants to let Comcast, Verizon and other broadband companies turn the internet into a latter-day version of...
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