CNET 20 Years
Welcome to two decades of tomorrow
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Welcome to two decades of tomorrow

The past 20 years mark the most rapid technological changes in human history.

The power of ideas
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The power of ideas

Advances in privacy, safety and protection are great -- but stay vigilant, lest we lose the spirit of openness and sharing that has infused the Internet.

From steam engines to the speed of thought
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From steam engines to the speed of thought

It won't be long before we wonder how the world got along without solar and bio-based power, technology-enhanced vision and driverless electric cars.

Hey kids, let’s film a video!
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Hey kids, let’s film a video!

Want to write, direct and star in your own video? With the Internet, the only question is: What's stopping you?

Don't get comfortable. Everything changes
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Don't get comfortable. Everything changes

Silicon Valley has made a habit of bringing seemingly impossible ideas to life. That's why it continues to draw so many innovators.

Doing well by doing good
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Doing well by doing good

It isn't always easy for tech companies to balance social impact and making a profit. A number of companies have succeeded well on both counts.

Getting to the future first
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Getting to the future first

Wireless technologies have revolutionized how we talk with each other and to our gadgets. And it's just getting started.

The triumph of the human ear
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The triumph of the human ear

Great artists deserve your attention. Technology can help.

Being human in the digital age
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Being human in the digital age

Silicon Valley is building a world of things digital and human -- and that world needs as many voices, faces and perspectives as we can find.

How a procrastinator launched an industry
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How a procrastinator launched an industry

You can thank Web designers for embracing Photoshop, software that lets anyone turn an OK photograph into something more.

The vanishing of technology
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The vanishing of technology

Technology is bringing people closer than ever before. Embrace the change.

Music in the digital age: The good, the bad and the ugly
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Music in the digital age: The good, the bad and the ugly

Technology is changing the music industry. For musicians, it's a thin line between love and hate.

Building a securely connected world
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Building a securely connected world

Embracing open, cross-platform tech is how we’re preparing for a world where everything is a little smarter.

Beauty is in the hand of the creator
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Beauty is in the hand of the creator

No one can tell you what beauty is. You have to create it for yourself.

On the importance of 'regulatory humility'
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On the importance of 'regulatory humility'

Beware of over-regulation. There are always unintended consequences.

Crowdfunding: Making big ideas a reality
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Crowdfunding: Making big ideas a reality

History is littered with great ideas that died because they had no funding. Digital payments and online communities are now seeding a surge of innovation.

Tech puts the 'special' in special effects
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Tech puts the 'special' in special effects

Advances in technology have helped animators, visual effects artists and filmmakers bring revolutionary characters and worlds to the big screen.

 
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Advances in technology have helped animators, visual effects artists and filmmakers bring revolutionary characters and worlds to the big screen.

Transcending Moore's Law
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Transcending Moore's Law

Technology's advances can sometimes leave us breathless. Get used to it. We’re always going to feel that way.

We've come a long way, baby
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We've come a long way, baby

The Internet has become a place where short films can spark global conversations.

From there to here in pictures
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From there to here in pictures

Professional photographers originally dismissed digital as inferior quality. Now, you’d have to pry digital cameras from their cold, dead hands.

Leveling up
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Leveling up

New technologies, including virtual reality, promise to take video games to a whole new level of play -- for gamers of all ages.

The mobile revolution is just getting started
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The mobile revolution is just getting started

The Internet is creeping into any and every thing, changing how we interact with the world -- and it with us.

Simple solutions can solve the biggest problems
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Simple solutions can solve the biggest problems

We’ve entered an age when people’s needs can be fulfilled with a tap on a smartphone. The world will never be the same.

Second verse, same as the first
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Second verse, same as the first

The names are different, but revisiting a column from 1995 shows how little some things have changed for the companies that dominate the tech industry.

Partnering to drive innovation
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Partnering to drive innovation

The next big leaps in technology are going to come from innovations in how we partner, collaborate and share ideas.

Bringing gamers together online
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Bringing gamers together online

From local cables to worldwide online, the desire to play together has transformed videogames and spawned an e-sport revolution that has only just begun.