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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.

Zuckerberg and Musk Are Both Wrong About AI
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Zuckerberg and Musk Are Both Wrong About AI

Back in 2015, a group of business leaders and scientists published an "open letter" about how controlling artificial superintelligence might be the most urgent...

Metrology Is Key to Reproducing Results
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Metrology Is Key to Reproducing Results

Imagine you are a policymaker who needs to know how much carbon is stored in the South American forest.

Letting Cyberattack Victims Hack Back is a Very Unwise Idea
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Letting Cyberattack Victims Hack Back is a Very Unwise Idea

As the rate of cybercrime increases, so too does the intensity of those attacks.

How China Tames Dissent on the Internet
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How China Tames Dissent on the Internet

Chinese government leaders, subtle masters of propaganda, seem to have discovered a Sun Tzu formula for taming dissent on the Internet: The best strategy may not...

When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back?
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When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back?

There is an old debate (at least, counting in internet years) that tends to crop up after major cybersecurity breaches such as the widespread WannaCry ransomware...

AI Could Revolutionize War As Much As Nukes
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AI Could Revolutionize War As Much As Nukes

In 1899, the world's most powerful nations signed a treaty at The Hague that banned military use of aircraft, fearing the emerging technology's destructive power...

Is Anyone Home? A Way to Find Out If AI Has Become Self-Aware
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Is Anyone Home? A Way to Find Out If AI Has Become Self-Aware

Every moment of your waking life and whenever you dream, you have the distinct inner feeling of being "you."

Spreading Fake News Becomes Standard Practice for Governments Across the World
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Spreading Fake News Becomes Standard Practice for Governments Across the World

Campaigns to manipulate public opinion through false or misleading social media postings have become standard political practice across much of the world, with...

Please Prove You're Not a Robot
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Please Prove You're Not a Robot

When science fiction writers first imagined robot invasions, the idea was that bots would become smart and powerful enough to take over the world by force, whether...

Information Technology: A Digital Genius at Play
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Information Technology: A Digital Genius at Play

The US mathematician and electrical engineer Claude Shannon, whose life spanned the tumultuous, technologically explosive twentieth century, is often called the...

Why Haven't Reporters Mass-Adopted Secure Tools for Communicating With Sources?
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Why Haven't Reporters Mass-Adopted Secure Tools for Communicating With Sources?

In the months since Donald Trump took office, Washington has been leaking like a sieve.

Why Robots Won't Steal All Our Jobs
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Why Robots Won't Steal All Our Jobs

Don't worry. The robots won't destroy all our jobs. History suggests just the opposite—that new technologies inspire new jobs.

Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom
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Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom

As recent high school graduates prepare for their migration to college in the fall, one item is sure to top most students' shopping wish lists: a laptop computer...

Teddy Roosevelt Wouldn't Understand the E.U.'s Antitrust Fine Against Google
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Teddy Roosevelt Wouldn't Understand the E.U.'s Antitrust Fine Against Google

Back in 1980, Milton Friedman, the University of Chicago economist, starred in a public-television series called "Free to Choose," in which he presented his free...

Asimov's Laws Won't Stop Robots Harming Humans So We've Developed a BetterĀ Solution
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Asimov's Laws Won't Stop Robots Harming Humans So We've Developed a BetterĀ Solution

How do you stop a robot from hurting people?

It's Time to Make Code More Tinker-Friendly
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It's Time to Make Code More Tinker-Friendly

We need new tools that let everyone see, understand, and remix today's web. We need, in other words, to reboot the culture of View Source.
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