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Amazon’s Alexa has reshaped how millions of American consumers live and behave at home. We might think of Alexa as that robot we yell at to set a timer, yet Amazon recently announced that it had bigger plans in store for the device. That’...

Alexa, Am I Dying?

Amazon’s Alexa has reshaped how millions of American consumers live and behave at home. We might think of Alexa as that robot we yell at to set a timer, yet Amazon recently announced that it had bigger plans in store for the device. That’...

“Biohacking” is an evolving trend in which people change their food and lifestyle habits to take advantage of biological mechanisms and to improve wellbeing. Dubbed “do-it-yourself” biology, biohacking helps “‘gain control of systems in y...

Biohacking: Brain or Body?

“Biohacking” is an evolving trend in which people change their food and lifestyle habits to take advantage of biological mechanisms and to improve wellbeing. Dubbed “do-it-yourself” biology, biohacking helps “‘gain control of systems in y...

Across six time zones, Americans sit in traffic, wait on platforms, and squeeze between strangers. We spend an average of 26.9 minutes each way commuting to work, while 15 million of us take more than an hour. Our commutes are usually the unpleasant ...

The Lonely World of Earbuds

Across six time zones, Americans sit in traffic, wait on platforms, and squeeze between strangers. We spend an average of 26.9 minutes each way commuting to work, while 15 million of us take more than an hour. Our commutes are usually the unpleasant ...

Within the next year, major telecom companies plan to roll out technology capable of connecting the world’s billions of devices with speeds 1,000 times faster than LTE. This technology, called 5G, would provide the necessary networks to power t...

In the Race to Build 5G Technology, the U.S. is Losing

Within the next year, major telecom companies plan to roll out technology capable of connecting the world’s billions of devices with speeds 1,000 times faster than LTE. This technology, called 5G, would provide the necessary networks to power t...

Although they may seem like novelties at first glance, “deepfakes” threaten to usher in a new era where our eyes and ears can no longer trust online content. These videos take the face of one person and realistically superimpose it onto the body ...

Preempting the Dangers of Deepfakes

Although they may seem like novelties at first glance, “deepfakes” threaten to usher in a new era where our eyes and ears can no longer trust online content. These videos take the face of one person and realistically superimpose it onto the body ...

Algorithms have been created in a way that both reflects and perpetuates biases, particularly those regarding race and gender. In the past, algorithms have been perceived as neutral; algorithms come from technology, are coded, and are ‘logical,’ ...

Algorithms and Bias in the Digital Age

Algorithms have been created in a way that both reflects and perpetuates biases, particularly those regarding race and gender. In the past, algorithms have been perceived as neutral; algorithms come from technology, are coded, and are ‘logical,’ ...

During the Cultural Revolution, Xi Zhongxun, Xi Jinping’s father, was purged by student militants following Mao’s call to “bombard the headquarters”.  Xi Zhongxun was a senior Communist Party official and was forced to flee to the countrysid...

The Historical Roots of the Social Credit System

During the Cultural Revolution, Xi Zhongxun, Xi Jinping’s father, was purged by student militants following Mao’s call to “bombard the headquarters”.  Xi Zhongxun was a senior Communist Party official and was forced to flee to the countrysid...

This past January, Zimbabwe experienced another bout of political instability as rising fuel prices drove citizens to the streets to protest. Six months after the election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the replacement after a military coup ousted ...

Zimbabwe’s New Weapon

This past January, Zimbabwe experienced another bout of political instability as rising fuel prices drove citizens to the streets to protest. Six months after the election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the replacement after a military coup ousted ...

YouTube offers an easy solution for busy parents: it can entertain children for hours and is easily accessible on a myriad of devices. However, the site also features many violent and disturbing videos that would never be allowed to air on television...

Why We Shouldn’t be Afraid of Regulating YouTube

YouTube offers an easy solution for busy parents: it can entertain children for hours and is easily accessible on a myriad of devices. However, the site also features many violent and disturbing videos that would never be allowed to air on television...