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Researchers Develop Reprogrammable Braille in Hopes of Making Books More Accessible for Blind Readers

Aug. 17 2018 6:32 PMReport: DOJ Pressuring Facebook to Break Encryption on Messenger App So It Can Listen to Suspect’s Calls
Aug. 16 2018 6:16 PMCubans Could Access the Internet From Anywhere for Nine Hours on Tuesday
Aug. 15 2018 1:29 PMFuture Tense Newsletter: How Sex Robots May Remake Marriage
Aug. 14 2018 12:28 PMCalifornia Agency Has Monitored Welfare Recipients Using License Plate Readers Since 2016
Aug. 13 2018 2:24 PMThe Most Terrifying Things Hackers Showed They Could Do at This Year’s Def Con
Aug. 10 2018 8:00 AMHow the QAnon Conspiracy Theory Went From the Fringes of the Internet to T-Shirts for Sale on Amazon
Aug. 9 2018 11:07 AMChina’s Aggressive Surveillance Technology Will Spread Beyond Its BordersNow is the time for liberal democracies to grapple with the privacy-invading power of algorithmic authoritarianism.
Aug. 8 2018 10:56 AMLeave the Meddling to the Hardy BoysUsing the M-word to describe election interference makes it sound harmless.
Aug. 7 2018 4:57 PMThe FCC Blamed a Cyberattack When Its Comment System Crashed Before Net Neutrality Repeal. The Real Culprit Was John Oliver.
Aug. 7 2018 1:34 PMIs Getting Our News From Smart Speakers a Threat to Media Diversity?Voice assistants may be revolutionizing access to news, but they’re not exactly revolutionizing variety.
Aug. 6 2018 2:41 PMThe Cryptocurrency Game With a $9 Million PrizeIs Fomo3D an incisive critique, a scam, or a little of both?
Aug. 2 2018 3:24 PMWhy Was the State Department Ever Involved With the Debate Over 3D-Printed Guns?The arcane export control laws behind the Defense Distributed case.
Aug. 1 2018 5:37 PMHomemade Guns Are a Much Bigger Threat Than 3D-Printed Firearms3D-printed guns are expensive, hard to make, barely work, and not worth lawmakers’ recent vitriol.
Aug. 1 2018 11:49 AMFuture Tense Newsletter: Here’s What’s Happening With 3D-Printed Guns
July 31 2018 6:54 PMPrivate WikiLeaks Messages Compare Julian Assange’s Life in the Ecuadorian Embassy to Biosphere 2
Aug. 17 2018 4:06 PMAlexa, Play This Perfectly Timed BurnWhat do tech-based jokes like this say about us and our relationship to technology?
Aug. 16 2018 5:11 PMWho Updates Celebrity Deaths on Wikipedia?Meet the editors who race to be the first to declare a famous person dead.
Aug. 15 2018 9:00 AMWe Have to Be Smart About Artificial Intelligence in MedicineWhen the technology is complicated, opaque, changing, and absolutely vital to the health of a patient, how do we make sure it works as promised?
Aug. 14 2018 7:30 AMHow Sex Robots Could Revolutionize Marriage—for the BetterWith sexual needs outsourced to robots, marriages could become stronger than ever.
Aug. 13 2018 7:30 AMWhat Are “Ethics in Design”?People in the field are calling for more ethical decision-making—but it’s hard to pin down what exactly that means.
Aug. 9 2018 5:13 PMMore Security Flaws at Comcast Left Customer Data Vulnerable
Aug. 9 2018 9:07 AMRegulating Bots on Social Media Is Easier Said Than DoneFor one thing, defining bot is tricky.
Aug. 8 2018 9:30 AMHow to Make Parental Tech Support Even More FrustratingDouble the exasperation by adding a language barrier and distance.
Aug. 7 2018 3:07 PMThe 2020 Olympics in Tokyo Will Use Facial Recognition on Every Athlete
Aug. 7 2018 7:30 AMReady for TakeoffAustralia’s military drone-racing team came in dead last at a national competition in 2017. Now they’re trying for a comeback.
Aug. 3 2018 7:30 AMIndia’s Biometric Identity Program Is Rooting Out CorruptionBut serious privacy concerns remain.
Aug. 2 2018 9:02 AMMexico’s Chapter in the Saga of Election DisinformationMuch of the fake news that infiltrated Mexico’s recent presidential election wasn’t imported.
Aug. 1 2018 4:52 PMThe Very Good Reason Why the 3D-Printed Gun Plans Need to Be AvailableThey’re critical to the public policy debate we’re now having.
Aug. 1 2018 7:30 AMThe U.K. Wants to Become the World Leader in Ethical A.I.But what does that actually mean? And is it possible?
July 31 2018 6:34 PMFacebook Just Removed a Cluster of 32 “Bad Actor” Fake Accounts and PagesBut it’s not blaming Russia yet.