Our Machine Overlords
Old Auto Safety Regulations Are Keeping Us From Seeing Well
Automakers have made several advances in lighting systems—systems that would alert people when they’re about to walk in front of a car, and keep other vehicles from flooding your cabin with blinding light, for starters—but are unable to implement them because of 45-year-old “safety” standards.
The FBI’s Dangerous Misrepresentation of Encryption Law
The FBI no more deserves a direct line to your data than it deserves to intercept your mail at the post office. But it doesn’t want you to know that.
Should We Be Worried About Artificial Intelligence?
Not right now—or at least, not until we know more—but it's a question a surprising number of people are asking.
Does Innovation Always Lead to Gentrification?
A new study makes the development of innovation districts sound like a win-win for all parties involved. But a look at some existing districts, like Boston’s Cambridge or Brooklyn’s Dumbo, makes it clear that there are downsides too.
The Invisible, Manipulative Power of Persuasive Technology
Amazon’s one-click shopping, Facebook’s News Feed, countless mobile apps: Persuasive technology is being used to influence your behavior all day long—often without you even knowing it.
Elderly Fear Their Future Robot Friends Will Corrupt Children
Senior citizens' hesitance about using caretaking robots comes from a fear that their grandchildren will become emotionally dependent on the machines.