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Information Technology: A Digital Genius at Play
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Information Technology: A Digital Genius at Play

The US mathematician and electrical engineer Claude Shannon, whose life spanned the tumultuous, technologically explosive twentieth century, is often called the...

Teddy Roosevelt Wouldn't Understand the E.U.'s Antitrust Fine Against Google
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Teddy Roosevelt Wouldn't Understand the E.U.'s Antitrust Fine Against Google

Back in 1980, Milton Friedman, the University of Chicago economist, starred in a public-television series called "Free to Choose," in which he presented his free...

The President of Search Giant Baidu Has Global Plans
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The President of Search Giant Baidu Has Global Plans

Google and Facebook are household names around the world. Baidu? Not yet. Ya-Qin Zhang, president of China's leading search business, says Chinese companies can...

For Google, Everything Is a Popularity Contest
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For Google, Everything Is a Popularity Contest

When I saw that Google had introduced a "Classic Papers" section of Google Scholar, its search tool for academic journals, I couldn't help but stroke my chin professorially...

Building Privacy Right Into Software Code
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Building Privacy Right Into Software Code

When I was 15, my parents did not allow me to use AOL Instant Messenger. All of my friends used it, so I had to find a way around this rule.

Before the Internet
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Before the Internet

Before the Internet, you would just sit in an armchair with a book open on your lap, staring into space or staring at a decorative broom on the wall—kind of shifting...

Minitel, the Open Network Before the Internet
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Minitel, the Open Network Before the Internet

In 1991, most Americans had not yet heard of the internet.

The Optimistic Promise of Artificial Intelligence
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The Optimistic Promise of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence may be one of the technology world's current obsessions, but many people find it scary, envisioning robots taking over the world.

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear
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How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear

Urs Hölzle has a big job.

How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide
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How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide

"Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you," the Oxford philosophy professor John Alexander Smith told...

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.

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...

President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'Hire American' Too
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President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'Hire American' Too

The same week that President Trump issued his hire American executive order, the president of one of China's top tech companies said his company wants to do the...

How to Build Your Own Moonshot Lab, According to Astro Teller
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How to Build Your Own Moonshot Lab, According to Astro Teller

From balloon-based Internet to self-driving cars, Astro Teller and his team have produced some of the world's most ambitious technology products.

The Inventor of the Web Predicts 'a Massive Outcry' Over Online Privacy
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The Inventor of the Web Predicts 'a Massive Outcry' Over Online Privacy

More than two decades ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the thing you're using to read this story right now—the World Wide Web.

What to Expect Now That Internet Providers Can Collect and Sell Your Web Browser History
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What to Expect Now That Internet Providers Can Collect and Sell Your Web Browser History

After Congress handed President Trump legislation Tuesday that would wipe away landmark privacy protections for Internet users, we received a lot of reader questions...

Will Algorithms Erode Our Decision-Making Skills?
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Will Algorithms Erode Our Decision-Making Skills?

Algorithms are embedded into our technological lives, helping accomplish a variety of tasks like making sure that email makes it to your aunt or that you're matched...

What If the Internet Stopped Working for a Day?
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What If the Internet Stopped Working for a Day?

Jeff Hancock likes to give his Stanford University students weekend assignments that let them experience concepts discussed in class for themselves.

5 Big Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2017
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5 Big Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2017

Last year was huge for advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning. But 2017 may well deliver even more.
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