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Andy Weir: By the Book
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Andy Weir: By the Book

The author of "The Martian" and, most recently, "Artemis" has never read Frank Herbert's "Dune": "Yes, I know. I'm the worst sci-fi fan in the universe."

Pioneering Virtual Reality and New Video Technologies in Journalism
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Pioneering Virtual Reality and New Video Technologies in Journalism

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Marcelle Hopkins, deputy video editor and co-director of virtual reality...

In Reporting on North Korea, Tech Helps Break Through Secrecy
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In Reporting on North Korea, Tech Helps Break Through Secrecy

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Choe Sang-Hun, The Times's Korea correspondent who is based in Seoul...

The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed
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The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed

As an undergraduate at Cambridge University, Geoffrey Everest Hinton thought a lot about the brain. He wanted to better understand how it worked but was frustrated...

Ron Wyden Discusses Encryption, Data Privacy and Security
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Ron Wyden Discusses Encryption, Data Privacy and Security

Ron Wyden, U.S. senator from Oregon and a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, recently talked about the privacy-versus-security debate.

The Problem With Google's 'Star Trek' Computer
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The Problem With Google's 'Star Trek' Computer

Google is hoping to develop its Assistant, a Siri-like technology to be included on the company's new smartphones and other products, into something like the computer...

A Russian Cybersleuth Battles the 'Dark Ages' of the Internet
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A Russian Cybersleuth Battles the 'Dark Ages' of the Internet

A sense of menace stirs right off the elevator on the fifth floor of Kaspersky Lab's Moscow headquarters, where a small television screen displays cyberthreatsa...

Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA
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Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA

As a boy growing up in Denmark, Eske Willerslev could not wait to leave Gentofte, his suburban hometown. As soon as he was old enough, he would strike out for the...

Europe's Antitrust Enforcer on Google, Apple and the Year Ahead
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Europe's Antitrust Enforcer on Google, Apple and the Year Ahead

Margrethe Vestager is already having a busy 2016.

Algorithms and Bias: Q and A With Cynthia Dwork
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Algorithms and Bias: Q and A With Cynthia Dwork

In an interview, Microsoft Research scientist Cynthia Dwork describes how algorithms can learn to discriminate because they are programmed by coders who incorporate...

Google Search Chief Amit Singhal Talks Searching Apps
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Google Search Chief Amit Singhal Talks Searching Apps

Amit Singhal, Google's search chief, has spent the past 15 years creating the miracle that is the Google search box.

Behind the Downfall at BlackBerry
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Behind the Downfall at BlackBerry

Ever since Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepped down as co-chairmen and co-chief executives of BlackBerry, neither has spoken much in public about the once-dominant...

40 Busy Years Later, a Microsoft Founder Considers His Creation
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40 Busy Years Later, a Microsoft Founder Considers His Creation

Looking at Microsoft’s sprawling product line and 118,000 or so employees, it’s easy to forget that the company started with one modest product made by two ambitious...

Astro Teller, Google's ‘Captain of Moonshots,' on Making Profits at Google X
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Astro Teller, Google's ‘Captain of Moonshots,' on Making Profits at Google X

Google is all over the place.

Tim O'Reilly Explains the Internet of Things
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Tim O'Reilly Explains the Internet of Things

Tim O'Reilly has been at the cutting edge of the Internet since it went commercial.

Megan Smith: 'You Can Affect Billions of People'
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Megan Smith: 'You Can Affect Billions of People'

Now that you work at the White House, approximately how many times a day do you find yourself thinking, God, we did this so much better at Google?

The Robot in the Cloud: A Conversation With Ken Goldberg
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The Robot in the Cloud: A Conversation With Ken Goldberg

University of California, Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg is establishing a research center that will focus on developing surgical robots.

Where Tech Is Taking Us: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell
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Where Tech Is Taking Us: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell

Genevieve Bell grew up among Aboriginal people in Australia, taught anthropology at Stanford and for the past 16 years has worked for Intel.

Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer
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Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer

James H. Simons likes to play against type.
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