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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...

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...

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.

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.

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 Tech Giants' Secret War Against Fake News Is Too Secret
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The Tech Giants' Secret War Against Fake News Is Too Secret

Facebook, Google, and Twitter have a problem with harmful content.

Borders in the Cloud
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Borders in the Cloud

Amazon may well be one of the companies with the strongest data security in the world.

What Reality TV Teaches Us About Russia's Influence Campaign
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What Reality TV Teaches Us About Russia's Influence Campaign

In May 2016, a Facebook page called Heart of Texas urged its nearly 254,000 followers to rise up against what it considered to be an urgent cultural menace.

Net States Rule the World; We Need to Recognize Their Power
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Net States Rule the World; We Need to Recognize Their Power

"We reject: kings, presidents, and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code." So declared MIT professor David D. Clark in 1992.

Why Facebook and Twitter Can't Be Trusted to Police Themselves
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Why Facebook and Twitter Can't Be Trusted to Police Themselves

Google, Facebook and Twitter took a beating on Wednesday testifying in front of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees about their role enabling Russia's...

Learning to Spot Fake News: Start with a Gut Check
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Learning to Spot Fake News: Start with a Gut Check

Which of these statements seems more trustworthy to you?

Does Facebook Even Know How to Control Facebook?
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Does Facebook Even Know How to Control Facebook?

Later today, executives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter will go before the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify about the ways that Russian operatives used...

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.

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...

The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions
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The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions

We are surrounded by hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence and robotics—hysteria about how powerful they will become, how quickly, and what they...

What Facebook Did to American Democracy
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What Facebook Did to American Democracy

In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.

China's AI Awakening
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China's AI Awakening

On a tropical island that marks the southern tip of China, a computer program called Lengpudashi is playing one-on-one poker against a dozen people at once, and...
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