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'Surfing Toward the Future'
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'Surfing Toward the Future'

A new report from Chile about improving economic competitiveness advances a novel interpretation of innovation. Timing is everything.

Asimov's Predictions from 1964: A Brief Report Card
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Asimov's Predictions from 1964: A Brief Report Card

Predictions about technology's future are almost always doomed.

The Problem with Easy Technology
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The Problem with Easy Technology

In the history of marketing, there's a classic tale that centers on the humble cake mix.

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.

Life Before (and After) Page Numbers
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Life Before (and After) Page Numbers

Print media evolved into its present forms.

Bitcoin's Crisis Is Turning Point For Currency
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Bitcoin's Crisis Is Turning Point For Currency

Many bitcoin users are probably too young to remember the Notorious B.I.G.'s 1997 rap hit "Mo Money Mo Problems."

Why the One Appealing Part of Creationism Is Wrong
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Why the One Appealing Part of Creationism Is Wrong

Earlier this month, Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum, in Petersburg, Kentucky, held a debate with Bill Nye at the museum.

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.

Why Watson Is Real Artificial Intelligence
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Why Watson Is Real Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is here now.

Starman
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Starman

It was a mild October day in Hollywood, but a trace of artificial snow remained on the ground as Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium, at...

Some Predict Computers Will Produce a Jobless Future. Here's Why They're Wrong.
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Some Predict Computers Will Produce a Jobless Future. Here's Why They're Wrong.

Will "smart machines" steal our jobs?

Is the ­niverse a Simulation?
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Is the ­niverse a Simulation?

In Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "The Master and Margarita," the protagonist, a writer, burns a manuscript in a moment of despair, only to find out later from the Devil...

Science Inches Closer to Real Bioshock-Style Plasmids
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Science Inches Closer to Real Bioshock-Style Plasmids

Synthetic success. That's not to say that customized transposons are limited to the hypothetical.

Baxter and the Second Machine Age
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Baxter and the Second Machine Age

The Industrial Revolution of the 18th century is not just the story of steam power, but steam started it all.

The Strange, Deadly Effects Mars Would Have on Your Body
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The Strange, Deadly Effects Mars Would Have on Your Body

We've imagined sending people to Mars since well before Gagarin's first spaceflight.

What Is Nasa For?
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What Is Nasa For?

What the heck is NASA for? It's like asking what a panda is for.

Why Startups Should Steal Ideas and Hire Weirdos
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Why Startups Should Steal Ideas and Hire Weirdos

The most consistently creative and insightful people are explorers.

When Will Genomics Cure Cancer?
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When Will Genomics Cure Cancer?

Since the beginning of this century, the most rapidly advancing field in the life sciences, and perhaps in human inquiry of any sort, has been genomics.

A Creator of Skynet Ponders Google
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A Creator of Skynet Ponders Google

After an eight-year detour in which he served as governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned to his true calling as a cyborg assassin.

Pluto Wins
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Pluto Wins

It's time to stop throwing pity parties for Pluto.
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