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'This Is How Donald Trump Stays President for Four More Years'
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'This Is How Donald Trump Stays President for Four More Years'

Donald Trump often claims Facebook and Google are "rigged" to favor the political left. Now he's building a 2020 campaign infrastructure that can circumvent them...

Presenting Robots As People Stops Us Thinking Clearly About AI
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Presenting Robots As People Stops Us Thinking Clearly About AI

Last week, Pepper the robot spoke before Parliament, but this kind of stunt distracts from the real issues AI provokes.

Paper and the Case for Going Low-Tech in the Voting Booth
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Paper and the Case for Going Low-Tech in the Voting Booth

In September 2017, barely two months before Virginians went to the polls to pick a new governor, the state's board of elections convened an emergency session. The...

I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.
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I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.

The Facebook video is nuts, but I can't tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified...

Brain Implants: Will They Be Used to Heal or for Control?
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Brain Implants: Will They Be Used to Heal or for Control?

Would you trust a Manchurian Candidate or a Terminator to heal you? Shouldn't you automatically distrust anyone who has received a brain implant by the military...

No, A.I. Won't Solve the Fake News Problem
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No, A.I. Won't Solve the Fake News Problem

In his testimony before Congress this year, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, addressed concerns about the strategically disseminated misinformation...

A Q&A With Micron Technology's Memory Mastermind
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A Q&A With Micron Technology's Memory Mastermind

For over 50 years, the exponential shrinking of circuit components on chips predicted by Gordon Moore has allowed all sorts of modern wonders, from personal computers...

Why the Search for Aliens Could Unite Us Here on Earth
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Why the Search for Aliens Could Unite Us Here on Earth

If aliens are trying to talk to us (or even if they are not), Jill Tarter will be the one to find them.

Blockchains Won't Fix Internet Voting Security, and Could Make It Worse
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Blockchains Won't Fix Internet Voting Security, and Could Make It Worse

Looking to modernize voting practices, speed waiting times at the polls, increase voter turnout and generally make voting more convenient, many government officials—and...

Evolution Is at Work in Computers as well as Life Sciences
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Evolution Is at Work in Computers as well as Life Sciences

Artificial intelligence research has a lot to learn from nature.

Paul Allen Thought Like a Hacker and Never Stopped Dreaming
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Paul Allen Thought Like a Hacker and Never Stopped Dreaming


There May Soon Be Three Internets. America's Won't Necessarily Be the Best.
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There May Soon Be Three Internets. America's Won't Necessarily Be the Best.

In September, Eric Schmidt, the former Google chief executive and Alphabet chairman, said that in the next 10 to 15 years, the internet would most likely be split...

You're Expecting Too Much Out of Boston Dynamics' Robots
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You're Expecting Too Much Out of Boston Dynamics' Robots

At the WIRED25 festival in San Francisco Sunday evening, Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot got onstage and did what no other quadruped robot has done before: It danced...

Jeff Hawkins Is Finally Ready to Explain His Brain Research
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Jeff Hawkins Is Finally Ready to Explain His Brain Research


Trolling, Hacking and the 2016 US Presidential Election
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Trolling, Hacking and the 2016 US Presidential Election

Late in 2016, then-US President Barack Obama mused in an interview with The New Yorker magazine that he had probably been elected because his campaign had begun...

A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared
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A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared

More than 40 years ago, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft with a vision for putting a personal computer on every desk.

Editing the Internet's Second Screen
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Editing the Internet's Second Screen

The great social media cleanup of the past two years hasn't seemed to leave it much cleaner.

How Do You Find an Alien Ocean? Margaret Kivelson Figured It Out
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How Do You Find an Alien Ocean? Margaret Kivelson Figured It Out

The data was like nothing Margaret Kivelson and her team of physicists ever expected.

How Sci-Fi Like WarGames Led to Real Policy During the Reagan Administration
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How Sci-Fi Like WarGames Led to Real Policy During the Reagan Administration

This year, John Badham's WarGames—one of the movies most beloved by hackers, techies, and tech policy wonks (like me!)—celebrates its 35th anniversary.

Why Do Computers Use So Much Energy?
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Why Do Computers Use So Much Energy?

Microsoft is currently running an interesting set of hardware experiments.
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