In This Issue: Features
A Tale of Two Drugs
Today’s medicines can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. The story of how two companies set prices for their costly new drugs suggests that the way we determine the value of such treatments will help decide the future of our health-care system.
The Real Privacy Problem
As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it’s tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data. Instead, we need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk.
The Decline of Wikipedia
The community that built the largest encyclopedia in history is shrinking, even as more people and Internet services depend on it than ever. Can it be revived, or is this the end of the Web’s idealistic era?
Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think
Don’t expect self-driving cars to take over the roads anytime soon. Here’s what carmakers are really working on.
In This Issue: Reviews
So Far, Smart Watches Are Pretty Dumb
Smart watches risk becoming just another irritating gadget unless their makers learn to use AI and sensors to take advantage of the fact that they’re worn all day.
How Hollywood Can Capitalize on Piracy
After spending millions of dollars on legal fees, film studios should stop suing downloaders and take better advantage of what they do.
In This Issue: Departments
From the Archives
Just how frightened should we be of chemical weapons, really? A 1929 essay tried to answer that question.