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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.

    13 comments

  • Enlightened Spaces

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

  • Glass, Darkly

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

    50 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.

    7 comments

  • Marginally Useful

    Bitcoin itself may fail as a currency, but the underlying technology is beginning to suggest valuable new applications.

    27 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.

    16 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

  • 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

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