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How Has Netflix Changed Entertainment?
Netflix has changed where we watch -- that's obvious. But has it also changed what we watch, and how?
Should We Be Afraid of AI in the Criminal Justi...
Could computers make the legal system more fair? Or is it inherently unjust to put a person’s life in the hands of an algorithm?
Influencers: Frauds or the Future of Online Com...
What the growing influencer industry can teach us about the future of life online.
The U.S. and China: A Tale of Two Surveillance ...
A look at two communities living under the microscope.
How Did the Far Right Take Over the Web?
How did the Web become one big media channel for the far right, and how can we make the Internet safe from extremism?
What Is Pornography Doing to Our Sex Lives?
We wade into the debate over pornography and determine what, if anything, can be said about its effect on our relationships.
Why Should We Care About Privacy?
The 200 year history of privacy in America, and what the new age of “surveillance capitalism” means for all of us.
Season 3 Trailer: Unbreak the Internet
Surveillance capitalism, porn wars, totalitarian AI in Brooklyn and Beijing, and other real-life dystopias
Tech Was Supposed to Be Society’s Great Equaliz...
In a special bonus episode, computer scientist and data journalist Meredith Broussard explains how “technochauvinism” derailed the dream of the digital revolution.
Can Artificial Intelligence Be Smarter Than a H...
Surely, AI technology has nothing that even closely resembles human imagination. Or does it?
Will We Ever Stop Eating Animal Meat?
We need more than moral arguments against meat. We need a technological revolution in better, cleaner food.
Can We Extend Human Lifespans to 150?
Some scientists see aging as a disease that can be cured—but what would immortality mean for humanity?
How Will Self-Driving Cars Change the World?
With autonomous technology, everything about our relationship to cars is about to change. Then what?
Should We Dim the Skies to Save the World?
Scientists are thinking seriously about an idea that might sound like something from a sci-fi dystopia.
Season 2 Trailer
Crazy/Genius is back with a new season featuring five ideas to save the world.
Should We Go to Mars?
Scientists and writers discuss whether colonizing Mars is the most important mission in the history of the human race, or an absurd daydream.
Why Haven’t We Found Aliens?
If the universe is so large and so old, why haven't we found life on other planets?
Who Killed Local News?
How the Internet broke the news business—and how journalism might survive in a post-advertising world.
Is Online Dating Destroying Romance?
Two sociologists debate the merits of online dating and discuss their research on the history of romance in America.
Are Smartphones Ruining Our Lives?
We ask psychologists and authors if smartphone and social media usage has triggered a national health crisis — and what we can do to free ourselves from the allure of modern technology.
Blockchain: The Next Internet, or the Next Bean...
What exactly is blockchain, how is it being used, and is the hype really worth it?
Should We Break Up Amazon?
Has the Everything Store become a dangerous monopoly threatening the U.S. economy?
Why Can’t Facebook Tell the Truth?
Is Facebook fixable, or is its business model designed to sell us lies?
A new series from The Atlantic about technology and culture. Starting May 10.