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Why Tech Will Never Be Able to Predict the Next Mass Shooting
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Why Tech Will Never Be Able to Predict the Next Mass Shooting

Following the horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton last weekend, President Trump called on social media companies to develop tools that could help identify...

How Neal Stephenson Got Book Ideas by Moonlighting at Blue Origin
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How Neal Stephenson Got Book Ideas by Moonlighting at Blue Origin

Neal Stephenson's breakout hit, Snow Crash, envisioned a world of virtual reality—in 1992. The Diamond Age foresaw the future of nanotechnology in 1995. The more...

'martian' Author Andy Weir Figured Out Faster-Than-Light Travel For His New Novel
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'martian' Author Andy Weir Figured Out Faster-Than-Light Travel For His New Novel

Readers and astrophysicists alike praised Andy Weir's The Martian for a fact-first approach to the sci-fi disaster model.

The Search For Aliens Is Just Getting Started
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The Search For Aliens Is Just Getting Started

Over the past 50 years, several SETI projects have scoured the cosmos but have yet to turn up anything conclusive. What do you make of this cosmic radio-silence...

Are You Too Paranoid About Digital Privacy, or Not Paranoid Enough?
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Are You Too Paranoid About Digital Privacy, or Not Paranoid Enough?

Let's start with one thing you hear over and over again when interviewing people about privacy: "I've got nothing to hide."

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Who Cares About Apple TV? Bring Us the Apple Car

The much-mythologized Apple television could be a terrible next step for the company.

How the ­.s. Military Can Win the Robotic Revolution
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How the ­.s. Military Can Win the Robotic Revolution

One of the great conundrums of war and technology is the odd fact that there is no such thing as a permanent first-mover advantage.
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