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Dec 20, 2017
Roleplaying Jail in Iowa With America's Biggest Prison Fan

The night before I was set to turn myself in—either for robbing a pharmacy or committing serial tax fraud, I hadn’t decided yet—I sent Officer Mark Gudmundsen an email with a couple of last-minute questions. “You may bring a book,” he replied, “but I will look at it and decide if you can have it in your cell to read.”


Drones Rise of the Machines Nov 23, 2017
Watch ‘Slaughterbots,’ A Warning About the Future of Killer Bots

The Future of Life Institute channels ‘Black Mirror’ in its short film warning about the danger of autonomous killer robots.


AI Design Nov 20, 2017
The Next User You Design For Won’t Be A Human


AI Neural Implants Nov 16, 2017
Inside The Race To Hack The Human Brain


Game Nov 08, 2017
Steven Soderbergh's New App Will Change How You Watch Tv


Scifi Capitalism Oct 17, 2017
How Speculative Fiction Lost Its Ability To Imagine Alternatives To Capitalism…


China Police State Surveillance Oct 17, 2017
This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like


Visual Data Infographics Film Non-linear Narrative Oct 09, 2017
Non Linear Films Interactive Chart


Mind Hack Oct 06, 2017
Our Minds Can Be Hijacked': The Tech Insiders Who Fear A Smartphone Dystopia


Sci-Fi Sep 17, 2017
The Sci-Fi Roots of the Far Right—From ‘Lucifer’s Hammer’ to Newt’s Moon Base to Donald’s Wall


Sep 17, 2017
Did our hunter-gatherer ancestors have it better?


Aug 31, 2017
It Is Time To Consider Alternate Systems Of Governance


Twine Aug 22, 2017
Derelict,' An Interactive Horror Story


Aug 15, 2017
David Byrne Thinks Technology Is Making Us Less Human


Jul 05, 2017
Some Psychiatrists Think Cannabis Can Be Considered A Psychedelic Drug Like Shrooms


Jun 25, 2017
Just Wait: Watergate Didn’t Become Watergate Overnight, Either.


Jun 19, 2017
Amazon Eats Up Whole Foods as the New Masters of the Universe Plunder America


Jun 12, 2017
How the Dark Web’s Dread Pirate Roberts Went Down


Jun 12, 2017
The Long, Lonely Road of Chelsea Manning


Jun 08, 2017
Are We Living in a Giant Cosmic Void?


AI Robotics Manufacturing Jun 01, 2017
The Next Big Leap in Ai Could Come from Warehouse Robots


Jun 01, 2017
The Next Big Leap In Ai Could Come From Warehouse Robots


Biology Neuroscience May 23, 2017
Our brains predict events in fast-forward


Equality Power Structures May 23, 2017
Jared Kushner’s Other Real Estate Empire


May 23, 2017
Our Brains Predict Events In Fast-Forward


Evolution History May 19, 2017
A Grand New Theory of Life's Evolution on Earth


AI Google May 18, 2017
Google’s latest platform play is artificial intelligence, and it’s already winning


Privacy Ethics Power May 09, 2017
How Privacy Became a Commodity for the Rich and Powerful


AI LSD Science May 09, 2017
First-Ever LSD Microdosing Study Will Pit the Human Brain Against AI

I found that if I was on LSD and my opponent wasn’t, I won more games.


Consciousness AI Robotics May 04, 2017
Pre-Conscious Humans May Have Been Like the Borg


VR Music Video Apr 26, 2017
Macaulay Culkin Plays Kurt Cobain And Gets Crucified In This Trippy New Father John Misty Video


Crime Apr 26, 2017
This Jimmy John's Employee Stays Unnervingly Chill While Being Robbed At Gunpoint


Books Scifi Apr 25, 2017
A Brilliant, Incendiary Joan of Arc Story for a Ravaged Earth


Language History Apr 20, 2017
The Kekulé Problem - Where did language come from?


