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  • 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.

    8 comments

  • 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.

    21 comments

  • Glass, Darkly

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

    57 comments

  • My Life, Logged

    If a device could capture every moment in life for your easy recall later, would you want it to? There are plenty of things I’d rather forget.

    3 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.

    15 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.

    33 comments

  • Imposing Security

    Computer programmers won’t stop making dangerous errors on their own. It’s time they adopted an idea that makes the physical world safer.

    12 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

  • A Better Breed of News App

    Mobile news curation uses human editors and good design to improve the experience of reading the news on smartphones.

    3 comments

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