Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future
The very laws of physics imply that artificial intelligence must be possible. What’s holding us up?
Hail the maintainers
Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more
Digital books stagnate in closed, dull systems, while printed books are shareable, lovely and enduring. What comes next?
The Silk Road might have started as a libertarian experiment, but it was doomed to end as a fiefdom run by pirate kings
The Soviet InterNyet
Soviet scientists tried for decades to network their nation. What stalemated them is now fracturing the global internet
Human ingenuity has created a world that the mind cannot master. Have we finally reached our limits?
Out of the ashes
It took a lot of fossil fuels to forge our industrial world. Now they're almost gone. Could we do it again without them?
And their eyes glazed over
My college students are never entirely present in class, addicted to texts and tech. Is there any hope left for learning?
Thanks to new technology, sex toys are becoming tools for connection – but will sexbots reverse that trend?
What good is information?
The internet promised to feed our minds with knowledge. What have we learned? That our minds need more than that
The hacker hacked
The hacker ethos is wild and anarchic, indifferent to the trappings of success. Or it was, until the gentrifiers moved in
Ever-faster feedback loops and micro-targeted digital porn are pushing human sexuality into some seriously weird places
Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. Should the net be regulated like drugs or casinos?
The world wide cage
Technology promised to set us free. Instead it has trained us to withdraw from the world into distraction and dependency
In proof we trust
Blockchain technology will revolutionise far more than money: it will change your life. Here’s how it actually works
The question is not whether we can upload our brains onto a computer, but what will become of us when we do
Should we be afraid of AI?
Machines seem to be getting smarter and smarter and much better at human jobs, yet true AI is utterly implausible. Why?
Our machines could become self-aware without our knowing it. We need a better way to define and test for consciousness
From algorithms to aliens, could humans ever understand minds that are radically unlike our own?
The attention economy
It costs nothing to click, respond and retweet. But what price do we pay in our relationships and our peace of mind?
The bit bomb
It took a polymath to pin down the true nature of ‘information’. His answer was both a revelation and a return
Robots came to Europe before the dawn of the mechanical age. To a medieval world, they were indistinguishable from magic
Perfect genetic knowledge
Human genomics is just the start: the Earth has 50 billion tons of DNA. What happens when we have the entire biocode?
Farming the apocalypse
When my life came crashing down I took shelter on my farm, surviving with 11th-century tools like the sickle and scythe
For all the smart tech, we still feel pressed for time. Are digital services the problem, or are we humans to blame?