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Power, ethics, and the limits of what’s possible.
Not even our imagination will manage to keep up with technology’s pace.
Martha called his name again, “Ash!” But he wasn’t listening, as always. His eyes fixed on the screen while he uploaded a smiley picture of a younger self. Martha joined him in the living room and pointed to…
It’ll take more than a rebrand to fix the company
Didn’t you hear? Facebook is more than a social media company; it’s a Metaverse company. If you’re confused by the term, join the club.
The metaverse is best described as a virtual-reality space where users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users, but how others will interpret this…
TRUTH Social’s Terms of Service want you to sign away your rights to trash-talk and sue
I don’t care about Former President Donald J. Trump’s new social media platform TRUTH Social. It’s built on a false premise: that you can build a social media network and people will come.
Some will, especially like-minded Trump fans, but most will not, meaning TRUTH Social won’t be any more…
Software Freedom Conservancy realizes the dream of ‘Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement’
When the free software movement started to make headway, proprietary software companies like Microsoft went to war against it, describing the licenses at its core (like the GPL) as “viral licenses” to scare companies off from using free software.
The GPL is a software license that coders add to their…
Sometimes, it feels like there’s no ceiling to Apple’s pricing.
Would you pay $5,000 for a laptop? Apple is betting that some of us will. The company unveiled its new MacBook Pros on Monday, and the starting price is a whopping $1,999. With some customization, you can easily work your way up to double that number — or even more
Will algorithms ever become artists?
How do we look at art? What are our expectations around it?
Perhaps we think that a work of art was made to express a set of emotions or as a subjective response to a situation?
If so, are you willing to look at a painting made by a computer…
Kids are being pimped out for views on YouTube.
In an ideal world, I’d be writing about all the reasons things are going to be fine, how the sun will come out tomorrow, how it’s going to be all music and rainbows from here on in.
It’s not happening.
YouTube Kids is not only bizarre, it’s often chaotic, pointless…
Does a new technology pose serious dangers — or are we just overreacting? Philosopher Evan Selinger has some ideas on how to tell the two apart.
When people worry about the impact of a new technology, often they worry it’ll set us on a path to ruin.
Sometimes they’re freaking out for no good reason. New technologies — particularly ones that affect communication, or give young people new abilities — unsettle people all the time, but…
Graphene, microsensors, supercapacitors, and other innovations promise to weave tech into the fabric of our lives
Atomic and molecular configurations come in a near-infinite number of possible combinations, but the specific combinations found in any material determine its properties. Graphene, which is an individual, single-atom sheet of the material shown here, is the hardest material known to humanity, but with even more fascinating properties that will revolutionize electronics later this century. (Credit: Max Pixel)
Almost everything we encounter in our modern world relies, in some way, on electronics. Ever since we first discovered how to harness the power of electricity to generate mechanical work, we’ve generated devices large and small to technologically improve our lives. From electric lighting to telephones to computers and much…
Why a book about cyborgs sparked an existential crisis
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