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Here's Why American Students Don’t Learn Computer Science
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Here's Why American Students Don’t Learn Computer Science

America's youth isn't getting a decent education when it comes to the basics of technology, and a survey conducted by Google and Gallup shows why.

Jeff Hawkins on Why His Approach to AI Will Become the Approach to AI
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Jeff Hawkins on Why His Approach to AI Will Become the Approach to AI

In an interview, Numenta founder Jeff Hawkins says he expects his vision of brain-inspired artificial intelligence (AI) to win out over other approaches. He says...

Why Big Data Has Some Big Problems When It Comes to Public Policy
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Why Big Data Has Some Big Problems When It Comes to Public Policy

For all the talk about using big data and data science to solve the world’s problems—and even all the talk about big data as one of the world’s problems—it seems...

5 Things That Will Remake Big Data in the Next 5 Years
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5 Things That Will Remake Big Data in the Next 5 Years

Big data has evolved a lot of the past few years; from a happy buzzword to a hated buzzword, and from a focus on volume to a focus on variety and velocity.

Udacity Founder: MOOCs Can Help the Economy, Even If They Can't Replace College
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Udacity Founder: MOOCs Can Help the Economy, Even If They Can't Replace College

Sebastian Thrun was instrumental in building Google's self-driving car and Glass projects, and helped launch the company's Google X wing to spearhead "moonshot"...

The White House Is Going to Study Big Data. Here Are 5 Things It Should Know
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The White House Is Going to Study Big Data. Here Are 5 Things It Should Know

The White House announced via blog post on Thursday that it's forming working group focused on understanding the promises and pitfalls of big data (with a heavy...

When Google Closes the Nest Deal, Privacy Issues for the Internet of Things Will Hit the Big Time
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When Google Closes the Nest Deal, Privacy Issues for the Internet of Things Will Hit the Big Time

Google rocked the smart home market Monday with its intention to purchase connected home thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion, which will force a much-needed...

Design Thinker Don Norman on His Stealth Startup, Apple vs. Android vs. Microsoft, and Experience Design
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Design Thinker Don Norman on His Stealth Startup, Apple vs. Android vs. Microsoft, and Experience Design

Don Norman's The Design of Everyday Things is the bible for design thinking and technology.

Here's What You Need to Know About the Future of Gesture-based UI Design
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Here's What You Need to Know About the Future of Gesture-based UI Design

Smartphone screens across the globe are embracing clean design in an effort to feature content on high-end pixel real estate.

PGP Inventor and Silent Circle Co-founder Phil Zimmermann on the Surveillance Society
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PGP Inventor and Silent Circle Co-founder Phil Zimmermann on the Surveillance Society

Phil Zimmermann might be a technologist, but he tends to get philosophical when it comes to the issues of privacy and security and how they intersect with our society...

Hacktivist Richard Stallman Takes On Proprietary Software, SaaS, and Open Source
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Hacktivist Richard Stallman Takes On Proprietary Software, SaaS, and Open Source

Richard Stallman, revered by some as a genius (after all, he won a McArthur "genius" grant in 1990) and by others as a crackpot, was in New York Monday where he...

Did Facebook Miss a Massive Opportunity by Building a Walled Garden Instead of a Truly Open Platform?
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Did Facebook Miss a Massive Opportunity by Building a Walled Garden Instead of a Truly Open Platform?

When Facebook first launched its platform strategy in 2007, it seemed as though a new world of opportunity had opened up for anyone interested in the social web—a...

Meet the Designer Behind Some of the Web’s Newest Killer Fonts
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Meet the Designer Behind Some of the Web’s Newest Killer Fonts

Thanks to newer browsers and greater bandwidth, there's been an explosion of new Web fonts—tens of thousands of them over the last decade.

Why Microsoft's Reorganization Closes the Books on an Era of Computing
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Why Microsoft's Reorganization Closes the Books on an Era of Computing

Nothing ever stays the same. On more than one occasion, it has taken Microsoft, one of the most important engines powering the rise of the technology industry,...

Internet Inventor: No Technological Cure for Privacy Ills
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Internet Inventor: No Technological Cure for Privacy Ills

Is there technological solution for protecting people from online surveillance?

Why Google Is the Big Data Company That Matters Most
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Why Google Is the Big Data Company That Matters Most

Every now and then, someone asks "Who’ll be the Google of big data?"

The Future of Propaganda: Sean Gourley on Big Data and the 'War of Ideas'
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The Future of Propaganda: Sean Gourley on Big Data and the 'War of Ideas'

In 2009, Sean Gourley, an Oxford-trained physicist, gave a TED talk called "The Mathematics of War."

How Technology Is Slowly Developing Its Sense of Smell
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How Technology Is Slowly Developing Its Sense of Smell

Last week I attended what was, I think it is fair to say, the oddest conference I have been to yet. It was the first world congress of the Digital Olfaction Society...

Yes, You Should Care About Bitcoin, and Here's Why
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Yes, You Should Care About Bitcoin, and Here's Why

Everybody's talking about Bitcoin these days, which is quite remarkable given the highly technical nature of the crypto-currency. So why is it such a big deal?

Google's 10 Rules for Designing Data Centers
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Google's 10 Rules for Designing Data Centers

Google has long pushed the envelope of data center infrastructure design, particularly when it comes to renewable energy, efficient cooling, new power electronics...
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