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.”
A lawyer is barred from buying a plane ticket because a court found his apology ‘insincere.’
The Future of Life Institute channels ‘Black Mirror’ in its short film warning about the danger of autonomous killer robots.
I found that if I was on LSD and my opponent wasn’t, I won more games.
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.
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.
Forget automation. The workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it.
SimCity is less template for urban planning than a way of seeing reality through a capitalist lens
"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."
The smart city is moving beyond cameras and microphones to stranger surveillance tools.
An emerging field, digital phenotyping, tries to assess people’s well-being based on their interactions with digital devices.
Ned Beauman on Conspiracy Novels in the Age of Fake News
Facial-recognition technologies are proliferating, from airports to bathrooms.
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.
Three days with Naomi Wu, the face of China's cyberpunk city.
Under Vladmir Putin, gangsterism on the streets has given way to kleptocracy in the state.
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.”
If you’re looking for an escape, this definitely isn’t it.
Dreams inhabit a strange zone between the nonsensical and meaningful. What can the gorgeous indie game "Dream Machine" teach us about sleep and ourselves?
Even in a high-tech era, fears about minority political agency are the most reliable way to destabilize the U.S. political system.
Milan is painted in incredible colors, the illuminated buildings and the bright signs color the whole city.
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.
From China’s “leftover women” to Israel’s “baby machines,” society still dictates female lives.
Will Storr on the Neuroscience Behind the World We See
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.
New models about the nearest exoplanet known as Proxima B that suggest it could have an interesting ocean on its surface.