Data Apr 19, 2017
Alphabet seeks 10,000 volunteers — and their health data — for a massive medical study


Game Design Apr 07, 2017
What Made Psychonauts Special


AI Apr 01, 2017
Elon Musk’s Billion-dollar Crusade to Stop the A.i. Apocalypse


Future Mar 30, 2017
The Future Agency: Inside the Big Business of Imagining the Future


Biology Hacking Mar 27, 2017
Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer


Feb 17, 2017
Billionaires' bolthole: how New Zealand became an escapee's paradise


Transhumanism Feb 01, 2017
Welcome to the era of transhumanism


AI Robots Internet of Things Jan 27, 2017
With the Internet of Things, we’re building a world-size robot. How are we going to control it?


Robotics USA Politics Jan 25, 2017
How To Make America’s Robots Great Again


Jan 22, 2017
You May Not Like Technology But It Likes You


Jan 13, 2017
Vr Let Me Meet My Daughter Before She Was Born


Decoding the Brain Jan 12, 2017
National Geographic Breakthrough


Games Jan 01, 2017
Incremental Games


Internet Of Things Jan 01, 2017
With the Internet of Things, we’re building a world-size robot. How are we going to control it?


Dec 22, 2016
Video Games Are Changing The Hero


Dec 22, 2016
AI Is Getting So Advanced It Can Create Shockingly Good Music And Poetry


Dec 17, 2016
AI Winter Isn’t Coming


Dec 07, 2016
Brace Yourself: The Most Disruptive Phase Of Globalization Is Just Beginning


Nov 30, 2016
Yoshua Bengio Says Rise Of Ai Can Lead To Inequalities If Wealth Not Redistributed Fairly


Nov 29, 2016
These Apocalyptic Maps Show The Holes Income Inequality Has Left In Cities


Nov 29, 2016
The Privatized City Where Everything Is Tolled


Nov 29, 2016
We Can Now Turn Bugs Into Remote-controlled Cyborgs


Nov 05, 2016
Alarm grows as smart home technology and hacking risks proliferate


Nov 01, 2016
America: This Is Your Future


Oct 31, 2016
Three Psychedelic Visions Of The Future Of V.r. Gaming


2030 Distopian Future Oct 13, 2016
Pentagon Video Warns Of “unavoidable” Dystopian Future For World’s Biggest Cities


Space Colony Oct 12, 2016
Asgardia The First 'space Nation'


History Human Behaviour Cannibalism Oct 11, 2016
The People Who Ate Eachother


Simulation Theory Oct 11, 2016
Is Our World A Simulation? Why Some Scientists Say It's More Likely Than No


Neural Nets Self-Driving Cars Future Oct 10, 2016
Barack Obama, Neural Nets, Self-driving Cars, And The Future Of The World


Oct 01, 2016
Basically An Arg About A Crash Test Dummy That Wants To Kills Us In Real Life


City Biology Urbanism Aug 27, 2016
Holobiont Urbanism – City as a complex, adaptive, biological superstructure


Gaming Jun 13, 2016
Horizon: Zero Dawn


Evolution Future of Humanity Biology Oct 21, 2015
Humans In 1000 Years


Jan 22, 2015
The Ai Revolution: The Road To Superintelligence


Future Prediction Dec 18, 2017
The Pessimists Guide to 2018

The world is on edge. North Korea is threatening war. No one knows what Donald Trump will do next. And deeper forces of disruption are at work, from fake news to cryptocurrencies.


Dec 18, 2017
Silicon Valley Is Turning Into Its Own Worst Fear

We asked a group of writers to consider the forces that have shaped our lives in 2017. Here, science fiction writer Ted Chiang looks at capitalism, Silicon Valley, and its fear of superintelligent AI.


Aug 28, 2016
Future World 2030: Dr Michio Kaku's predictions


Feb 01, 2018
The Real Future of Work

Forget automation. The workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it.


