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how your smartphone is eliminating the checkout line
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how your smartphone is eliminating the checkout line

Some Canadians are trying to save cashier jobs. But their phones and cheap, proven technology is poised to eliminate having to check out altogether.

how the gig economy ate the post-industrial world and how to escape its clutches
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how the gig economy ate the post-industrial world and how to escape its clutches

We should take the gig economy’s rapid growth and global impact as a warning that we need to make some major changes, and we need to make them very quickly.

we can make online voting safe and secure. but why should we?
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we can make online voting safe and secure. but why should we?

Voting online would be easy and convenient for millions of voters. But won’t solve big problems and we already have an almost equally convenient way to cast your ballot.

dissecting the one supercomputer to rule them all
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dissecting the one supercomputer to rule them all

Imagine a computer the size of a solar system, powered by a star and built for speed. It sounds impressive, but it may not be as good of an idea as it may seem.

is time running out for today’s fighter jets?
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is time running out for today’s fighter jets?

American fighter jets aren’t as combat ready as the military wants them to be. But the biggest challenge to meeting readiness goals aren’t older airframes. Some of the newest and most capable fighters are looking a little iffy...

henry kissinger’s misplaced warnings about artificial intelligence
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henry kissinger’s misplaced warnings about artificial intelligence

Kissinger’s concerns about machines displacing human curiosity and turning our brains into useless, gray jelly unsuccessfully mine the same territory as many other technophobes with roughly the same results.

they came, they saw, they hacked: why the pentagon isn’t ready for cyberwarfare
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they came, they saw, they hacked: why the pentagon isn’t ready for cyberwarfare

A new report by a congressional watchdog finds that a stunning number of weapon and military communication systems are easy targets for tech-savvy adversaries.

how to telepathically finish each other’s… sandwiches?
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how to telepathically finish each other’s… sandwiches?

An experiment to enable humans to exchange thoughts is very underwhelming when you look at the details. But that’s only because it barely scratched the surface of what’s possible...

how old macdonald’s farm might just get automated
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how old macdonald’s farm might just get automated

Robots are now making their way to one of the oldest and most important human occupations: farming. And further automation of agriculture will have serious consequences.

how cryptocurrencies are trying to perform an act of economic necromancy
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how cryptocurrencies are trying to perform an act of economic necromancy

Cryptocurrency advocates are trying to change the world with a paradox of new technology and an idea we've outgrown after thousands of years.

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