- “The Minecraft Generation” (April 14, 2016)
Building, coding, debugging, socializing, YouTubing, writing fan fiction: How Minecraft has become a locus of youth culture, and what it means for the next generation.
- “Can Swiss Watchmakers Survive the Digital Age?” (June 3, 2015)
Swiss watchmakers have a centuries’-old tradition of making elite mechanical watches by hand. As the Apple Watch launches, they wonder — can they make smartwatches? Should they?
- “Uber Would Like To Buy Your Robotics Department” (Sept. 11, 2015)
Uber wants to build a fleet of self-driving cars — and to do it, they hired away nearly half the staff of a top robotics department at Carnegie Mellon University. In the war for talent, can a university compete with Silicon Valley money?
I investigate whether a scientist’s new “brain training” game can keep aging minds sharp.
Remember Google Glass, the computer you put on your face? I wore a pair for three months to find out how “wearable computing” might change your life.
I go inside the IBM team that created a computer able to beat any human at the TV show Jeopardy!
When you’re a student, the quality of your notes can mean the difference between a good grade — and a lousy one. Can a watch that records audio change the way we take notes?
Can obesity, cigarette smoking, and happiness spread from person to person like a flu? A new scientific theory upends our ideas about “social contagion”.
How an academic with a computer model predicts — often with eery accuracy — the unfolding of international conflict.
How can you fully recharge an electric car in 45 seconds? Pull the batteries out — swap in new ones. I profile an Israeli firm that’s reimagining the way electric cars might work.
Can a computer algorithm predict what we’re going to like — better than we can? Netflix is betting millions on it.
Touchscreen voting machines are buggy, crash-prone, secretive, under the control of people who barely understand them — and they’re in charge of your vote.
How the everyday flurry of tweets, texts, and pictures helps us build up “ambient awareness” — a new mode of understanding what’s going on in other people’s lives.
The online world makes it possible for musicians to cultivate their audience — so long as they’re willing to spend four hours a day writing emails, tweets, and posts. How did the rock-and-roll lifestyle become a desk job?