Terrifyingly ConvenientA.I. assistants can give you the news, order you a pizza, and tell you a joke. All you have to do is trust them—completely.
The Go Champion, the Grandmaster, and MeMillions just watched a computer program beat Lee Sedol at the game he dominates. Welcome to the club.
An iPhone Is an Extension of the MindThe FBI isn’t asking to access an uncrackable safe. It wants to compromise the boundaries of the self.
“The End of Twitter” Is a False NarrativeIts real problem isn’t a failure to catch up with Facebook. It’s Wall Street’s expectations—and ours.
No Place to Hack Why Aaron Swartz profoundly misjudged MIT, an institution fundamentally inhospitable to Free Culture.
Who Controls Your Facebook FeedA small team of engineers in Menlo Park. A panel of anonymous power users around the world. And, increasingly, you.
Bad AppleThe company’s ugly, underpowered new iPhone battery case is a sign of trouble in Cupertino.
The Fascinating, Mostly Failed History of “Teaching Machines”And how far we’ve come since the 1920s.
Steve Jobs Doesn’t Understand Steve JobsHe wasn’t just a cold-hearted marketing genius. He was something more eccentric—and troubling.
Jack Is BackTwitter’s new CEO, Jack Dorsey, is self-important, conniving, and has another job. He might be perfect.
The First-Person Industrial ComplexThe Internet prizes the harrowing personal essay. But sometimes telling your story comes with a price.
Slate Voice: “Space Invaders”Never, ever use two spaces after a period: Listen to Mike Vuolo read Farhad Manjoo’s classic takedown of an enduring typographic sin.
The Fight for the Future of NPRA slow-moving bureaucracy. An antiquated business model. A horde of upstart competitors. Can National Public Radio survive?
Beyond the BoxCable TV boxes are among the peskiest pieces of hardware on the planet. Regulators are finally eyeing the right solution.
The Presidential Campaign Websites Are TerribleExcept for Donald Trump’s—his is fabulous, just terrific.
Why Can’t Apple Figure Out Television?Apple changed how we use phones and listen to music. But it never had a shot at rethinking TV.
The End of the Taxi EraThe bankruptcy of San Francisco’s largest cab company is just the beginning. Thanks to Uber, the entire industry is doomed.
The Year’s Best GadgetsThe virtual reality viewers, streaming media dongles, and robotic toys that delighted us in 2015.
Why Japan Got Over EmojisThe country created the adorable little icons. Then the iPhone corrupted them.
No More Pencils, No More BooksArtificially intelligent software is replacing the textbook—and reshaping American education.
Can You Spot Your Old PC at One of the World’s Largest Electronic Dumps?How our lack of efficient electronics-disposal options has turned one town into a wasteland.
The Best of the First-Person InternetThe Internet prizes the harrowing personal essay. Here are seven worth reading.
The First Victim of Sept. 11He was likely the first person killed, but his influence was felt that entire terrible day—online.