There's no doubt about it -- 2011 was a huge year for technology. The months were filled with stories about technology influencing everything from how we interact online to world-changing political shifts. There were so many important events that we couldn't limit ourselves to just 10.
If you look back at 2011, you'll see some interesting narratives unfold throughout the year. There are stories about the concept of privacy versus communication. Other stories lay out the debate between protecting intellectual property and promoting freedom and innovation. And there's no shortage of tales involving corporate shenanigans and games of executive musical chairs as we saw several high-ranking technology bigwigs get the boot from various companies.
Our first story will make any fan of post-apocalypse stories scream in glee while they scramble for all the oil, food and water they can grab. It's all about the rise of artificial intelligence. Just make sure you form any responses to the story in the form of a question.