Author Archive

Adrienne LaFrance

Emerging Tech

The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube

Surprise eggs and slime are at the center of an online realm that’s changing the way the experts think about human development.

CIO Briefing

But His Emails!

The latest White House scandal brings the nation’s attention back to the inbox.

Emerging Tech

The Technology That Will Make It Impossible for You to Believe What You See

With these techniques, it’s difficult to discern between videos of real people and computerized impostors that can be programmed to say anything.

Cybersecurity

Donald Trump’s ‘Impenetrable Cybersecurity’ Is Pure Fantasy

Guarding networked systems is an endless process, and an imperfect one.

Emerging Tech

What an AI's Non-Human Language Actually Looks Like

Facebotlish looks pretty weird to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to

Cybersecurity

Cyberwar Is Officially Crossing Over Into the Real World

Online warfare already wreaks havoc on the physical world, and it's only going to get worse.

Cybersecurity

Global Ransomware Attack Is Much Bigger Than It First Appeared

A dozen countries were hit in a cyberattack Friday. Such attacks have increased by more than 500 percent in recent years

CIO Briefing

The Technology That Can Destroy a Presidency

From Xerox copiers to secret tapes to missing emails, machines are still at the center of modern political scandals.

CIO Briefing

Facebook Data ‘Does Not Contradict’ Intelligence on Russia Meddling

The social platform says it has a problem with government-run efforts to manipulate public opinion.

Data

A Search for the Zombie Websites of 1995

The must-visit destinations from early cyberspace are mostly gone now.

Data

Amazon Is Making It Easier for Companies to Track You

In a letter to shareholders, Jeff Bezos wrote about how the company is making machine-learning tools widely available.

Emerging Tech

How A.I. Will Redefine Human Intelligence

Machines aren’t just infiltrating the human world, they’re altering our perception of what people can do.

Emerging Tech

Trolls Are Winning the Internet, Technologists Say

And they're pushing the rest of us toward a “Potemkin internet,” a mere shell of the web we know today.

Cybersecurity

Who Owns Your Face?

Advertising companies, tech giants, data collectors, and the federal government, it turns out.

Emerging Tech

What Happens If Uber Fails?

Even if the ride-sharing service goes under, it won't necessarily set off a bubble-popping chain reaction.

Emerging Tech

The Fight Between Waymo and Uber Intensifies

After six weeks of brutally bad PR, the ridesharing giant is ratcheting up its defense.

CIO Briefing

The 9-1-1 Paradox

Emergency call lines in the United States rarely fail, yet they're more vulnerable than ever.

Emerging Tech

Car Wars

Inside the battle for the future of a technology that could really, truly change the world