Emerging Tech

Foreign-Influence Operation

It’s disturbing how easily Internet Research Agency accounts blended into America’s online life.

CIO Briefing

What Sundar Pichai Couldn’t Explain to Congress

Google’s CEO struggled to explain the reality of his company’s power to a House committee convinced of a liberal conspiracy.

Emerging Tech

Finally, the Self-Driving Car

Google’s sister company Waymo built the self-driving car. Now it needs to bring it to life.

Emerging Tech

When the Tech Mythology Collapses

The industry’s fall from grace may feel unprecedented, but we have a model for what happens when a beloved industry fails us.

Emerging Tech

Iranian Propaganda Targeted Americans With Tom Hanks

It’s yet another attempt by a government to use Facebook to sow discord in the United States.

CIO Briefing

Big Tech's Newest Experiment in Criminal-Justice Reform

Unicorn startup Slack is launching an apprenticeship program for formerly incarcerated people. But will the industry ever hire from the inside en masse?

Emerging Tech

Waymo’s Robot Cars, and the Humans Who Tend to Them

People are always the hack that make automated systems work.

Data

Wikipedia, the Last Bastion of Shared Reality

The culture wars are coming for the best utopian project of the early internet. Can it survive the informational anarchy that’s disrupted the rest of media?

CIO Briefing

Tech’s Fractal Irresponsibility Problem

Each new scandal reflects in miniature the shape of the industry’s big problems.

Data

Why Facebook Wants to Give You the Benefit of the Doubt

Mark Zuckerberg’s remarks about Holocaust denial once again showed Facebook’s optimism about human nature.

CIO Briefing

Civic Tech in a Time of Technopessimism

Since 2016, the technology industry has been looking for answers. Code for America might have one.

Emerging Tech

Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Malfunction, It Was Just Bad

There were no software glitches or sensor breakdowns that led to a fatal crash, merely poor object recognition, emergency planning, system design, testing methodology, and human operation.

Data

The Most Important Exchange of the Zuckerberg Hearing

The Facebook CEO’s defense of data collection is slipperier than it seems.

Emerging Tech

The Most Important Self-Driving Car Announcement Yet

Autonomous vehicles will transform urban life by 2020, if Waymo’s time line is correct.

Emerging Tech

Bitcoin Mining Turns Electricity Into Money

A close-up portrait of bitcoin miners in eastern Washington reveals the real hustle at the heart of cryptocurrencies.

Emerging Tech

Drone Swarms Are Going to Be Terrifying and Hard to Stop

“Now the improvised explosive devices will find our warfighters."

Cybersecurity

Russia's Troll Operation Was Not That Sophisticated

“If the Internet Research Agency were a start-up media company, they probably would not be picking up a fresh round of venture capital.”

Emerging Tech

Could Self-Driving Trucks Be Good for Truckers?

That’s what a new study from Uber’s self-driving-truck team says, and a variety of trucking experts think they might be right.

CIO Briefing

8 Overly Confident, Mostly Pessimistic Predictions About Tech in 2018

The bankification of Big Tech, a strange profusion of wheeled vehicles, and more predictions about the year to come.

Emerging Tech

The People Who Read Your Airline Tweets

“There are a lot of whiners, but the good thing is we help the whiners, too.”

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