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  • Windows 8: Design over Usability

    Windows 8 gets a lot right, but Microsoft’s determination to offer computer and mobile users the same interface makes the operating system somewhat weird.

    68 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.

    57 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

  • 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

  • King Natural Gas

    Will cheap natural gas give us an opportunity to reduce ­emissions while inventing new technologies? Or will we simply become addicted to another fossil fuel?

    189 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

  • Cryptocurrency

    The bitcoin, a virtual medium of exchange, could be a real alternative to government-issued money—but only if it survives hoarding by speculators.

    35 comments

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