The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech

I used to work at the old, ink-stained New York Times, and we would sometimes go out drinking after putting the print paper to bed. There would often be one editor in the corner with a pile of singles that grew taller and taller. The bills were his generous tips for...

Computer Models, Epic Floods, and the Fate of Coastal Cities

Hurricanes with human names grab all the attention, but "sunny day" or "nuisance" flooding caused by high tides is wreaking havoc along the US coastline. In a report last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department of...

Robots Alone Can’t Solve Amazon’s Labor Woes

Today is Prime Day, that time of year when shoppers swarm Amazon’s discounted digital shelves. A few days later all that stuff will show up at your door, as if by capitalistic magic. But it’s not magic—it’s the product of an army of human packers in warehouses. And...

Can Sci-Fi Writers Prepare Us for an Uncertain Future?

What will 2050 be like? As our existential anxiety is fueled by a burning planet, eroding privacy, and geopolitical instability, it’s a question that big companies have to take seriously. So earlier this year, the international engineering firm Arup attempted to...