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Good Reasons Not to Force Online Teaching
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Good Reasons Not to Force Online Teaching

The average teen spends 16.7 hours a week on the Internet, not counting time spent with e-mail. Yikes. It's a good thing the Indiana General Assembly dropped...

Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You
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Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You

GM's current commitment to electric vehicle technology reminds me of the introduction of the personal computer in the 1980s.

I Love You, Killer Robots
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I Love You, Killer Robots

It was way back in May 2010 that I first spotted the flying drones that will take over the world. They were in a video that Daniel Mellinger, one of the robots'...

Nobody Wants to Learn How to Program
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Nobody Wants to Learn How to Program

Many programming tutorials begin with basic programming principles: variables, loops, data types. This is an obvious way to teach programming to adults, but not...

­.s. Senators: No Time to Lose on Strengthening Cybersecurity
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­.s. Senators: No Time to Lose on Strengthening Cybersecurity

Four U.S. senators sound a warning on cybersecurity, comparing the present to the days prior to September 11, 2001. The system is blinking red, and we are failing...

The Dark Side of Facebook
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The Dark Side of Facebook

Your social networking pages are being policed by outsourced, unvetted moderators from third-world countries paid just $1 an hour.

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Why Driverless Cars Will Increase Tensions in Cities and Suburbs Alike

Driverless cars sound less and less like science fiction with each passing month, and that's prompted widespread discussion about how they might change society.

How Young Is Too Young to Learn to Code?
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How Young Is Too Young to Learn to Code?

When the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 spend exactly zero time in front of screens, what its members are concerned about is substitution—all...

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Is Ted Elitist?

In a nutshell, no. It certainly attracts people who are regarded as elite in their area of expertise. But the word "elitist" implies exclusionary, and there have...

Social Media in 2012 Elections Will Make 2008 Look Like the Digital Dark Ages
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Social Media in 2012 Elections Will Make 2008 Look Like the Digital Dark Ages

Forget all the jibber-jabber in this presidential campaign about policy and strategy. The highlight for me of this election cycle came when the Obama campaign released...

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The Coming Entanglement: Bill Joy and Danny Hillis

Digital innovators Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, and Danny Hillis, co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, talk with Scientific American Executive Editor...

Web Privacy Standards: Easy to Break, Hard to Enforce
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Web Privacy Standards: Easy to Break, Hard to Enforce

Over the past week, Google has been called out for bypassing default privacy settings in both Safari and Internet Explorer in order to serve up advertising cookies...

Pinterest: Hot New Network or Another Quora?
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Pinterest: Hot New Network or Another Quora?

After a decade of struggle, the social networking battlefield has quietened down. Facebook is the undisputed champion, while Twitter serves for instant news and...

IBM Says Future Computers Will Be Constant Learners
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IBM Says Future Computers Will Be Constant Learners

Tomorrow's computers will constantly improve their understanding of the data they work with, which will help them provide users with more appropriate information...

The ­.n. Threat to Internet Freedom
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The ­.n. Threat to Internet Freedom

On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet.

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Bill Campbell Makes Future of Journalism His Next Crusade

Buried way down in a recent news release announcing a media innovation institute to be shared by Stanford and Columbia universities was an intriguing tidbit: The...

The Connected Human: How the World Is About to Get Even Smaller
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The Connected Human: How the World Is About to Get Even Smaller

It may be difficult to imagine a world where human beings are even more connected than we are now.  

Q&A: Chief Strategiest
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Q&A: Chief Strategiest

ACM CEO John White talks about initiatives to serve the organization's professional members, increase international activities, and reform computer science education...

The Artificiality of Natural User Interfaces
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The Artificiality of Natural User Interfaces

Toward user-defined gestural interfaces.

Training Users vs. Training Soldiers
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Training Users vs. Training Soldiers: Experiences from the Battlefield

How military training methods can be applied to more effectively teach computer users.
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