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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...

Mercury Mission Set to End with Dramatic Crash
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Mercury Mission Set to End with Dramatic Crash

On 30 April, after more than four years in orbit around Mercury, NASA's MESSENGER probe will plunge to its doom.

Considering 'the Philosophy of the Web'
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Considering 'the Philosophy of the Web'

We associate technology with the shiny and new. But humans have been using technology to change the environment and themselves since at least the lower Paleolithic...

3 Questions on Killer Robots
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3 Questions on Killer Robots

Delegates to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons are meeting this week in Geneva to discuss fully autonomous weapons—machines that could...

Moore's Law Will Bring Emotional Machines—SoftBank CEO
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Moore's Law Will Bring Emotional Machines—SoftBank CEO

Humans will face their biggest test when computers surpass human intellectual capabilities, according to Masayoshi Son, the billionaire founder and CEO of SoftBank...

Moore's Law Hits 50, but It May Not See 60
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Moore's Law Hits 50, but It May Not See 60

Moore's Law turns 50 years old this Sunday. It may not make it to 60.

Putting Technology in Its Place
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Putting Technology in Its Place

Kentaro Toyama calls himself "a recovering technoholic"—someone who once was "addicted to a technological way of solving problems."

The Inner Lives of Robots: An Interview with Filmmaker Alex Garland
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The Inner Lives of Robots: An Interview with Filmmaker Alex Garland

Like self-replicating machines, robot movies are taking over Hollywood.

Interview with Concepcion A. Monje, a Researcher in UC3M's Robotics Lab
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Interview with Concepcion A. Monje, a Researcher in UC3M's Robotics Lab

Concepcion A. Monje, a researcher in the Robotics Lab at Carlos III University of Madrid, recently discussed the future of robotics and the science fiction film...

Why AI Is Humanity's Last Hope
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Why AI Is Humanity's Last Hope

Alex Garland has one thought when it comes to the AI revolution: Bring it on.

AI Doomsayer Says His Ideas Are Catching On
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AI Doomsayer Says His Ideas Are Catching On

Philosopher Nick Bostrom says major tech companies are listening to his warnings about artificial intelligence.

HBO's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on NSA Leaks
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HBO's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on NSA Leaks

Edward Snowden and an unlikely interviewer squared-off on HBO over the leaks that exposed the National Security Agency's extensive surveillance programs.

Undersea Cables Transport 99 Percent of International Data
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Undersea Cables Transport 99 Percent of International Data

Things at the bottom of the sea: pale fish, manganese nodules, plastic trash and cables. Lots of cables.

First White House Data Chief Discusses His Top Priorities
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First White House Data Chief Discusses His Top Priorities

Data science is not entirely new to Washington, D.C.—nor is DJ Patil, who was recently named as the U.S.'s first chief data scientist.

How Facebook's Chief Geek Will Meld Reality with the Oculus
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How Facebook's Chief Geek Will Meld Reality with the Oculus

Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer turned 40 last month. He (just barely) blew out a row of 40 candles during a mini-celebration at company headquarters...

Apple's Tim Cook Leads Different
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Apple's Tim Cook Leads Different

Tim Cook assumed he was ready for the harsh glare that shines on Apple's CEO.

An Interview with Juris Hartmanis
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An Interview with Juris Hartmanis

A pioneer in the field of computational complexity theory reflects on his career.

DJ Patil Talks Nerdy to Us
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DJ Patil Talks Nerdy to Us

DJ Patil was recently named the White House's deputy chief technology officer for data policy and chief data scientist, making him the first-ever national datacoined...

Edward Snowden Issues 'Call to Arms' for Tech Companies in Secret SXSW Meeting
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Edward Snowden Issues 'Call to Arms' for Tech Companies in Secret SXSW Meeting

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was a highlight of last year's SXSW, where he gave one of his first public speeches. This year, Snowden was back at SXSW—but only...

Virtual Zombie Apocalypse Can Prepare Us for Disaster
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Virtual Zombie Apocalypse Can Prepare Us for Disaster

Why use online games to study our responses to catastrophic events?
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