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Russia wants to cut itself off from the global internet. Here’s what that really means.

The plan is going to be tricky to pull off, both technically and politically, but the Kremlin has set its sights on self-sufficiency.

Posted on 21 March 2019 | 3:30 pm

China’s Huawei has big ambitions to weaken the US grip on AI leadership

In spite of tensions with the US and its allies, Huawei is rapidly building a suite of AI offerings unmatched by any other company on the planet.

Posted on 4 March 2019 | 1:50 pm

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2019, curated by Bill Gates

We asked Gates to choose this year’s list of inventions that will change the world for the better.

Posted on 27 February 2019 | 12:00 pm

Bill Gates explains why we should all be optimists

We sat down to talk about breakthrough technologies, China, and reasons to be cheerful with this issue’s guest editor.

Posted on 27 February 2019 | 12:00 pm

A simple blood test to predict premature births could save babies’ lives

Complications from preterm birth are the leading cause of death worldwide in children under five.

Posted on 27 February 2019 | 12:00 pm

The race to make a lab-grown steak

Meat production spews tons of greenhouse gas and uses up too much land and water. Is there an alternative that won’t make us do without?

Posted on 27 February 2019 | 12:00 pm

Why AI is a threat to democracy—and what we can do to stop it

Futurist and NYU professor Amy Webb on an impending artificial intelligence catastrophe—and why there’s still hope it can be averted.

Posted on 26 February 2019 | 10:00 am

China’s CRISPR twins might have had their brains inadvertently enhanced

New research suggests that a controversial gene-editing experiment to make children resistant to HIV may also have enhanced their ability to learn and form memories.

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 3:20 pm

The first privately funded trip to the moon is about to launch

After failing to claim the Lunar X Prize (which, to be fair, everyone did), the Israeli firm SpaceIL could have a rover on lunar soil in a little over a month.

Posted on 20 February 2019 | 6:45 pm

The technology behind OpenAI’s fiction-writing, fake-news-spewing AI, explained

The language model can write like a human, but it doesn’t have a clue what it’s saying.

Posted on 16 February 2019 | 1:00 pm

AI is reinventing the way we invent

The biggest impact of artificial intelligence will be to help humans make discoveries we couldn’t make on our own.

Posted on 15 February 2019 | 12:00 pm

Never mind killer robots—here are six real AI dangers to watch out for in 2019

Last year a string of controversies revealed a darker (and dumber) side to artificial intelligence.

Posted on 7 January 2019 | 5:00 pm

Seven New Year’s resolutions for Big Tech in 2019

2018 was a no good, very bad year for Silicon Valley. Here’s some of the things tech giants should commit to do next year to avoid a repeat performance.

Posted on 31 December 2018 | 11:59 am

All the reasons 2018 was a breakout year for DNA data

Gene information on millions of people is revolutionizing how we predict disease, catch criminals, and find new drugs.

Posted on 29 December 2018 | 11:59 am

The biggest technology failures of 2018

From gene-edited babies to guaranteed-fatal brain uploads, it was a bumper year for technology misfires and misuses.

Posted on 27 December 2018 | 12:00 pm

The biggest technology failures of 2018

From gene-edited babies to guaranteed-fatal brain uploads, it was a bumper year for technology misfires and misuses.

Posted on 27 December 2018 | 12:00 pm

Cryptocurrencies crashed in 2018. Now they’re right where they should be.

A year ago, Bitcoin and its brethren were headed to the moon. These days they’re much more grounded.

Posted on 26 December 2018 | 2:00 pm

The day I tasted climate change

Every one of us will have a moment when global warming gets personal.

Posted on 21 December 2018 | 12:00 pm

How Google took on China—and lost

It used to be that while Google wanted China, China really needed Google. Not any more.

Posted on 19 December 2018 | 5:00 am

The Reunion: a new science-fiction story about surveillance in China

Technology is making people unhinged and violent. Can an algorithm stop them?

Posted on 16 December 2018 | 12:00 pm