The precarious future of messaging apps.
What does it mean to experiment with technology that we know will kill people, even if it could save lives?
Have technological advances left many of us with jobs devoid of meaning? Are we bullshit?
Neko Case talks about collaboration, women warriors, women inventors, men with excellent falsettos, losing her home to a fire, and feeling lucky in ‘a great sea of loss.’
Is it possible to be queer, lefty, and a Latter-Day Saint? After leaving the church, Sarah Scoles sets out to understand liberal Mormons.
High-stakes time travel adventure from sci-fi writer Jo Lindsay Walton.
What happens to taste when machines become the tastemakers? Kyle Chayka meditates on style, algorithms, and our generic yet lullingly unobjectionable future.
The more work that journalists create for the internet, the more work is rendered obsolete.
For the men and women who use the Deep Space Network to talk to the heavens, failure is not an option.
The popular online tool is great at rapid decoding. Extracting meaning? Not so much.
Why a rare Pepe meme is now easier to authenticate than a Leonardo.
The cryptocurrency gold rush has made millionaires out of those obsessed with changing the world order.
She keeps watch over one of the largest databases of missing persons in the country. For Meaghan Good, the disappeared are still out here, you just have to know where to look.
Just like handwriting survived long after the introduction of print, paper is still very much part of our internet-era economy.
We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in business, tech, and science writing.
Online harassment is as serious as offline harassment, and it rarely stays “only” online.
I haven’t peeked at eBay in years, and apparently I’m not the only one who’s forgotten it exists.
Hiroshi Ishiguro has spent his career creating robots. But does he know enough about humans to make them lifelike?
The mysterious creator of bitcoin asks a journalist to help reveal his identity.
The Facebook CEO is in control of his company. He could just use a little more confidence.
Nathan Wessler, a lawyer with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, monitors a government that increasingly monitors its citizens.
Fifty years ago, the Freedom of Information Act gave the public access to government secrets — all you had to do was ask. How a simple request became a bureaucratic nightmare.
The internet is not pleased with start-up bros who want to “disrupt” bodegas.
Some tech companies are taking a stand against neo-Nazi users, but claim it’s a still dangerous decision to make.
The nine flight-team engineers of the 1977 mission have been putting off retirement to see through one of NASA’s most successful spacecraft all the way to the end.
Is it because we don’t want to, because we can’t, or is there something else at play?
Tech wizards may say they want driverless cars or the hyperloop, but what they really, really want is a bus.
Smartphones have altered the texture of everyday life, digesting many longstanding spaces and rituals, and transforming others beyond recognition.
Ev Williams admits that the internet is broken and suggests course corrections, apologizing for Twitter’s role in putting Trump in the White House.
Big brains offer no advantage in the animal kingdom.