Why a Hedge Fund Started a Video Game Competition
The chief technology officer of one of the world’s largest hedge funds talks data.
How Designers Engineer Luck Into Video Games
The responsibilities and challenges of programmed luck.
Why Did Obama Just Honor Bug-free Software?
The Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, is usually associated with famous awardees—people like Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Hawking, and Sandra Day O’Connor. So as a computer scientist, I was thrilled to see one of this year’s awards go to a lesser-known pioneer: one Margaret Hamilton. You might call Hamilton the founding mother of […]
How Autism Shaped the Modern Conversation
On Facebook, iPhone messenger, and What’s App, conversation is often silent and devoid of body language. Emotions are condensed to icons on a screen: a happy face, a wink, or a kiss blown to a loved one through LTE and pixels. These emoticons (a portmanteau of “emotion” and “icon”) and emojis (everything else from crocodiles […]
How the Computer Got Its Revenge on the Soviet Union
Condemned as a capitalist tool, the computer would help expose the USSR’s weakness.
Moore’s Law Is About to Get Weird
Never mind tablet computers. Wait till you see bubbles and slime mold.
Meet the Father of Digital Life
This maverick forerunner of artificial life and animation remains largely unknown.
Facebook Cools Off
Supercomputer centers slash excess electricity as smaller ones try to follow.