Computer pioneer Alan Turing came up with a test to determine artificial intelligence: If a human has a conversation with a computer and can't distinguish it from a person, then perhaps that's enough to conclude that the computer is intelligent.
The full reach of a fantasy franchise isn't measured in DVDs sold or tie-in freebies distributed with fast-food meals. A series' success is a collaboration between the ingenuity of the creators and engagement of the fans.
Edward Snowden, a geeky whistleblower who worked for an NSA contractor, presented evidence of the agency's massive surveillance programs that history will likely remember as the defining scandal of President Barack Obama's second term.
Our investigation has revealed systemic problems with record keeping and oversight, including the Sheriff’s Department’s failure to report one in 10 deaths to the California Department of Justice as required by state law.
I suppose I should begin with a spoiler alert. If you haven't seen the finale of Doctor Who, well, then you're going to be just as frustrated as I was when I received the following text message a couple of weekends ago.
I liken Google Glass to Nintendo's "Virtual Boy," which was rolled out in 1995. We were promised the first 3-D, virtual-reality game system, but when I visited Blockbuster Video to try out a pair, I was unimpressed.
I love public records laws like a firefighter loves his ax. I love the heft of the federal Freedom of Information Act (or the California Public Records Act) when I slam it into the door of the establishment. And I love it when it gets sharpened.