A flowing, connected interior—once a fringe experiment of American architectural modernism—has become ubiquitous, and beloved. But it promises a liberation from housework that remains a fantasy.
The World Health Organization has proposed a behavioral addiction pathology for excessive video-game playing. But maybe the problem is in the economy more than the mind.
The hyperlocal social-media platform highlights small grievances—and proves that neighbors have more in common than they think.
The company’s slick, wireless earbuds work great, but they foreshadow startling changes to the social fabric.
But it was just a resolution to “disapprove”—a far cry from stopping the repeal.
The format, made popular by Snapchat and Instagram, is the native genre of glass rectangles.
Legally blind since age 18, my father missed out on the first digital revolution.
Twenty years ago, another high-profile tech executive testified before Congress. It was a more innocent time.
After a shooting at YouTube’s corporate campus, technology CEOs offer platitudes. Shouldn’t they have more to say?
The window to regulate driverless vehicles is still open, but not for much longer.
A 50-year-old philosophical thought experiment has been central to the debate about autonomous vehicles. It’s time to give it up.
A recent ransomware attack on Atlanta’s computer systems is disruptive, but so ordinary.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal is drawing attention to malicious data thieves and brokers. But every Facebook app—even the dumb, innocent ones—collected users’ personal data without even trying.
A pedestrian killed by a self-driving Uber in Tempe shows that the legal implications of autonomous cars are as important, if not more so, than the technology.
Piaggio, the Italian company that makes Vespa scooters, is building cargo droids for city pedestrians.
Like it or not, the middle class became global citizens through consumerism—and they did so at the mall.
A New York Times exposé of a “black market” for online fame diagnoses the symptom of social-media despair, but misses its cause.
It’s disingenuous to celebrate building “feminism” into a product after giving a robot servant a woman’s voice.
America’s emergency notification systems were first built for war, and then rebuilt for peace. A false alarm in Hawaii shows that they didn’t anticipate how media works in the smartphone era.
What do you get from a live game-show app?
a. Fun b. Money c. Social collapse
The internet is as much the enemy as it is the hero of contemporary life.