Scientific Journals Are Denouncing Trump. That’s Normal
by Alex Csiszar on October 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm
The notion that a split between science and politics must exist is largely a fiction—and one of relatively recent vintage.
It's Time to Pick Classes for the 2073-74 School Year!
by Paul Ford on October 20, 2020 at 10:00 am
Welcome back! Among the many courses offered this semester, students may elect to study essential climate-mitigation skills like underwater basket weaving.
My Roomba Has Achieved Enlightenment
by Virginia Heffernan on October 20, 2020 at 10:00 am
To my robovac, hitting a doorjamb and cleaning with dispatch are one and the same. There is no success or failure—these concepts have merged.
What AI College Exam Proctors Are Really Teaching Our Kids
by Clive Thompson on October 20, 2020 at 10:00 am
Universities are digitally spying on students to make sure they don’t cheat on online tests. A whole generation could be learning to tolerate […]
The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation
by Whitney Phillips on October 19, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Here’s how to prepare yourself for the disaster online.
The iPhone 12 Is a Smartphone Made for Our Terrible Times
by Vijith Assar on October 16, 2020 at 5:47 pm
The features get a little hotter every year! It's a self-perpetuating cycle that can't ever be reversed.
What Digital Doping Means for Esports—and Everything Else
by Amy Webb on October 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm
If an elite cyclist can use performance-enhancing algorithms to cheat at a virtual race, who's to say a doctor couldn't cheat on a remote exam?
Was the ‘Surprised Pikachu’ Meme a Stealth Marketing Campaign?
by Gareth Morinan on October 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm
A data detective makes a surprising discovery.
The Tech That's Championing the Public Good
by Nicholas Thompson, Ash Carter on October 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm
While some technologies are tearing us apart, the Tech Spotlight finalists, selected from over 200 submissions worldwide, are helping shape a better future.
To Mend a Broken Internet, Create Online Parks
by Eli Pariser on October 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm
We need public spaces, built in the spirit of Walt Whitman, that allow us to gather, communicate, and share in something bigger than ourselves.
A Plan to Fix the US Bike Shortage
by Garphil Julien on October 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Demand for bikes has soared in the pandemic. To spur production, the US should adopt the industrial policies from the Asian countries it relies on.
Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare
by Walid Gellad on October 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm
If the drug is authorized, who will be eligible for the treatment? Where will it be administered? How much will it cost?
How We Came to Live in a Split-Screen Reality
by Laurence Scott on October 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm
The more of them we encounter, the more we begin to interpret the world according to their logic.
Put Trump's Tweets on a Time Delay
by Mike Ananny, Daniel Kreiss on October 9, 2020 at 7:50 pm
Twitter has announced new changes to combat misinformation. It should go further by checking and flagging the president's tweets—before they wreak havoc.
‘He Didn’t Want Any Covid-Related Studies’
by Adam Federman on October 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Federal scientists want to study how the virus interacts with wildlife—but they say a Trump appointee is stopping them.
A Political Ad Ban Won’t Fix Facebook’s Election Problem
by Evan Greer on October 9, 2020 at 11:00 am
A performative post-election ban won’t solve anything. But cutting off the platform’s data-driven rage machine will.
Let’s Get Real About the President’s Antibody Treatment
by Hilda Bastian on October 8, 2020 at 9:03 pm
Regeneron’s new Covid drug looks good in early trials, and Trump has called it a miracle. That doesn't mean it’s going to work.
Your Food Isn’t ‘Natural’ and It Never Will Be
by Benjamin R. Cohen on October 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm
In all eras, we’ve tried—and mostly failed—to police the boundary between acceptable and unacceptable.
The Right Way to Cover Hacks and Leaks Before the Election
by Garrett M. Graff on October 7, 2020 at 6:02 pm
The media knows it screwed up in 2016 with John Podesta. Here’s how it should do better in the final weeks of the 2020 race.
The GOP's Cries of 'Censorship' Are Hurting Democracy
by Justin Sherman on October 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm
From Donald Trump to Lindsey Graham, Republican leaders' attacks on online content moderation are baseless—and authoritarian.