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  • The Limits of Social Engineering

    Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. But the models may hide rather than reveal the deepest sources of social ills.

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  • Repairing
    Bad
    Memories

    A scientist who has anguished over terrors in her family’s history explores how people might erase the trauma from memories.

    42 comments

  • Surveillance Nation

    Webcams, tracking devices, and interlinked databases are leading to the elimination of unmonitored public space. Are we prepared for the consequences of the intelligence-gathering network we’re unintentionally building?

  • Turing's Enduring Importance

    The path computing has taken wasn’t inevitable. Even today’s machines rely on a seminal insight from the scientist who cracked Nazi Germany’s codes.

    37 comments

  • An AI Pal That Is Better Than “Her”

    The charming automated assistant in Spike Jonze’s new movie isn’t realistic. But if they were designed thoughtfully, computerized interlocutors could make us better people.

    18 comments

  • Siluria Technologies

    If it can convert natural gas to transportation fuels and commodity chemicals, it could reduce our dependence on oil.

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  • Xiaomi

    This Chinese startup could outmaneuver big companies in the coming smartphone boom in developing countries.

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