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Making the Web Just a Second Faster Would Be a Big Deal
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Making the Web Just a Second Faster Would Be a Big Deal

The web is too damn slow.

Can Starshot Work?
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Can Starshot Work?

A couple of weeks ago the world heard about the most seriously funded (and perhaps the most serious) effort yet for starting us on the pathway to interstellar travel...

The Secret Signals That Rule Transport Networks
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The Secret Signals That Rule Transport Networks

It is early morning on Brighton beach, and we are sitting on a slope of pebbles, looking out to sea.

Will Smell Ever Come to Smartphones?
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Will Smell Ever Come to Smartphones?

Two years ago, at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York, I witnessed David Edwards receive what he claimed was the world's first transatlantic ...

One Easy Way to Make Wikipedia Better
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One Easy Way to Make Wikipedia Better

The Pacific Northwest tree octopus existed years before Wikipedia was founded. I’m using "existed" loosely here, of course, because there's no such thing as a Pacific...

Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him
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Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him

Quantum-computer whiz riffs on simulated universes, the Singularity, unified theories, P/NP, the mind-body problem, free will, why there's something rather than...

Europe's Web Privacy Rules: Bad for Google, Bad for Everyone
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Europe's Web Privacy Rules: Bad for Google, Bad for Everyone

It's been a rough few months for Google in Europe.

New Encryption Technology Is Aiding Terrorists, Intelligence Director Says
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New Encryption Technology Is Aiding Terrorists, Intelligence Director Says

The Edward Snowden leaks have accelerated the sophistication of encryption technologies by "about seven years," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper...

Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him
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Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him

Scott Aaronson has one of the highest intelligence/pretension ratios I’ve ever encountered.

What Cyberwar Against ISIS Should Look Like
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What Cyberwar Against ISIS Should Look Like

Pentagon officials have publicly said, in recent weeks, that they're hitting ISIS not only with bullets and bombs but also with cyberoffensive operations.

Q&A: Python Creator Guido van Rossum on How He Got His Start in Programming
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Q&A: Python Creator Guido van Rossum on How He Got His Start in Programming

Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, tells of growing up, discovering computers in the Netherlands, creating one of the world's most popular programming languages...

Who's Responsible When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?
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Who's Responsible When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Valentine's Day was a bummer in Mountain View, Calif. For the first time, one of Google's self-driving cars, a modified Lexus SUV, caused a crash.

A Year with the Apple Watch: What Works, What Doesn't, and What Lies Ahead?
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A Year with the Apple Watch: What Works, What Doesn't, and What Lies Ahead?

About a year ago, Apple announced and released its first Apple Watch. The long-rumored product was Apple’s first all-new product category since the iPad and its...

Reinvent Yourself: The Playboy Interview with Ray Kurzweil
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Reinvent Yourself: The Playboy Interview with Ray Kurzweil

Many think author, inventor and data scientist Ray Kurzweil is a prophet for our digital age. A few say he's completely nuts.  

700 Million People Just Got Encryption That Congress Can't Touch
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700 Million People Just Got Encryption That Congress Can't Touch

Last month, WhatsApp, the hugely popular messaging service that Facebook owns, made end-to-end encryption the default for its 1 billion users. On Tuesday, Viber...

You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That's Ludicrous
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You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That's Ludicrous

In 2011, developer and researcher Alexandra Elbakyan launched Sci-Hub, an online archive that shares research articles freely and openly without paywalls or restrictions...

Have Comment Sections on News Media Websites Failed?
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Have Comment Sections on News Media Websites Failed?

Many newspapers and online media companies have begun disabling comment sections because of widespread abuse and obscenity.

All Hail Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, King of the Bots
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All Hail Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, King of the Bots

Mark Zuckerberg was once the boy king of Silicon Valley. Now he wants to be the bot king of Silicon Valley.

A Court Is About to Make One of the Most Important Decisions in the History of the Internet
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A Court Is About to Make One of the Most Important Decisions in the History of the Internet

If you thought the battle over net neutrality ended when the Federal Communications Commission slapped a series of unprecedented rules on Internet providers last...

How Early Computer Games Influenced Internet Culture
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How Early Computer Games Influenced Internet Culture

Sometimes it seems the Internet is, at its core, a tremendous nostalgia machine.
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