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  • Molecular Computing

    Imagine computers orders of magnitude more powerful and far cheaper than today’s machines. That’s one promise of a field that uses individual molecules as microscopic switches.

  • Why Software Is So Bad

    For years we’ve tolerated buggy, bloated, badly organized computer programs. But soon, we’ll innovate, litigate and regulate them into reliability.

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  • The Measured Life

    Do you know how much REM sleep you got last night? New types of devices that monitor activity, sleep, diet, and even mood could make us healthier and more productive.

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  • The Knowledge

    Biotechnology’s advance could give malefactors the ability to manipulate life processes – and even affect human behavior.

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  • The Library of Utopia

    Google’s ambitious book-scanning program is foundering in the courts. Now a Harvard-led group is launching its own sweeping effort to put our literary heritage online. Will the Ivy League succeed where Silicon Valley failed?

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  • Enlightened Spaces

    For almost half a century, James Turrell has been working with light in a way that merges art and technology.

  • The Difference Between Makers and Manufacturers

    Fans of 3-D printers and digital design tools argue that these technologies will transform the way we make goods. But can the “maker” movement really produce more than iPhone covers and jewelry?

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