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Features Archive

  • What Will Alphabet Be When It Grows Up?

    To truly change the world, Google’s new holding company will need something that has eluded many previous industrial labs: an effective commercialization strategy.


  • Fighting ISIS Online

    The Islamic State is an Internet phenomenon as much as a military one. Counteracting it will require better tactics on the battlefield of social media.


  • On the Edge of Automation

    Five hundred years from now, says venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson, less than 10 percent of people on the planet will be doing paid work. And next year?


  • The Hit Charade

    An algorithm might create a playlist you enjoy, but don’t mistake that for creativity.


  • Teaching Machines to Understand Us

    A reincarnation of one of the oldest ideas in artificial intelligence could finally make it possible to truly converse with our computers. And Facebook has a chance to make it happen first.


  • Tech’s Enduring Great-Man Myth

    The idea that particular individuals drive history has long been discredited. Yet it persists in the tech industry, obscuring some of the fundamental factors in innovation.


  • Deep Learning

    With massive amounts of computational power, machines can now recognize objects and translate speech in real time. Artificial intelligence is finally getting smart.


  • Paying for Solar Power

    SolarCity’s massive new manufacturing plant in Buffalo, New York, reflects a booming demand for solar power. Is it sustainable?



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