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  • 81 Years Ago

    The fear that our devices are somehow altering our brains might seem exclusively modern. But in 1931, Technology Review published “Machine-Made Minds: The Psychological Effects of Modern Technology,” in which John Bakeless explored how machines had transformed the very nature of human thought. Here’s what he had to say:

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  • Three Questions for Patti Maes

    Maes, whose research group studies human-computer interaction, says mobile devices may soon eavesdrop on their owners to anticipate their needs.

    12 comments

  • You Will Want Google Goggles

    I thought that glasses with “augmented reality” would be hopelessly dorky and could never go mainstream—until I saw the technology in action.

    32 comments

  • Data Dystopia

    Facebook’s power over our social lives comes with great ­responsibility.

  • Lesson Learned

    The Fukushima disaster should make nuclear energy safer than ever.

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  • Safe Science

    Lessons from ­nanotechnology can help synthetic biology mature.

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  • Biology's Master Programmers

    For more than a decade, synthetic biologists have promised to revolutionize the way we produce fuels, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. It turns out, however, that programming new life forms is not so easy. Now some of these same scientists are turning back to nature for inspiration.

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  • Max Levchin

    The PayPal cofounder wants to see more startups trying for bigger things.

    8 comments

  • The Great German Energy Experiment

    Germany has decided to pursue ambitious greenhouse-gas reductions—while closing down its nuclear plants. Can a heavily industrialized country power its economy with wind turbines and solar panels?

    497 comments

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