Science and Technology

Commuters wait in line for public buses.

China’s Social Credit System Is Actually Quite Boring

A supposedly Orwellian system is fragmented, localized, and mostly targeted at businesses.

A man touches a giant bronze sculpture of a mammoth.

The Woolly Mammoth’s Return Could Thaw Relations With Russia

An ambitious scientific project is a rare chance for cooperation.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies during a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Dec. 11, 2018.

Big Tech’s Stranglehold on Artificial Intelligence Must Be Regulated

The technology is too important to be left in the clutches of Silicon Valley.

Industrial robots prepare to attach doors to the body of an ID.3 electric car at a Volkswagen factory in Zwickau, Germany, on Feb. 25, 2020.

What Biden Can Learn From Europe’s Industrial Policy

It’s not about the size of a spending package but about sharing brainpower and creating networks.

Cubans protest outside Havana’s capitol.

Cuba Needs a Free Internet

The United States can play a key role in supporting online liberty.

A woman displays her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO Group in Herzliya, Israel, on Aug. 28, 2016.

Pegasus Lands in Africa

From Morocco to Rwanda, governments and their intelligence services have allegedly used spyware to target everyone including opponents, monarchs, and foreign leaders.

A woman walks in front of a crypto art exhibit.

The U.S.-China Data Fight Is Only Getting Started

Beijing is looking to build a unified legal and security system.

Workers protest Indian government’s spyware operation.

India’s Watergate Moment

A journalist hacked by Pegasus says he will survive, but Indian democracy may not.

David Morales stands near a mural on the side of his building he had painted to honor Jeff Bezos as the billionaire plans to launch his Blue Origin rocket from a launchpad in West Texas in Van Horn, Texas, on July 19.

Billionaires’ Ego-Driven Space Adventures Help Everyone

Progress doesn’t happen unless the ambitious get it off the ground.

A 5G sign at an event.

China Knows the Power of 5G. Why Doesn’t the U.S.?

New infrastructure technology will tip the scales in favor of authoritarianism or democracy worldwide.

Firm Zero-Emission Power

Firm Zero-Emission Power

The challenge for deep decarbonization of the grid


The Real-Life Risks of Our Digital World

Our reliance on data and devices has made us extremely vulnerable. The first step is knowing where everything is.

Lina Khan, nominee for commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, speaks at a Senate confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 21.

Lina Khan Has Her Own Antitrust Paradox

As the Federal Trade Commission chair, the best thing she can do to regulate tech is nothing.

The registration room in hut 6 at Bletchley Park on Oct. 22, 1943. British cryptographers used the intelligence center during World War II to decipher top-secret military communiques between Hitler and his armed forces.

How World War II Code-Breakers Created the Modern Digital World

In “Geniuses at War,” David A. Price convincingly recounts a heroic and tragic tale.

Sailors move an X-47B combat drone aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean on May 14, 2013.

Killer Flying Robots Are Here. What Do We Do Now?

A new generation of AI-enabled drones could be used to terrible ends by rogue states, criminal groups, and psychopaths.

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