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The VR Future Is Here but No One Can Agree on a Name for It
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The VR Future Is Here but No One Can Agree on a Name for It

At the VR keynote at Google's IO developer conference, a slide appeared on screen to start the morning's presentation. Clay Bavor, head of AR and VR for Google,...

Want a Better Web? Here's an Idea: Pay for It
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Want a Better Web? Here's an Idea: Pay for It

What's the best way to foster a better web? Maybe subscriptions.

Crispr Creator Jennifer Doudna on the Promises, and Pitfalls, of Easy Genetic Modification
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Crispr Creator Jennifer Doudna on the Promises, and Pitfalls, of Easy Genetic Modification

For $150, you can buy a Crispr kit online and use it to engineer heartier gut bacteria in your kitchen.

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future
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Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas.

Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study Ethics
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Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study Ethics

Computer scientists at Stanford are not taught to seriously consider the societal or political impact of their products. This oversight is troubling since technology...

On the Future of Human-Centered Robotics
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On the Future of Human-Centered Robotics

A major theme in recent political discourse has been the perceived impact of robots and automation on the United States labor economy.

Forget Mars, Let's Go Colonize Titan!
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Forget Mars, Let's Go Colonize Titan!

For a while now, there's been a debate in the US over how to direct NASA's next major human spaceflight initiative.

Nvidia CEO: Software Is Eating the World, but AI Is Going to Eat Software
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Nvidia CEO: Software Is Eating the World, but AI Is Going to Eat Software

Tech companies and investors have recently been piling money into artificial intelligence—and plenty has been trickling down to chip maker Nvidia.

The Real Threat to Our Government Is Tech Illiteracy
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The Real Threat to Our Government Is Tech Illiteracy

You only have to look to newsworthy FBI investigations to see how pervasive U.S. government leaders' digital illiteracy can be.

How Privacy Became a Commodity for the Rich and Powerful
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How Privacy Became a Commodity for the Rich and Powerful

Recently I handed over the keys to my email account to a service that promised to turn my spam-bloated inbox into a sparkling model of efficiency in just a few...

Online Voting Won't Save Democracy
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Online Voting Won't Save Democracy

Technology can do a lot more to make our elections more secure and reliable, and to ensure that participation in the democratic process is available to all.

FCC Chief Makes Case for Tackling Net Neutrality Violations 'After The Fact'
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FCC Chief Makes Case for Tackling Net Neutrality Violations 'After The Fact'

The Federal Communications Commission will vote on May 18 to formally begin the process of loosening regulations that enforce the so-called net neutrality rules...

Russian Disinformation Technology 
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Russian Disinformation Technology 

On July 17, 2014, as passengers checked in at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, "Necro Mancer"(@666_mancer) tweeted about an unusual...

The Wireless Future Ties Us Down More Than Ever
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The Wireless Future Ties Us Down More Than Ever

As I add more cordless, smart, and rechargeable stuff to my life, I've run more into a mundane but real issue: I still have too many cords to deal with when it's...

Eric Schmidt Discusses Computing, AI, and the Future of Technology
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Eric Schmidt Discusses Computing, AI, and the Future of Technology

Self-driving cars, the state of computer science research, artificial intelligence, and other topics were all on the table when MIT' CSAIL hosted Alphabet Chairman...

Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads
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Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads

In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he'd decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small...

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics
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The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who...

The 'Fix' for Net Neutrality That Consumers Don't Need
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The 'Fix' for Net Neutrality That Consumers Don't Need

Netflix and Amazon have been nominated for hundreds of Emmys and Golden Globe awards in recent years, and that is a testament to both the quality of those companies...

Finding Solace in Defeat by Artificial Intelligence
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Finding Solace in Defeat by Artificial Intelligence

Fan Hui, the European Go champion, needed some fresh air. "I don't understand myself anymore."

Artificial Intelligence: Chess Match of the Century
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Artificial Intelligence: Chess Match of the Century

Nearly 20 years ago, I was fortunate enough to play friendly blitz chess against former world champion Garry Kasparov.
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