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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."

5 Star Trek Technologies That Are More Truth Than Science Fiction
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5 Star Trek Technologies That Are More Truth Than Science Fiction

It's easy to get sucked in by the wild and wacky science of Star Trek, from beaming and materializing in other places, to the intense blast of deadly light from...

Smartphones Are Weapons of Mass Manipulation, and This Guy Is Declaring War on Them
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Smartphones Are Weapons of Mass Manipulation, and This Guy Is Declaring War on Them

If, like an ever-growing majority of people in the U.S., you own a smartphone, you might have the sense that apps in the age of the pocket-sized computer are designed...

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...

Oculus Chief Scientist Speaks about Virtual Reality in the Lab and on Your Face
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Oculus Chief Scientist Speaks about Virtual Reality in the Lab and on Your Face

While many of us are impatient with virtual reality—the best headsets are still too expensive, they need to be tethered to beefy computers, and there isn't all...

Apple's Tim Cook on iPhones, Augmented Reality, and How He Plans to Change Your World
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Apple's Tim Cook on iPhones, Augmented Reality, and How He Plans to Change Your World

Earlier this year, video emerged of a new iPhone feature, long before it was released. It showed the phone creating a magical portal in the middle of a city street...

Q&A: The AI Composer
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Q&A: The AI Composer

Computer scientist Luc Steels uses artificial intelligence to explore the origins and evolution of language.

How to Build Your Own Moonshot Lab, According to Astro Teller
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How to Build Your Own Moonshot Lab, According to Astro Teller

From balloon-based Internet to self-driving cars, Astro Teller and his team have produced some of the world's most ambitious technology products.

Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI
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Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI

Watch enough science fiction movies and you'll probably come to the conclusion that humans are living on borrowed time.

He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now
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He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now

Trucks that can drive themselves along delivery routes. Computers capable of defeating world champions in a notoriously complex game. Apps that can translate sentences...

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...

How Scientifically Plausible Is 'Star Trek'?
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How Scientifically Plausible Is 'Star Trek'?

"Star Trek" turns 50 on Sept. 8, and instead of buying it a fancy sports car, our mission is to boldly go down the "Star Trek" rabbit hole, or rather, wormhole,...

Orwell Was Right: Oliver Stone on What Makes Snowden Exciting
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Orwell Was Right: Oliver Stone on What Makes Snowden Exciting

Oliver Stone wants you to know he's not an activist.

Tim Cook: Running Apple 'Is Sort of a Lonely Job'
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Tim Cook: Running Apple 'Is Sort of a Lonely Job'

On a sleek white coffee table in Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth-floor office in late July, beneath framed posters of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King...

What Virtual Reality Is Good For
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What Virtual Reality Is Good For

After years as a punchline, virtual reality is enjoying a renaissance. Venture capitalists plowed $1.2 billion into virtual-reality and augmented-reality startups...

The Lopsided Geography of Wikipedia
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The Lopsided Geography of Wikipedia

Think about how often, in the course of a week, you visit Wikipedia.

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?
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How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?

And it's not just gamers who are benefiting from the immersive possibilities it offers.

Snowden's Chronicler Reveals Her Own Life Under Surveillance
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Snowden's Chronicler Reveals Her Own Life Under Surveillance

Laura Poitras has a talent for disappearing. In her early documentaries like My Country, My Country and The Oath, her camera seems to float invisibly in rooms where...

Werner Herzog Talks Virtual Reality
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Werner Herzog Talks Virtual Reality

"I'm a skeptic of 3-D, but when I saw the paintings I knew I had to use it," Werner Herzog told Judith Thurman in 2010, after the New York première of his documentary...

Grandfather of VR: The Virtual Can Show the Beauty of the Real
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Grandfather of VR: The Virtual Can Show the Beauty of the Real

Thomas Furness is known as the pioneer who stood at the inception of what we know today as virtual reality.
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