Our Virtual FutureWhat philosophers say about the inevitability of VR.
Future Tense Newsletter: How Social Media and Flying Robots are Changing Disaster Relief
Insurance Companies Are Preparing Fleets of Drones to Assess the Damage of Harvey
Viral Tweets Are Helping Some People Find Help in Houston. Social Media Can Do Much Better.
Google’s Self-Driving Car Company Built a Fake City in California
“Flying Cars in the Future” Is the Perfect Meme for This Dumb Year
The Justice Department Has Backed Off From Its Request for Data About Trump Protesters—but Not Completely
How Bad Is It to Look at the Eclipse, Really? What About a Quick Peek?
The Next iOS Update Has a Feature to Prevent Cops From Searching Your iPhone
This Little-Known Tech Company Is Appalled at Its Own Power Over the Internet
The Damage Caused by the 93-Day Internet Blackout in Cameroon
Listening for the Public VoiceDiscussions about genetic engineering in humans need input from nonexperts.
The U.S. Military Shouldn’t Use Commercial DronesFor now, at least.
A Proposed Anti-Doxxing Law in the U.K. Could Make Personal Data Less Secure
New Fabric Interfaces Weave Together Textiles and Computers in Unexpected Ways
How Much Is the Future Worth?The arcane, fascinating academic debate over how to value our grandchildren’s well-being.
FCC’s Net Neutrality Comment Window Ends Wednesday—the Next Step Toward Its Extinction
Behold the Amazing Poetry-Generating Machine!For nearly 200 years, humans have been creating automatons that mimic our verse. But will they ever really pass as poets?
Stormfront Has Been Kicked Offline. Can White Supremacists Still Organize Without the Internet?
Russian Bots Are Trying to Sow Discord on Twitter After Charlottesville
Wind Energy Isn’t a BreezeFarmers near wind turbines face (sometimes literal) headaches.
Future Tense Newsletter: Who Gets to Police the Internet?
A Year Without the InternetPeople in Pakistan’s already-isolated tribal area can’t get online, thanks to a government shutdown.
Facebook's Bar for Banning Speech Seems to Get a Lot Lower When Its Users Insult Mark Zuckerberg
The Science PoliceIn highly controversial fields, researchers have to balance science and advocacy.
Meet Mappy, a Software System That Automatically Maps Old-School Nintendo Games
Future Tense Newsletter: How Doxxing, Data, and DNA Are Disrupting Our Future
The Department of Justice Demands Records on Every Visit to Anti-Trump Protest Site DisruptJ20
Cost Shouldn’t Keep Students From Taking AP ExamsOne possible solution? Online textbooks.
WannaCry Hero Pleads Not Guilty to Malware Charges