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no, computers can’t be trusted with math’s future
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no, computers can’t be trusted with math’s future

A widely covered article about math confuses readers by equating volume of proof and code with quality of proof and code to imply that computers will take over math as a discipline.

learning your abc’s and int/void mains?
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learning your abc’s and int/void mains?

Coding is a useful skill, but some Silicon Valley luminaries are tackling their mission to teach kids how to write apps with a little too much zeal and overly rosy stats.

the awfully lazy wonders of the nerd rapture
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the awfully lazy wonders of the nerd rapture

A new Singularitarians' approach to space exploration: why bother going to space when we could simulate anything we want after the Singularity?

an election day tech conspiracy theory tries to rise
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an election day tech conspiracy theory tries to rise

A group of Republicans is trying to advance a conspiracy theory that Romney's campaign tool to detect voter fraud was sabotaged from the inside.

in defense of sprawling, wasteful data centers
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in defense of sprawling, wasteful data centers

Data centers are getting a bum rap, but behind the scenes, they're working hard on trying to keep the internet more reliable and their power usage more efficient.

so just how intelligent can we make our space probes, revisited
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so just how intelligent can we make our space probes, revisited

One of the biggest limitations on the computing power of our spacecraft is shielding them from radiation.

why your antivirus app can’t always save you
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why your antivirus app can’t always save you

Just because you have antivirus doesn't mean your computer is now invulnerable. Far from it in fact.

to code or not to code? that is the question…
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to code or not to code? that is the question…

The flip side of technophobia and lamentations about the dehumanizing effect of gadgets? Trying to force everyone to code and insisting it's a vital skill, like literacy.

measuring our brains with the wrong ruler
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measuring our brains with the wrong ruler

North Korea's computer-based insult towards South Korea's head of state was supposed to be meaningless but offensive nonsense. Too bad pop sci writers took the bait and tried to explain it anyway.

how a nice idea would quickly fail in practice
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how a nice idea would quickly fail in practice

A moral test for new technology is a fine idea. But if its implementation is too strict, it might leave us without any real innovations at all.

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