9 Failed Designs That Would Have Changed Times Square Forever

Times Square is one big, incredible machine that has the sweet caress of capitalism to thank for its success as much as it does careful city planning. However, when the area was famously filthy in 1984, New York City contemplated a major intervention that would've changed the landscape of Midtown profoundly. » 8/26/14 9:00am Tuesday 9:00am

13 Unexpected Sources of Energy that Could Save the World

If humans are going to keep living in the style to which we're accustomed, we need to find alternatives for fossil fuels. Partly that's because we need to reduce pollution — and partly because those fossil fuels are going to run out. But alternative forms of energy may look a lot weirder than you think. » 3/31/14 6:11pm 3/31/14 6:11pm

Does anybody read books the right way any more?

And I'm not talking about paper versus digital. I'm talking about curling up with a good book, for hours. Sitting in a hammock, or in a chair by the fire, just totally pulled into a book. Is the long, totally focused book-reading session a thing of the past — and does this mean we're getting less immersed in our… » 3/03/14 6:39pm 3/03/14 6:39pm

Why You Should Upload Yourself to a Supercomputer

We're still decades — if not centuries — away from being able to transfer a mind to a supercomputer. It's a fantastic future prospect that makes some people incredibly squeamish. But there are considerable benefits to living a digital life. Here's why you should seriously consider uploading. » 1/09/14 3:18pm 1/09/14 3:18pm

9 Everyday Items We Never Want to Have Connected to the Internet

Are you ready for the Internet of Things? It's coming. Soon enough everything in your home will be plugged in to the net. Your refrigerator will know when you're out of milk, and order more via Amazon! There's no stopping this advance in human civilization — but here are nine items that we absolutely never want to… » 12/18/13 2:19pm 12/18/13 2:19pm

The 10 Rules of Surveillance Dystopia Stories

What do Person of Interest, Hunger Games and Minority Report have in common? They're all set in a surveillance dystopia, where They are watching your every move and controlling your life with electronic devices. Like all subgenres, these stories have rules. Here are the 10 rules* that define the surveillance dystopia. » 12/06/13 3:19pm 12/06/13 3:19pm

The Best "Psychic" Scam of All Time

Why do we believe people can predict the future? Usually because we remember the hits and forget the misses. Or in some cases, the misses are hidden from us. Like in my favorite "psychic" scam ever, which also happens to be the plot of a classic 1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode, "Mail Order Prophet." » 11/07/13 1:33pm 11/07/13 1:33pm

How Close Are We to Building a Full-Fledged Cyborg?

The dream of the cyborg is coming true at an exhilarating rate. As humans gets better and better at making machines, we keep attaching those machines to our bodies to make ourselves better humans. It seems at times that the only question left is if we can put a human brain in a robotic frame. Actually, it's not a… » 10/21/13 3:00pm 10/21/13 3:00pm

Hip-Hop From the Future: Inside Deltron's First New Record Since 2000

In May of 2000 three legends of hip-hop formed a supergroup and created something nobody saw coming: A futuristic, sci-fi rap album. Over the years, Deltron 3030 has developed an almost fanatical cult following. The long awaited sequel—officially released today—is likely to do the same. » 10/01/13 4:04pm 10/01/13 4:04pm