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Hey, Robot: Which Cat Is Cuter?
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Hey, Robot: Which Cat Is Cuter?

One recent morning, while contemplating writing this column, I scrolled through thousands and thousands of listings for mundane microgigs on Mechanical Turk, or...

10 Years On, Gmail Has Transformed the Web as We Know It
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10 Years On, Gmail Has Transformed the Web as We Know It

Google loves to unveil a good gag product on April Fool's Day.

Small Data, Where N = Me
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Small Data, Where N = Me

Seeking personalized data-derived insights from analysis of our digital traces.

When Big Data Marketing Becomes Stalking
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When Big Data Marketing Becomes Stalking

Many of us now expect our online activities to be recorded and analyzed, but we assume that the physical spaces we inhabit are different.

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Why Google Doesn't Have a Research Lab

Research vice presidents at some computing giants, such as Microsoft and IBM, rule over divisions housed in dedicated facilities carefully insulated from the rat...

The Future of Brain Implants
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The Future of Brain Implants

What would you give for a retinal chip that let you see in the dark or for a next-generation cochlear implant that let you hear any conversation in a noisy restaurant...

The Search For Life Across the ­niverse
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The Search For Life Across the ­niverse

When Jeremy Drake was beginning his career in the late 1980s, the question of whether or not we are alone in the universe still seemed beyond the realm of scienc...

A Close Look at the Nsa's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool
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A Close Look at the Nsa's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

We already knew that the NSA has weaponized the Internet, enabling it to "shoot" exploits at anyone it desires.

Flight 370 and the Terror of Being Off the Grid
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Flight 370 and the Terror of Being Off the Grid

How can a commercial airliner go missing?

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...

The Future of Internet Freedom
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The Future of Internet Freedom

Over the next decade, approximately five billion people will become connected to the Internet.

Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It
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Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It

I once worked with Steven Spielberg on the development of Minority Report, derived from the short story by Philip K. Dick featuring a future society that uses surveillance...

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."

Social Physics
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Social Physics

Since 2001, the Human Dynamics Laboratory at the MIT Media Lab has used digital technologies—from home-brewed portable sensors to cellphone call records—to try...

What Do Data Brokers Know About Me?
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What Do Data Brokers Know About Me?

I once ran into a friend and her husband at the playground in our neighborhood in Manhattan.

Are the Robots About to Rise?
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Are the Robots About to Rise?

It's hard to know where to start with Ray Kurzweil.

Satya Nadella, Chief of Microsoft, on His New Role
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Satya Nadella, Chief of Microsoft, on His New Role

Q. What leadership lessons have you learned from your predecessor, Steve Ballmer?

Are There Any Benefits to Losing Our Privacy?
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Are There Any Benefits to Losing Our Privacy?

In a digital world, our every move can be tracked, collected and analysed.

This Ingenious Touchscreen ­i Should Be in Every Car
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This Ingenious Touchscreen ­i Should Be in Every Car

There may be no greater design crime today than putting a touchscreen in an automobile.

Glass, Darkly
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Glass, Darkly

Google Glass shares much of its electronics and software with the smartphone, but it's a very different machine.
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