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Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal
Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Technology channel. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. The New York Observer calls Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti. He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press). Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.
Data

Google's Mass-Shooting Misinformation Problem

When no reputable information is available, the search engine promotes fake news.

CIO Briefing

15 Things We Learned From the Tech Giants at the Senate Hearings

The key takeaways from two days of testimony about Russia’s electoral mischief during the 2016 election

Emerging Tech

Are Facebook, Twitter, and Google American Companies?

This week’s Senate hearing highlights a deep tension in the tech giants’ self-definitions.

CIO Briefing

Facebook’s Evidence of Russian Electoral Meddling Is Only ‘the Tip of the Iceberg’

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee believes Facebook, Google, and Twitter aren’t searching hard enough to learn the extent of Russian interference.

Cybersecurity

What, Exactly, Were Russians Trying to Do With Those Facebook Ads?

From what we know now, it was too small to seriously influence the election, but too big to be an afterthought.

Data

Facebook's New 'AI Camera' Team Wants to Add a Layer to the World

The most important technological advances of the past decade are converging inside the battle for your phone’s camera.

IT Modernization

Why the New iPhone Is So Important

As Apple unveils the latest version of the most successful consumer product of all time, two charts show the critical juncture the company faces.

Emerging Tech

Southwest Florida's Electrical Grid Will Need a 'Wholesale Rebuild'

And several million people may be without power for weeks, thanks to Hurricane Irma.

Data

What We Don't Know About What Facebook Knows

If Facebook data has such a far reach, why does it contain basic errors of plausibility?

Emerging Tech

Inside Waymo's Secret World for Training Self-Driving Cars

A look at how Alphabet understands its most ambitious artificial intelligence project

Cybersecurity

Would You Doxx a Nazi?

The dangers of revealing the names and identities of white supremacists

Emerging Tech

DARPA's Ex-Leader's Speculative Dream of Mind-Melding Empathy

Arati Prabhakar imagines a neurologically enhanced future where everyone’s brains are connected.

Emerging Tech

A Silicon Valley Congressman Takes On Amazon

The freshman House representative Ro Khanna wants to see a broad rethinking of how the government evaluates mergers like Amazon-Whole Foods.

Emerging Tech

If Google Teaches an AI to Draw, Will That Help It Think?

Humans made a huge cognitive leap when they first sketched figures onto rocks—now, computers are learning to do the same.

Emerging Tech

How Apple Sees the Near Future

Siri is set to play a much larger role in the company’s products.

Emerging Tech

Is Facebook Doomed?

The social network's future dominance is far from assured.

IT Modernization

When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

When a thing connects to the Internet, three things happen: it becomes smart, it becomes hackable, and it's no longer something you own.

IT Modernization

The Internet Is Losing Interest in Computers

Google searches for the category of "Computers & Electronics" are down 60 percent since 2004.