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Do We Really Need to Learn to Code?
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Do We Really Need to Learn to Code?

"Learn to Code!" This imperative to program seems to be everywhere these days. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg recently donated ten million dollars to Code.org,...

Spy vs. Spy
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Spy vs. Spy

Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the United States was charging members of the Chinese military with economic espionage.

How a Raccoon Became an Aardvark
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How a Raccoon Became an Aardvark

In July of 2008, Dylan Breves, then a seventeen-year-old student from New York City, made a mundane edit to a Wikipedia entry on the coati.

"we're at Greater Risk": General Keith Alexander
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"we're at Greater Risk": General Keith Alexander

Since Edward Snowden's revelations about government surveillence, we know more about how the National Security Agency has been interpreting Section 215 of the Patriot...

Can an Algorithm Solve Twitter's Credibility Problem?
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Can an Algorithm Solve Twitter's Credibility Problem?

On October 29, 2012, when Hurricane Sandy made landfall, I was in my Brooklyn apartment, refreshing Twitter.

Putin's Fear of the Internet
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Putin's Fear of the Internet

In the mid-nineteen-sixties, Brezhnev's Soviet Union introduced a law aimed at stifling ideological dissent.

Goodbye, Net Neutrality; Hello, Net Discrimination
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Goodbye, Net Neutrality; Hello, Net Discrimination

In 2007, at a public forum at Coe College, in Iowa, Presidential candidate Barack Obama was asked about net neutrality.

Death Googles Himself
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Death Googles Himself

Hey!

What Makes an Alien Intelligent?
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What Makes an Alien Intelligent?

On Thursday, astronomers announced that they'd reached a new milestone in the search for Earth's "twin," or a planet much like ours that orbits in what's known...

Anger on Weibo Over Flight 370
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Anger on Weibo Over Flight 370

Tragedy, when its cause and the fate of its victims are still unknown, is supposed to occasion solidarity.

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.

The Interstellar Contract
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The Interstellar Contract

Last September, the Times reported that Voyager 1, the hardy spacecraft launched in 1977, had exited the solar system and entered the interstellar void.

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.

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...

Through a Face Scanner Darkly
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Through a Face Scanner Darkly

Anonymity forms a protective casing.

Making It
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Making It

In January of 1903, the small Boston magazine Handicraft ran an essay by the Harvard professor Denman W. Ross, who argued that the American Arts and Crafts movement...

Google's Robot Army
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Google's Robot Army

A couple of weeks ago, shortly after the Amazon C.E.O. Jeff Bezos unveiled, on "60 Minutes," that his company plans to deliver packages to customers with a swarm...

The Daunting Challenge of Secure Email
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The Daunting Challenge of Secure Email

When users of Lavabit, an encrypted e-mail service, logged on to the site this past August, they found a bewildering letter on the site's main page.

Why We Should Think About the Threat of Artificial Intelligence
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Why We Should Think About the Threat of Artificial Intelligence

If the New York Times's latest article is to be believed, artificial intelligence is moving so fast it sometimes seems almost "magical."

Is Ad Avoidance a Problem?
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Is Ad Avoidance a Problem?

Back in the twentieth century, people were roughly equal in their power to avoid advertising.
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