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There Is No Such Thing as 'the' Blockchain
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There Is No Such Thing as 'the' Blockchain

How do you quadruple your stock price without lifting a finger?

Exoplanet Science 2.0
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Exoplanet Science 2.0

It is more than two decades since we learnt that the Universe is awash with other worlds. Since 1992, more than 3,500 exoplanets have been discovered orbiting stars...

Even Realistic Videogames Like Call of Duty Won't Help US Win Wars
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Even Realistic Videogames Like Call of Duty Won't Help US Win Wars

Millennials can now storm the beaches of Normandy and fight Nazis with a new level of realism.

Trust in Digital Technology Will Be the Internet's Next Frontier, For 2018 and Beyond
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Trust in Digital Technology Will Be the Internet's Next Frontier, For 2018 and Beyond

After decades of unbridled enthusiasm—bordering on addiction—about all things digital, the public may be losing trust in technology.

The Big Tech Trends to Follow at Ces 2018
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The Big Tech Trends to Follow at Ces 2018

Imagine this: When you leave the house, your air conditioner and lights turn off automatically. Then when a motion sensor detects a person in the house, like your...

8 Overly Confident, Mostly Pessimistic Predictions About Tech in 2018
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8 Overly Confident, Mostly Pessimistic Predictions About Tech in 2018

It was a very strange year for technology companies. They have become a "bipartisan whipping boy," a new sexist institution, responsible for the muddying of the...

What Telegram Owes Iranians
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What Telegram Owes Iranians

After the 2009 Green Movement—a failed attempt to overturn a stolen presidential election through street protests—the Iranian political establishment took away...

10 Ways Tech Will Shape Your Life in 2018, For Better and Worse
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10 Ways Tech Will Shape Your Life in 2018, For Better and Worse

Is the outlook for technology in 2018 exciting—or slightly terrifying? Flip a coin. You'd be right either way.

3 Brain Technologies to Watch in 2018
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3 Brain Technologies to Watch in 2018

Technologies to detect brain activity—fine, we'll come right out and call it mind reading—as well as to change it are moving along so quickly that "a bit of a gold...

License Expired: The Ars Technica 2018 Deathwatch
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License Expired: The Ars Technica 2018 Deathwatch

Wow, that 2017, though. Quite a year. Let's grab a Juicero and take a moment to reflect on the utter dumpster fires that we've witnessed over the past 12 months...

New York City's Bold, Flawed Attempt to Make Algorithms Accountable
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New York City's Bold, Flawed Attempt to Make Algorithms Accountable

The end of a politician's time in office often inspires a turn toward the existential, but few causes are as quixotic as the one chosen by James Vacca, who this...

How Nasa's Search For Et Relies on Advanced AI
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How Nasa's Search For Et Relies on Advanced AI

The biggest knock against sending robots to explore the solar system for signs of life has always been their inability to make intuitive, even creative decisions...

Driverless Cars Could Make Transportation Free For Everyone, With a Catch
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Driverless Cars Could Make Transportation Free For Everyone, With a Catch

As self-driving cars inch closer to everyday reality, journalists, futurists, economists, and ethicists have weighed in with numerous predictions about autonomous...

Science Fiction When the Future Is Now
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Science Fiction When the Future Is Now

AlphaGo, fake news, cyberwar: 2017 has felt science-fictional in the here and now. Space settlement and sea-steading seem just around the bend; so, at times, do...

The Sharing Economy Meets Reality
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The Sharing Economy Meets Reality

Assessing the uncertainties of the business models driving the sharing economy.

How Law and Computer Science Can Work Together to Improve the Information Society
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How Law and Computer Science Can Work Together to Improve the Information Society

Seeking to remedy bad legislation with good science.

Defining American Greatness
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Defining American Greatness: IBM from Watson to Trump

Reflections on a firm that encapsulated the American Century.

Technology and the Failure of the University
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Technology and the Failure of the University

Considering the double-edged sword of learning technologies in various academic settings.

Ask Not What Your Postdoc Can Do For You . . .
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Ask Not What Your Postdoc Can Do For You . . .

Seeking more effective strategies for training and nurturing CS postdocs to ensure their success.

The Year the Home Button Died
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The Year the Home Button Died

The most convincing lie Steve Jobs ever told was "you already know how to use it."
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