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  • The Purpose of Silicon Valley

    Capital and engineering talent have been flocking to seemingly trivial mobile apps. But would we really be better off if more startups instead went directly after big problems?

    8 comments

  • Genome Surgery

    Precise and easy ways to rewrite human genes could finally provide the tools that researchers need to understand and cure some of our most deadly genetic diseases.

    4 comments

  • What Are MOOCs Good For?

    Online courses may not be changing colleges as their boosters claimed they would, but they can prove valuable in surprising ways.

    19 comments

  • In Praise of Efficient Price Gouging

    Uber’s most important innovation is the way it prices its services. But that innovation has not been unreservedly welcomed by customers. They’re wrong.

    30 comments

  • Glass, Darkly

    For its wearable computer to be accepted, Google must convince people that the device isn’t creepy.

    49 comments

  • So Far, Smart Watches Are Pretty Dumb

    Smart watches risk becoming just another irritating gadget unless their makers learn to use AI and sensors to take advantage of the fact that they’re worn all day.

    8 comments

  • 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?

    40 comments

  • Proceed with Caution toward the Self-Driving Car

    Completely autonomous vehicles will remain a fantasy for years. Until they’re here, we need technology that enhances human drivers’ abilities rather than making those abilities increasingly obsolete.

    54 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.

    11 comments

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