Jan 01, 2018
Hacked Sex Robots Could Murder People, Security Expert Warns


Dec 17, 2017
Organic Computing


Jul 21, 2017
Demonetizing Everything: A Post Capitalism World


Feb 05, 2018
Model Citizens

SimCity is less template for urban planning than a way of seeing reality through a capitalist lens


Game Feb 07, 2018
You Should Play 'Monster Breeder' — The Best Thing On The Internet Right Now


Feb 09, 2018
This Exploration Of An Abandoned Building Feels Right Out Of A Video Game

"I entered what I thought was an abandoned building. As I entered the basement, I found a working server room. Was it deep-web servers? Was it some secret files? I don't know."


Feb 15, 2018
I Used a 'Human Uber' Surrogate to Do My Job for Me


Feb 23, 2018
The City That Remembers Everything

The smart city is moving beyond cameras and microphones to stranger surveillance tools.


Feb 27, 2018
The Sublime and Scary Future of Cameras With A.I. Brains


Feb 25, 2018
How Companies Scour Our Digital Lives for Clues to Our Health

An emerging field, digital phenotyping, tries to assess people’s well-being based on their interactions with digital devices.


Mar 08, 2018
It’s Time to Make Human-Chimp Hybrids


Mar 15, 2018
Is Conspiracy Fiction Too Dangerous?

Ned Beauman on Conspiracy Novels in the Age of Fake News


Surveillance Apr 01, 2018
China’s New Frontiers in Dystopian Tech

Facial-recognition technologies are proliferating, from airports to bathrooms.


Mar 22, 2018
Living on the Most Crowded Island on Earth

Two hours off the coast of Colombia is a small island home to over 1,200 people. As the entirety of Santa Cruz del Islote only spans the length of two soccer fields, residents live in close quarters, making the island four times as dense as the borough of Manhattan.


Technologist Mar 25, 2018
Shenzhen's Homegrown Cyborg

Three days with Naomi Wu, the face of China's cyberpunk city.


Mar 23, 2018
Gangster’s paradise: how organised crime took over Russia

Under Vladmir Putin, gangsterism on the streets has given way to kleptocracy in the state.


Mar 28, 2018
Elon Musk's Neuralink Sought to Open an Animal Testing Facility in San Francisco

Exactly one year ago, Elon Musk revealed that he’d co-founded a new startup, Neuralink, with the ambition of inventing a brain-computer interface or, as it was later called, a “wizard hat for the brain.”


Mar 29, 2018
Mars One Is a "Money Grab" Where Everyone Loses

If you’re looking for an escape, this definitely isn’t it.


Game Apr 15, 2018
What Do Your Dreams Reveal About Who You Are? An Analysis Of The Game 'Dream Machine'

Dreams inhabit a strange zone between the nonsensical and meaningful. What can the gorgeous indie game "Dream Machine" teach us about sleep and ourselves?


Apr 17, 2018
White Supremacy Is the Achilles Heel of American Democracy

Even in a high-tech era, fears about minority political agency are the most reliable way to destabilize the U.S. political system.


Cyber Punk Jun 22, 2018
The Beauty Of Milan At Night

Milan is painted in incredible colors, the illuminated buildings and the bright signs color the whole city.


Surveillance Jan 18, 2020
The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says.


Character Story Mar 12, 2020
What It’s Like to Be a Leftover Woman

From China’s “leftover women” to Israel’s “baby machines,” society still dictates female lives.


Consciousness Mar 11, 2020
How, Exactly, Do Our Brains Construct Reality?

Will Storr on the Neuroscience Behind the World We See


Simulation Jul 18, 2017
Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality

Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it.


Simulation Feb 12, 2020
NASA Simulates Proxima b Climate With Interesting Effects

New models about the nearest exoplanet known as Proxima B that suggest it could have an interesting ocean on its surface.