Science and Technology

scene from "Blade Runner 2049"

If you think you haven't seen any movies based on Philip K. Dick's work, you're probably wrong.  David Gill talks about Hollywood's adaptations of Dick's work.More

trippy mountain

Desperate for help with his PTSD, Dan Kasza took a strange brew of frog venom and ayahuasca.More

Black hole

Researchers revisit the controversial but potentially life-changing treatment first explored in the 1960s.More

AYELET WALDMAN

How taking microdoses of LSD for a month helped her find a calm she hadn’t known for years.More

Radium Girls memorial

How painting radium on watches and instrument dials killed more than 50 young women working in Ottawa, Illinois.More

Clock

He’s one of the most frenetically productive, wired guys on the planet, but digital media theorist Douglas Rushkoff is backing away from the clock.More

Traveling into the phone

Doug Rushkoff believes personal technology is having an insidious effect on our relationship with time. He calls it “present shock.”More

Jaquet Droz automatons

Androids may seem like a modern idea, but there were life-size androids in the 18th century — beautiful robot women who could look around and even play the harpsichord. Historian Heidi Voskuhl tells this remarkable story.More

the next great novel

Will a computer ever write a great novel? Absolutely, says the pioneering software developer Stephen Wolfram. He believes there's no limit to computer creativity.More

Code

Machines that program themselves are all around us and they get smarter every day. But are you ready for the master algorithm that can tell a machine how to learn anything?More

Apps

App Intelligence? Santa Fe Institute president David Krakauer says we're on the verge of abdicating our free will to everyday apps.More

Are we too reliant on phone apps?

Robots that clean the bathroom, cars that drive themselves, computers that diagnose disease. They may sound appealing, but technology writer Nicholas Carr warns that the new age of automation could mean we'll lose basic life skills.More

A light in the dark (from a phone)

Filmmaker Astra Taylor wants to reclaim the democratic potential of personal technology.More

Targeted person

Political microtargeters develop sophisticated and subterranean campaigns to win vulnerable voters. Cathy O'Neil, data scientist and author of the blog mathbabe.org, warns that politicians are perilously close to being able to tell voters only what they want to hear.More

Cave - Jeremy Cantelli

Around 2 million years ago, it’s believed our hominin ancestors settled down and adopted a more communal style of living centered around...More

The thoroughly domesticated dog

Merrill Markoe loves dogs. She’s written two novels and many comic essays about our furry friends. Doug Gordon sat down to talk with her about how dogs became our besties.  More

Clicks

Even as you read this very sentence, you may be an unwitting victim of the attention merchants  — those sneaky and subversive salespeople who attract your attention and then resell it for a profit.More

Zoe Quinn

An impromptu guide from one of our guests on how to properly secure your online life.More

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