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  • 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.

    8 comments

  • Enlightened Spaces

    For almost half a century, James Turrell has been working with light in a way that merges art and technology.

  • An AI Pal That Is Better Than “Her”

    The charming automated assistant in Spike Jonze’s new movie isn’t realistic. But if they were designed thoughtfully, computerized interlocutors could make us better people.

    18 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

  • 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

  • How Authors Write

    The technologies of composition, not new media, inspire ­innovations in literary styles and forms.

    18 comments

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