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Vivek Wadhwa


The Rise of Big Data Brings Tremendous Possibilities and Frightening Perils

Vivek Wadhwa | April 19, 2014 | Technology
There is no doubt that data analytics will one day help to improve health care and crime detection, design better products, and improve traffic patterns and agricultural yields. My concern is about how we will one day use all the data we are gathering -- and the skeletons it will uncover.
Joan Feigenbaum

Is Data Hoarding Necessary for Lawful Surveillance?

Joan Feigenbaum | April 19, 2014 | Politics
One essential question has received little attention: Is amassing mountains of privacy-sensitive "metadata" technically necessary for effective, lawful electronic tracking and surveillance of legitimate targets? The answer is emphatically no.
Rebecca Abrahams


Facebook's 'Nearby Friends' Is a Really, Really Bad Idea

Rebecca Abrahams | April 19, 2014 | Technology
Facebook has introduced a new feature for its mobile users allowing them to share their location with friends. It is an "opt in" feature, meaning you don't have to sign up for it. On the surface, it seems to be a useful tool for people to use. But the new Facebook "feature" is pretty dangerous.
Stephen Hawking

Transcending Complacency on Superintelligent Machines

Stephen Hawking | April 19, 2014 | Science
As the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence debuts this weekend with Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman and clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction. But this would be a mistake, and potentially our worst mistake ever.
Gil Laroya


How the Touch Screen Became So Out of Touch

Gil Laroya | April 18, 2014 | Technology
The touch screen -- interface of the future or gimmicky marketing headache? When the first touch screen interfaces came out (at least in a big consumer kind of way) it was in smartphones. Sure there have been other instances of touch screen interfaces (ATM machines, TV remotes, etc.) but no...
Douglas Dechow


Intertwingled: The Work and Influence of Ted Nelson

Douglas Dechow | April 18, 2014 | Technology
Though he's personally disappointed in the way the World Wide Web has emerged and become integral to our relationship with knowledge, Nelson's influence on the many people who have shaped our digital world is immense.
Kevin M. Gallagher


Private Spies Deserve More Scrutiny

Kevin M. Gallagher | April 18, 2014 | Technology
Sure, the NSA, CIA and FBI deserve scrutiny, but we should devote our attention to the private sector also. Outsourcing has always been a convenient way to avoid accountability.
Lisa Parkin


Instagram for Business: Engaging Content Ideas

Lisa Parkin | April 18, 2014 | Business
Take a look at H&M. About 50,000 of their 2 million fans double-tapped this photo that announced a new line of crop tops.
Mona Shattell


How Video Games Can Improve Dialogue on Mental Illness

Mona Shattell | April 18, 2014 | Healthy Living
While there are strong arguments for the games' unique potential as vehicles for a deep, experiential understanding, it is our experience that these kinds of mental health games tend to polarize.
John Hanacek

Beyond Network Feudalism

John Hanacek | April 18, 2014 | Technology
The Internet that appears distributed is fundamentally centralized. Right now there are key players that sit atop the largest networks reaping all the financial rewards.


WATCH: Does Penis Size Matter? Here's One Answer From The Animal Kingdom

TEDTalks | April 18, 2014 | TED Weekends
From a sea creature's detachable, swimming penis to violent bedbug sex, this is a tour of the animal kingdom as you've never seen it before. What can we learn about a species from how it has sex? Let's get it on
Morgan Reed


The Trust Gap: Heartbleed, Virus Shield, and the Growing Challenge for Android App Developers

Morgan Reed | April 18, 2014 | Technology
For developers to succeed in the long term, Google must take action to clean up the Google Play store. Changes may slow down the app approval process, but most developers would welcome it if it also created an environment where consumers were more comfortable paying for apps.
Larry Magid


Google Glass: I Have Better Things to Do With $1,500

Larry Magid | April 17, 2014 | Technology
My biggest concern about Glass is that I'm not convinced it's the best form of wearable technology. I like the idea of having the Internet accessible all the time, but I'm not so sure I want to be wearing a monitor on my forehead.
Ravi Parikh

How to Lie With Data Visualization

Ravi Parikh | April 17, 2014 | Technology
Data visualization is one of the most important tools we have to analyze data. But it's just as easy to mislead as it is to educate using charts and graphs. Let's see how this works in practice.
Mudit Kakkar

Why the Future Belongs to Google -- Part II

Mudit Kakkar | April 17, 2014 | Technology
At the moment, Google is hard at work to make our lives easier, more connected and rather enjoyable. This has always been a company with a proclivity towards the human touch to keep its customers smiling.
Ondi Timoner

Disruption of Privacy: Ladar Levison and Lavabit

Ondi Timoner | April 18, 2014 | Technology
If you haven't heard of Lavabit or Levison, then you've certainly heard of Lavabit's most famous user -- Edward Snowden. America's notorious whistleblower used Lavabit to invite reporters to Moscow, which caught the attention of the Feds.
Kim Garst


Twitter Pegs the 'Awesome Meter' -- Site Changes You'll Love and What They Mean

Kim Garst | April 17, 2014 | Technology
These changes will affect not only the aesthetics of the platform, which make it look strangely Facebook-esque, but will also offer some pretty cool added functionalities.
Ivo Lukas


TDK: Built to Record Every Lifestyle

Ivo Lukas | April 17, 2014 | Technology
I recently sat down to chat with TDK Corp executive director, Toshihide ("Toshi") Hokari about the evolution of this blast from the past company. TDK Corp started in Japan as TDK Electronics in 1935 as a manufacturer of cassette tapes and later videotapes, CD-R's, and an extensive collection of recording...
Daniel Goleman


Can Apps Gauge Emotional Intelligence? Maybe

Daniel Goleman | April 17, 2014 | Business
Some claim the new phone app MEIT (mobile emotional intelligence test), which shows photos of people's faces and asks you to identify a person's emotions, can tell how emotionally intelligent you are. Maybe, but I'm dubious.
Tori Molnar


How to: Make Money Under 20 (App Edition)

Tori Molnar | April 17, 2014 | Teen
In case you're thinking, "I'm in high school, I could never do that," what if I told you that you were wrong, and that you can build an app?
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