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A Star in a Bottle

Years from now—maybe in a decade, maybe sooner—if all goes according to plan, the most complex machine ever built will be switched on in an Alpine forest in the South of France. The machine, called…
PUBLISHED: March 3, 2014
LENGTH: 59 minutes (14966 words)

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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

“It depends on what you mean by artificial intelligence.” Douglas Hofstadter is in a grocery store in Bloomington, Indiana, picking out salad ingredients. “If somebody meant by artificial…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 23, 2013
LENGTH: 29 minutes (7465 words)

The Secrets of Bezos: How Amazon Became the Everything Store Behind this week’s cover rivals Wal-Mart as a store, Apple…
AUTHOR:Brad Stone
PUBLISHED: Oct. 10, 2013
LENGTH: 29 minutes (7303 words)

D.C. Lessons from caustic Senate wunderkind Ted Bruz. First rule: Block all legislation, blue or red

It's hard for Ted Cruz to be humble. Part of the challenge stems from his résumé, which the Texas senator wears like a sandwich board. There's the Princeton class ring that's…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 23, 2013
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4549 words)

Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results

I had a teacher once who called his students "idiots" when they screwed up. He was our orchestra conductor, a fierce Ukrainian immigrant named Jerry Kupchynsky, and when someone played out of tune,…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 27, 2013
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2109 words)

How LucasArts Fell Apart

In June of 2011, then-LucasArts president Paul Meegan spoke publicly about his plans for turning the company around. “In recent years, LucasArts hasn’t always done a good job of making games,” he…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 27, 2013
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4793 words)

The Shadow Commander

Last February, some of Iran’s most influential leaders gathered at the Amir al-Momenin Mosque, in northeast Tehran, inside a gated community reserved for officers of the Revolutionary Guard. They had…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 30, 2013
LENGTH: 41 minutes (10333 words)

Is College Worth It?

Each dot represents a different college. You can search for a college by name or hover over a dot for more information. Data source: Payscale.America’s colleges and universities are enduring a…
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3643 words)