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We Ignore Iran at Our Peril
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We Ignore Iran at Our Peril

When it comes to cyberweapons, America is an elephant and Iran is a flea. Still, a flea can be a persistent nuisance, especially for the unprotected.

Don't Get Your Kid an Internet-Connected Toy
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Don't Get Your Kid an Internet-Connected Toy

For last-minute shoppers, tech toys hold a special appeal.

Satya Nadella on Ai, Sexual Harassment, and Microsoft's Soul
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Satya Nadella on Ai, Sexual Harassment, and Microsoft's Soul

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is putting his own stamp on the tech giant once led by Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

Augmented Reality's Real Power Will Come From Substance, Not Flash
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Augmented Reality's Real Power Will Come From Substance, Not Flash

Last week the pilot light for my water heater went out. I tried to relight it by following the instructions pasted on the side of the heater, but they were as inscrutable...

The Bitcoin Boom: In Code We Trust
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The Bitcoin Boom: In Code We Trust

You don't need brilliant financial analysis skills to notice that Bitcoin is in a bubble.

Goodbye Internet: How Regional Divides Upended the World Wide Web
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Goodbye Internet: How Regional Divides Upended the World Wide Web

So, there you have it: 2017 was the year that finally broke the internet.

Five Priorities For Weather and Climate Research
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Five Priorities For Weather and Climate Research

Meteorology is entering a new era. Demand is growing worldwide for forecasts of storms, floods and droughts.

Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality
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Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality

There's a revolution afoot, and you will know it by the stripes.

How AI Changes The Stakes For Pharma
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How AI Changes The Stakes For Pharma

Can drug developers leverage AI to reverse the decline in R&D productivity that has persisted in the face of other IT technologies?

Beyond Bitcoin: How Technology Could Help Fix Our Broken Financial System
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Beyond Bitcoin: How Technology Could Help Fix Our Broken Financial System

On a spring day more than 5,000 years ago in the Mesopotamian city of Ur, a foreign merchant sold his wares in exchange for a large bundle of silver.

As AI and Robots Rise Up, Do Humans Need an Upgrade Too? 
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As AI and Robots Rise Up, Do Humans Need an Upgrade Too? 

There is a chip implanted in my hand. I'm serious.

The Tax Overhaul Could Cripple the U.s. as a Leader in Science
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The Tax Overhaul Could Cripple the U.s. as a Leader in Science

The graduate education system in the United States is rightly considered the best in the world. But Republicans in the House of Representatives have passed a bill...

Why These Friendly Robots Can't Be Good Friends to Our Kids
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Why These Friendly Robots Can't Be Good Friends to Our Kids

Jibo the robot swivels around when it hears its name and tilts its touchscreen face upward, expectantly.

A Unified Theory of Meme Death
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A Unified Theory of Meme Death

Memes aren't built to last. This is an accepted fact of online life.

Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk
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Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk

The 20th century gave birth to the Nuclear Age as the power of the atom was harnessed and unleashed.

The Fake News Culprit No One Wants to Identify: You
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The Fake News Culprit No One Wants to Identify: You

Data & Society founder and Microsoft researcher danah boyd discusses the shifting public discourse around online disinformation campaigns, and what role the tech...

Bitcoin Mining Guzzles Energy and Its Carbon Footprint Just Keeps Growing
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Bitcoin Mining Guzzles Energy and Its Carbon Footprint Just Keeps Growing

A somewhat neglected issue in discussions of bitcoin is the tremendous increase in power consumption used by miners. The rising power required to mine bitcoin conflicts...

What I Learned from the People Who Built the Atom Bomb
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What I Learned from the People Who Built the Atom Bomb

When I began my career in elementary particle physics, the great figures who taught and inspired me had been part of the Manhattan Project generation that developed...

How Hardy Is Webb? A Q&a About the Toughness of Nasa's Webb Telescope
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How Hardy Is Webb? A Q&a About the Toughness of Nasa's Webb Telescope

Just how resilient does a space telescope have to be to survive both Earth's environment and the frigid, airless environment of space?

Could Intelligent Machines of the Future Own the Rights to Their Own creations?
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Could Intelligent Machines of the Future Own the Rights to Their Own creations?

Intellectual property may be the legal term for creations, including literary or artistic, but there is something inherently human about it as well. 
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