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Google Is Already Late to China’s AI Revolution

Sitting on a stage in Wuzhen, China, a historic city up the river from Shanghai, Google chairman Eric Schmidt described what he called “the age of intelligence.” But he wasn’t talking about human intelligence. He meant machine intelligence. He trumpeted … Continue reading

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Diversity in Open Source Is Even Worse Than in Tech Overall

Today’s world runs on open source software. The web, smartphones, the Amazon Echo, your car—everything high-tech depends on open source these days. Where free, collaborative software projects were once the flags flown by indie developers bucking corporate computing, today even … Continue reading

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Even Without Paris, Business Will Leave Trump Behind on Climate Change

President Trump has followed through on his campaign promise to retreat from the Paris Agreement. Now, the United States has joined Nicaragua and Syria as one of only three countries in the world to stand apart from the historic global … Continue reading

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We Asked Lawyers to Vet Trump’s Most Controversial Tweets

Just past midnight on Wednesday morning, the man who gave us the word “bigly” added yet another term to the American lexicon: “covfefe.” The president’s since-deleted late-night tweet, which read, cryptically, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” launched a thousand … Continue reading

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Pied Piper’s New Internet Isn’t Just Possible—It’s Almost Here

On HBO’s Silicon Valley, startups promise to “change the world” by tackling silly, often non-existent problems. But this season, the show’s characters are tackling a project that really could. In their latest pivot, Richard Hendricks and the Pied Piper gang … Continue reading

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Who Will Pay for the Future if Not the Robots?

Robots are taking over the world’s workforce—and why shouldn’t they? For so many jobs, machines are faster, more consistent, smarter, and cheaper than you or I will ever be. As advances in artificial intelligence accelerate, robots will spread into all … Continue reading

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The Community Zuck Longs to Build Remains a Distant Dream

On February 16, Mark Zuckerberg published “Building Global Community,” a 6,000-word open letter directly addressed to Facebook’s users. “To our community,” Zuckerberg begins. “On our journey to connect the world, we often discuss products we’re building and updates on our business. Today … Continue reading

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The GIF Turns 30: How an Ancient Format Changed the Internet

The web’s favorite file format just turned 30. Yep, it turns out the GIF is a millennial, too. At the same time, 30 makes the GIF ancient in web years, which feels a bit weird, given that the proliferation of … Continue reading

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Meet the Nerds Coding Their Way Through the Afghanistan War

A disembodied voice sounded over a loudspeaker. “Incoming. Take cover,” it warned to anyone within earshot. Then, the sirens began to wail. Erin Delaney assumed it was a drill. She peeked down the hallway to see how other people were … Continue reading

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Bitcoin Has Come Roaring Back—But So Have the Risks

The bitcoin boom is back. This week, the digital currency leapt to record heights, peaking at nearly $2,800 before tumbling back down to around $2,400—by far the most dramatic run in its history. While bitcoin didn’t maintain its record price … Continue reading

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