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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.

    22 comments

  • Turing's Enduring Importance

    The path computing has taken wasn’t inevitable. Even today’s machines rely on a seminal insight from the scientist who cracked Nazi Germany’s codes.

    37 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.

    18 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.

    58 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

  • 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

  • The History Inside Us

    Improvements in DNA analysis are helping us rewrite the past and better grasp what it means to be human.

    2 comments

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