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The Machine That Would Predict the Future

If you dropped all the world's data into a black box, could it become a crystal ball that would let you see the future—even test what would happen if you chose A over B? One researcher thinks so, and he could soon get a billion euros to build it

November 15, 2011 — David Weinberger

World-Changing Ideas

10 new technologies that will make a difference

November 15, 2011 — THE EDITORS, Elizabeth Svoboda, Christopher Mims, Francie Diep, Morgen Peck and Sarah Fecht

The Drone Threat to Privacy

In a world in which nearly anyone can purchase a device capable of photographing locations behind walls, gates and fences, will anyone be able to keep a secret?

November 14, 2011 — John Villasenor