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  • Proceed with Caution toward the Self-Driving Car

    Completely autonomous vehicles will remain a fantasy for years. Until they’re here, we need technology that enhances human drivers’ abilities rather than making those abilities increasingly obsolete.

    58 comments

  • The Limits of Social Engineering

    Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. But the models may hide rather than reveal the deepest sources of social ills.

    22 comments

  • Climate Change: The Moral Choices

    The effects of global warming will persist for hundreds of years. What are our responsibilities and duties today to help safeguard the distant future? That is the question ethicists are now asking.

    414 comments

  • New Forms That Function Better

    Design software helps architects create grand projects with fanciful forms. It’s time to put the technology to better use.

    11 comments

  • Cryptocurrency

    The bitcoin, a virtual medium of exchange, could be a real alternative to government-issued money—but only if it survives hoarding by speculators.

    35 comments

  • Windows 8: Design over Usability

    Windows 8 gets a lot right, but Microsoft’s determination to offer computer and mobile users the same interface makes the operating system somewhat weird.

    68 comments

  • The Difference Between Makers and Manufacturers

    Fans of 3-D printers and digital design tools argue that these technologies will transform the way we make goods. But can the “maker” movement really produce more than iPhone covers and jewelry?

    40 comments

  • Marginally Useful

    Bitcoin itself may fail as a currency, but the underlying technology is beginning to suggest valuable new applications.

    28 comments

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