Distant BrainsMarch 2016
Future of Language: Scientists are experimenting with ways for people to communicate using only their minds. But at what cost?
Lauren Kirchner: Your Smart Home Knows a Lot About YouOctober 2015
A data scientist’s experiment reveals surprising information about interconnected smart devices
Ava Kofman: Will Virtual Reality Make Us Feel Better?September 2015
Empathy and immersion in virtual worlds.
Erica Berry: The Instafam’s TableSeptember 2015
A journey towards cold, hard, shiny food.
Robert Reich: The “iEverything” and the Redistributional ImperativeMarch 2015
New technologies aren’t just labor-replacing. They’re also knowledge-replacing.
Sisi Wei: Disappearing Voices and Supporting RussiaSeptember 2014
The Russian government’s efforts to silence critics is getting help from an unlikely source: a San Francisco-based blogging company.
Jay Walljasper: Squashing Municipal BroadbandJuly 2014
Why are state legislatures and congressional Republicans objecting to municipal broadband networks?
Astra Taylor: Open Systems and Glass CeilingsApril 2014
The disappearing woman and life on the internet.
Charles Ornstein: Ad Endorsing da Vinci Robot Violated U of Illinois PoliciesMarch 2014
When surgical team members endorsed the robot in an ad, controversy ensued.
Robert Reich: Inequality, Productivity, and WhatsAppFebruary 2014
What it means for Facebook to acquire a 55-person company for $19 billion.
Rebecca Solnit: Resisting MonocultureJanuary 2014
A response to Grist: It's not about the buses, or, why San Franciscans don't love Silicon Valley.
Tom Engelhardt: Mistaking Omniscience for OmnipotenceNovember 2013
In today's global surveillance state, American moles aren't spying for a foreign power, but for us.
Cora Currier: Drone Makers Gather to Defend Their Much-Maligned MachinesOctober 2013
A dispatch from the conference of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems.
Pratap Chatterjee: The Data HackersOctober 2013
When the FBI hires hackers and hacking tools, it’s because they don’t have any other choice.
Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood: Destroying the Right to Be Left AloneSeptember 2013
The NSA isn’t the only government agency exploiting technology to make privacy obsolete.
Thomas Larson: Writing Seen, Writing SpokenAugust 2013
E-readers, texting, book trailers, and Twitter are not only changing the possibilities for writing, but also what it means to be a writer.
Idra Novey and Andrew Zawacki: Courting InfluxesJuly 2013
A conversation between poets about writing place, time, technology, and transformation.
Lisa Germano: Apathy and the DevilMay 2013
The singer-songwriter talks with Dave Evans about her new label, the “protest album,” and her cats.
Lois Beckett: Voter Information WarsApril 2013
Will the GOP team up with Wal-Mart’s data specialist?
Re-imagining DissentMarch 2013
The Nation columnist and law professor on dissent, privatization, and the future of racial equity.
Emily Jacobi: Hacking for HaitiFebruary 2013
The co-founder of Digital Democracy on how activists can use technology to respond to problems—from natural disasters to violence against women.
Rachel Signer: Consider the TweetJanuary 2013
How should the writer respond to social media?
Pocket PoetsDecember 2012
The professor and critic turns to technology explosions past—think typewriters, gramophones, and radios—to map the modern intersections of information and art.
Clive Thompson: The Folding GameNovember 2012
The info-sharing of early arcade game enthusiasts mimicked the scientific method. Now, video games and collective intelligence could change the way we approach science, shared problems, and school.
The Limits of CommunicationOctober 2012
Political theorist Jodi Dean probes the contradictions and traps of nonstop information.
Lewis H. Lapham: Magic and the MachineJune 2012
The ascension of science in so many facets of our everyday lives has not sparked a revitalization of belief in the power of reason.
Nick Turse: A Drone-Eat-Drone WorldMay 2012
Drone technology has long been touted as the future of warfare, but should we believe the hype?