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Friday, September 30, 2011 18:09 PM

Artificial Sophomores Created in Lab

by Tim Moran What happens when two AI-based chatbots converse? Researchers Igor Labutov, Jason Yosinski, and Hod Lipson at the Cornell Creative Machines Lab decided to find out. Chatbots are machines ....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 17:09 PM

Building Babbage's Protocomputer

by Tim Moran Technologist and author John Graham-Cumming is a man with a singular mission: He is set on executing a working version of Charles Babbage's heretofore unbuilt Analytical Engine, arguably the ....

Thursday, September 22, 2011 17:09 PM

Cyborg Plants Won't Let You Kill Them

by Tim Moran Got any plants or flowers around your home or office that are dead or dying? We all do--at least I do. Forgot to water them. Not enough--or too much--sun. Miracle-Gro? What's that? If robot....

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 16:09 PM

Culturnomics 2.0: News For The Next Century

by Tim Moran Culturomics 2.0 is upon us, thanks to the power of supercomputing and the powerful brain of Kalev Leetaru, assistant director for Text and Digital Media Analytics at the Institute for Computin....

Monday, August 29, 2011 20:08 PM

Pondering the Dark Side of Technology

By Samuel Greengard In the 1982 sci-fi flick Tron, a hacker finds himself abducted into a computer and forced to participate in gladiatorial games. At the time, living inside a computer and rummaging arou....

Monday, August 15, 2011 15:08 PM

Service Economy Lacks Service

Samuel Greengard Self-service has morphed into no service. In the mid '90s, when the Web went commercial, it was a remarkable new channel for providing information and helping customers. Now it seems lik....

Wednesday, August 03, 2011 17:08 PM

One Million Robots Vs All-Too-Human Workers

by Tim Moran Foxconn, the Taiwanese technology mammoth that makes components and assembles products for the likes of Apple, Sony, and Nokia, says it will replace some of its workers with one million robot....

Monday, August 01, 2011 17:08 PM

Bitcoin of the Realm

Coin Of The Digital Realm by Tim Moran Like many people in these days of electronic commerce, you probably have your paycheck digitally deposited into your bank account every week, or two weeks, or whene....

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 18:07 PM

10,000 Years of Brian Eno

by Tim Moran Got a minute? I'd like to tell you a short story about a long clock. A group called The Long Now Foundation is currently helping build a 10,000 Year Clock somewhere inside a mountain in the ....

Monday, July 25, 2011 15:07 PM

E-Book Babel

Samuel Greengard The demise of Border's Books couldn't have been a shock to anyone following the chain's ongoing financial troubles -- or the bookselling business in general. Amazon says that more than h....

Friday, July 22, 2011 18:07 PM

Google Wipes Your Brain

Related: Nick Carr plumbs The Shallows, more here. By Tim Moran Sometimes it's the year a movie was released ("The Thing From Another World"), others it's the name of a one-hit wonder band (who did "Ange....

Monday, July 18, 2011 17:07 PM

Travel Site FAIL

by Samuel Greengard For nearly a month I've been trying to plan a vacation to South America for this autumn. And for the greater part of a month, I've found myself idling somewhere between frustrated and ....

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 17:07 PM

A New Low for Journalism--and Technology

By Eileen Feretic The ever-growing revelations involving the phone-hacking scandal of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World--which go back at least as far as 2005--are appalling on many levels. The misdeeds ....

Thursday, June 23, 2011 18:06 PM

Digital Eternity Feels Hellish

by Tim Moran Using the digital world to make yourself and your personal information "eternal" is an idea that crops up every now and then (as with Legacy Locker, which lets you store passwords and entrust....

Friday, June 10, 2011 18:06 PM

#Noemail Meets #LessFacebook

Paul Jones is done with email. The pioneering internet information specialist and UNC professor announced his decision in early May and made good on the pledge on June 1; he reports that his first week wi....