The Terrestrial Challenges to Nigeria’s Ambitious Space Program
The country had early success with satellite launches, but it’s since been thwarted.
Russia’s Space Program Is Struggling MightilyIt’s the only country that regularly sends humans to orbit. But its long-term prospects don’t look great.
The Surprising Things Algorithms Can Glean About You From PhotosA picture is worth 1 billion data points.
Expect More Incidents Like WikiLeaks’ Dump of CIA Hacking ToolsThis is the second example of this happening—but it won’t be the last.
The Corrupt Personalization of NetflixThe company embodies one of the most seductive myths of the algorithmic age.
Are You Upset About Russia Interfering With Elections?If so, you should also worry about Russia’s domestic surveillance, and internet governance policy, and more.
What Biosecurity and Cybersecurity Research Have in CommonThey have similar dangers—and similar potential benefits.
Can We Really Travel Back in Time to Change History?Theoretical physicist Paul Davies responds to Emily St. John Mandel’s short story “Mr. Thursday.”
We Need to Stop Talking About Space as a “Frontier”The language we use matters, especially when it’s deployed in the service of envisioning possible futures.
Can a Machine Predict Your Death?It’s easier than ever—but what does that mean for you and your doctor?
Move Fast and Break TrustGoogle’s alternative facts and Uber’s self-driving accidents are symptoms of a deeper problem that is only going to get worse.