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In 1984, two men were thinking a lot about the Internet. One of them invented it. The other is an artist who would see its impact on society with uncanny prescience.
The indictment released Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller makes plain how prosecutors believe Russia pursued its multiyear scheme to undermine the 2016 presidential election—by wielding the social media-driven Internet…
It's been two years since the FBI and Apple got into a giant fight over encryption following the San Bernardino shooting, when the government had the shooter's iPhone, but not the password needed to unlock it, so it asked Apple…
For all the particularities of life in China, its big cities offer a familiar cosmopolitanism.
In 1981, when I was 9 years old, my father took me to see Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Every February I agonize over the Valentine's Day Dilemma. How can I show my girlfriend, whom I'll call Emily, how much I love her?
Today, the Trump administration released a proposed budget that called for massive cuts to science research across the federal government.
If you have something personal or private to communicate, you know where to turn.
These days, we're having a harder and harder time trusting each other.
Among the many, many Democrats who will seek the party's presidential nomination in 2020, most probably agree on a handful of core issues: protecting DACA, rejoining the Paris climate agreement, unraveling President Trump's tax…
A long time ago, when I was working on my Ph.D. research, I learned to use supercomputers to track the complex 3-D motions of gas blown into space by dying stars.
I'll make this short: The thing you're doing now, reading prose on a screen, is going out of fashion.
When I first met John Perry Barlow, we became instant soulmates. While that sentence is true for me, it also applies to probably 10,000 other people.
"Before I became an astronaut, I had seen stories of astronauts who had seen white flashes from radiation while they flew in space," says Terry Virts, a former Nasa astronaut.
U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that servicemembers' digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their workouts—including at or near military bases and clandestine sites around…
When Americans consider how technology has changed their lives, they tend to focus on how the internet and smartphones have altered how they watch TV, connect with friends, or how they shop. But those changes pale in comparison…
Lt. Saul Jaeger, who commands the traffic unit at the Mountain View Police Department, remembers the first time a few years ago when he was given a demo of Waymo's self-driving cars.
Imagine it is the spring of 2019. A bottom-feeding website, perhaps tied to Russia, "surfaces" video of a sex scene starring an 18-year-old Kirsten Gillibrand.
We recently had an interesting exchange with bunnie Huang, hardware guru and creator of Chumby, NetTV, and the Novena laptop, among other things. He's also the author of Hacking the Xbox, The Essential Guide to Electronics in…
We are living in the midst of a profound technological restructuring of human society. The machines that once only frolicked in science fiction have begun to infiltrate our lives.
If we were given the capacity to track and feel one another's emotions, would we behave better?
Jane Margolis and Julie Flapan of UCLA discuss their mission to boost the diversity of next-generation programmers and coders.
Protecting the Internet of Things with embedded security.
Maximizing the performance of neurodiverse talent.
Sometimes you can give the monkey a less-dangerous club.
Considering rapidly evolving human-machine interactions.
How innovation originates from market participants with multiple perspectives about commercial value.
When do we decide that errors are due to bad design in programming languges and education?
There is a growing trend to treat very difficult problems in computer science as purely engineering problems where solutions are …
Ethics for Tech must address how professional issues play out in the workplace, in real life.
The morning John Kennedy was set to testify last December …
Researchers have created a "microscale magnetic tumbling robot" propelled by …
Lawmakers are concerned that advances in video manipulation technology could …
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