The story of America’s relationship with appliances and gadgets, as seen in seven decades of government statistics.
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Silicon Valley’s sunny outlook on technology and opportunity ignores systematic inequalities.
Hey Cortana. Hey Siri. Hey girl.
From Roman walls to Twitter, humans have a long-standing obsession with leaving their mark.
A new website assembles thousands of biographies and oral histories from the Manhattan Project.
Archivists are trying to figure out how to save the computerized lighting designs from historic productions before they’re lost forever.
Why the machines of the future will be pillowy and huggable
Members of Congress are calling for new rules that determine how companies can use personal data collected by autonomous vehicles.
A first of its kind Library of Congress project aims to identify, catalogue, and preserve America’s rapidly deteriorating broadcast history.
The question is more complicated than it seems.
Automated vehicles will learn everything about you—and influence your behavior in ways you might not even realize.
The 19th-century equivalent of the modern Apple event
A possible crack in the brain-computer analogy.
What motivates hundreds of thousands of volunteers to build the world’s go-to online encyclopedia?
Nearly one in three families aren’t able to meet their own basic needs while a child is in chemotherapy.
Eleven manufacturers have test permits in California, but how many driverless vehicles does each have on the road?
People think machines are taking everyone’s jobs. Except their own.
Tricks from a researcher who specializes in paying attention.
The brain is better at blocking out distractions than previously thought.