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July 2, 2014

It makes some sense that young people might work less than their older counterparts. They are figuring out their lives, going in and out of school and making more short-term plans.

July 1, 2014

Three computer scientists, Chenhao Tan, Lillian Lee and Bo Pang, have built an algorithm that also makes these guesses, as described in a recent paper, and the results are impressive.

July 1, 2014

Travelers at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany don’t even have to park their cars anymore. Last week the airport begin a using self-driving robot that resembles a forklift to deliver some cars to and from an appropriate parking space.

June 30, 2014

While start-ups like Uber are frequently seen as the enemy of traditional independent merchants, some new tech companies see big opportunity in serving local stores.

June 28, 2014

A law professor argues that a new federal agency is needed to keep pace with technological change.

June 26, 2014

For the past few centuries, the Western world has witnessed a contest of historic visions.

June 25, 2014

Insurance company backers of a bill to tighten requirements for ridesharing companies are taking nothing for granted in a battle with such high-tech companies as Uber and Lyft.

June 25, 2014

Cutting edge data-driven analysis directs Los Angeles patrol officers to likely future crime scenes – but critics worry that decision-making by machine will bring 'tyranny of the algorithm.'

June 24, 2014

In recent years, students have been paying more to attend college and earning less upon graduation—trends that have led many observers to question whether a college education remains a good investment.

June 24, 2014

Google gets all the love when it comes to self-driving cars, and all the biggest automakers are well on the way to selling us autonomous vehicles. But a startup run by a bunch of MIT grads plans to make almost any car on the road autonomous, and do it a whole lot faster—and cheaper—than those guys.