Though the Next Big Thing won’t appear for a while, we know what it will look like: a lightweight, always-on wearable that obliterates the divide between the stuff we see on screens and the stuff we see when we look up.
IN EARLY 1954, Pope Pius XII summoned a venerable Swiss quack named Paul Niehans to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo. The pontiff was nauseated with gastritis, fatigued by his 77 years, and loath to meet his maker.
The dream of in-ear real-time translation goes back at least as far as Douglas Adams’s Babel Fish, a little alien that fits in a human ear, feeds on brain waves and, miraculously, excretes translations into the ear canal.
WHEN Lazarus Liu moved home to China after studying logistics in the UK, he noticed that something had changed: Everyone paid for everything with their phones.
LAST WEEK THE FCC voted on the fate of net neutrality. In rolling back the 2015 rules that banned internet service providers from prioritizing certain internet traffic over others, it will be the difference between a free and open online experience, and one where corporations dictate what you can see, and how fast you can see it.
ON NOVEMBER 12th a video called “Slaughterbots” was uploaded to YouTube. It is the brainchild of Stuart Russell, a professor of artificial intelligence at the University of California.
Super-smart robots are about to wipe out whole professions. Work is becoming less secure. We have to find ways to retrain people – or prepare them to do nothing.
AFTER staying at home one afternoon for a delivery of discounted toilet disinfectant that never came, Valentin Romanov, a Stockholm IT manager, installed a special lock on his flat’s entrance.
A DAY before the FCC voted to rescind “net neutrality” regulations designed to ensure that internet-service providers do nothing to favour some types of online content over others, Ajit Pai, its chairman, tweeted a short video reassuring Americans.
THE machines are coming. A much-cited study in 2013 concluded that half of American jobs were at risk in the coming decades. Writers are not immune.
Few pieces of modern hardware have inspired as much excitement as the drone.