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Shoot-'Em-Up Videogames Don't Warp Minds – Big Tech Does
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Shoot-'Em-Up Videogames Don't Warp Minds – Big Tech Does

It takes a lot of effort, research, and efficiency to manipulate people online and influence their behavior in the real world. Silicon Valley has it down to a science...

Why Robot Umpires Are Inevitable in Baseball's Future
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Why Robot Umpires Are Inevitable in Baseball's Future

I don't know how long it will be before we get robot umpires calling balls and strikes, but the technology is here to do it today.

A Response to Fake News as a Response to <i>Citizens United</i>
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A Response to Fake News as a Response to Citizens United

How boundaries on speech could free the market for speech.

Continuity and Change in Internet Law
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Continuity and Change in Internet Law

The fundamentals of the field of Internet law have remained consistent, but details have evolved in response to technological innovation.

What Does It Mean for a Computing Curriculum to Succeed?
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What Does It Mean for a Computing Curriculum to Succeed?

Examining the expansion, proliferation, and integration of computing education everywhere.

How Silicon Valley Puts the 'Con' in Consent
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How Silicon Valley Puts the 'Con' in Consent

The average person would have to spend 76 working days reading all of the digital privacy policies they agree to in the span of a year. Reading Amazon's terms and...

Google Isn't the Company that We Should Have Handed the Web Over To
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Google Isn't the Company that We Should Have Handed the Web Over To

With Microsoft's decision to end development of its own Web rendering engine and switch to Chromium, control over the Web has functionally been ceded to Google....

CRISPR
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CRISPR: An Emerging Platform for Gene Editing

Considering a potential platform candidate in the evolving realm of gene-editing technologies research.

Illegal Pricing Algorithms
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Illegal Pricing Algorithms

Examining the potential legal consequences of using pricing algorithms.

Opportunities and Challenges in Search Interaction
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Opportunities and Challenges in Search Interaction

Seeking to address a wider range of user requests toward task completion.

Point: Should AI Technology Be Regulated?
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Point: Should AI Technology Be Regulated?: Yes, and Here's How

Considering the difficult technical and sociological issues affecting the regulation of artificial intelligence research and applications.

Counterpoint: Regulators Should Allow the Greatest Space for AI Innovation
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Counterpoint: Regulators Should Allow the Greatest Space for AI Innovation

Permissionless innovation should be the governing policy for AI technologies.

Learning Machine Learning
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Learning Machine Learning

A discussion of the rapidly evolving realm of machine learning.

What Isaac Asimov Taught ­s About Predicting the Future
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What Isaac Asimov Taught ­s About Predicting the Future

In February, the spaceflight company founded by Elon Musk conducted a test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, which successfully sent its payload into orbit around...

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.

Clicks, Lies and Videotape
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Clicks, Lies and Videotape

This past April a new video of Barack Obama surfaced on the Internet. Against a backdrop that included both the American and presidential flags, it looked like...

50 Years Old, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Still Offers Insight about the Future
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50 Years Old, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Still Offers Insight about the Future

Watching a 50th anniversary screening of "2001: A Space Odyssey," I found myself, a mathematician and computer scientist whose research includes work related to...

Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America
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Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America

Since the advent of Donald Trump's candidacy, there's been a ton of focus on botnets and sockpuppets—automated and semiautomated social media accounts that use...

Detecting 'DeepFake' Videos in the Blink of an Eye
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Detecting 'DeepFake' Videos in the Blink of an Eye

A new form of misinformation is poised to spread through online communities as the 2018 midterm election campaigns heat up. Called "deepfakes" after the pseudonymous...

The Four Ways that Ex-Internet Idealists Explain Where It All Went Wrong
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The Four Ways that Ex-Internet Idealists Explain Where It All Went Wrong

A long time ago, in the bad old days of the 2000s, debates about the Internet were dominated by two great tribes: the Optimists and the Pessimists.
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