Robots don’t need vacations or medical insurance. And in areas such as agriculture, where farmers can’t find enough people to pick the produce, robots can shoulder (do they have shoulders?) some of those tasks. But polls show that the growing robotization of the planet makes us feel deeply uncomfortable—and threatened.
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A YEAR ON THE EDGE
A DEADLY VIRUS. LIVES IN LOCKDOWN. PASSIONATE CALLS FOR JUSTICE. THE IMAGES OF 2020 CAPTURED THE HUMANITY OF A TURBULENT TIME.
Celebrating in the Pandemic
WE’RE MISSING HOLIDAY CLOSENESS JUST WHEN WE NEED IT MOST. BUT EVEN GRIM, UNCERTAIN TIMES HOLD SPARKS OF LOVE AND LIGHT.
PUTTING ARTIFICIAL LIGHT IN A NATURAL ENVIRONMENT ADDS AN ILLUMINATING KIND OF AWE.
ERIKA CUÉLLAR SOTO
She helps Indigenous people protect the ‘magic’ of their lands. When Bolivian conservation biologist Erika Cuéllar Soto saw the sunrise over the Gran Chaco for the first time, in 1997, she knew she was somewhere special.
The Celebrity At The Zoo
Almost everybody loves Pandas. After a year documenting a newborn cub, a photographer remembers when she did too.
The Cost Of Harming Nature
The pandemic proves it: By damaging the planet, we have sapped nature’s power to protect us from diseases.
Meet The Machines In Our Future
Humankind has a complicated relationship with robots. On one hand, we appreciate how they can do dangerous, repetitive work so we don’t have to.
When Virtual Life Turns Into Quarantine
MY GENERATION THRIVES IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD. BUT WHEN COVID-19 CUT US OFF FROM THE PHYSICAL WORLD, SOMETHING WAS LOST
What We Don't Learn From History
IT’S APPARENTLY humankind’s fate never to stop writing the history of pandemics. No matter how often they occur—and they do occur with great frequency—we collectively refuse to think about them until circumstances demand it.
WATER EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE
A 2,400-MILE TREK ACROSS INDIA REVEALS THE MYSTICAL LURE OF ITS SACRED RIVERS—ANDA CRISIS THAT THREATENS A WAY OF LIFE.
The 5G Factor
The next generation of telecommunications is coming to a hotel near you – and changing the stay as we know it
Pittsburgh Turns To Technology As A New Economic Force
Pittsburgh turns to technology as a new economic force.
Paging Dr. Robot: Artificial Intelligence Moves Into Care
The next time you get sick, your care may involve a form of the technology people use to navigate road trips or pick the right vacuum cleaner online.
Science Pioneers - Bringing Us Robots, Renewable Power And Food Made From Air
Robot co-workers, lifesaving A.I., and food made from the air we breathe. These innovators are engineering the future.
Can 5G Save The Planet?
Climate Change’s Unlikely Ally
Making It On Mars
If humans want to create a lasting presence on the Red Planet, they’ll have to live off the dirt beneath their feet.
Inside Uber's Innovation
What does success look like at Uber? The company has famously had its share of scandals, and its IPO earlier this year disappointed investors, but in a letter to his staff, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote that “our true north will be determined over the long term.” Much of that long-term vision is explored here, in a recently renovated industrial complex in San Francisco called Pier 70, which once housed shipbuilders and ironworkers but is now home to Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group. The employees in this space work on projects far outside Uber’s core ride-hailing business—they’re designing and developing self-driving vehicles, plans for aviation sharing, and the company’s JUMP bikes and scooters. And they get out of the office a lot: Working on transportation often means going along for the ride.
AI will bring many wonders. It may also destabilize everything from nuclear détente to human friendships. We need to think much harder about how to adapt.
Should You Buy STEM Toys For Your Kids?
As Joey Fortuna found out, it doesn’t matter how educational a toy is if kids don’t want to play with it.
The Stock-Buy Back Swindle
American corporations are spending trillions of dollars to repurchase their own stock. The practice is enriching CEOs—at the expense of everyone else.