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I'm Farhad Manjoo, Tech Columnist at the New York Times, and This Is How I Work

There’s something about Farhad. Tech reporters can quickly become jaded and cynical about their work, but Farhad Manjoo’s lucid writing lacks any sense of needless snark when he discusses how technology affects our lives. Though when I talk about Farhad’s writing, I’m really talking about his tweets. » 8/27/15 6:25pm Thursday 6:25pm

Oculus Founders Explain Why You'll Likely Stay Seated In Virtual Reality

Oculus has a incredible product: a headset that can make you feel like you’re in another world. With its upcoming motion controllers, Oculus Touch, you can even reach out and grab virtual objects. But a competing headset, the HTC Vive, will let you walk around in VR too—and it’ll ship this year, before Oculus can make… » 6/26/15 9:45am 6/26/15 9:45am

Hacker Drama Mr. Robot Is Scary, Paranoia-Inducing, and Awesome

If you could hack into an evil corporation’s bank account and shuffle its wealth to the 99%, would you? That’s the Anonymous-era quandary a young, brilliant hacker grapples with in the new USA drama, Mr. Robot, which premiers tonight at 10 p.m. I got a chance to hang out with the cast as they were filming in New York. » 6/24/15 10:02am 6/24/15 10:02am

Microsoft's HoloLens Has a Huge Flaw That Won't Be Solved By Launch

Microsoft’s Kudo Tsunoda is one of the men in charge of HoloLens, a headset that lets you see virtual objects as if they existed in the real world. At E3 2015, he told me a bit about what we can expect from Microsoft’s holographic computer at launch—and admitted that one key issue will still need some ironing out. » 6/22/15 9:20pm 6/22/15 9:20pm

Here's How You Would Really Become Like Batman

Neuroscientist and kinesiologist E. Paul Zehr has studied how a person might actually become Batman, looking at the physiology, training, and will that a person would need. And he told us how, even if you’ll never be ready for the Justice League, you can still become more like the Dark Knight. » 5/15/15 4:18pm 5/15/15 4:18pm

Ex Machina Director Alex Garland Talks Robots, Paranoia, and Old Futures

Alex Garland’s new movie Ex Machina is a dark and sometimes disturbing look at robots, artificial intelligence, and what it means to be human. I talked with Garland about his childhood expectations for the future, why people don’t seem to care about the Snowden leaks, and whether Ray Kurzweil is full of shit. Ex… » 5/07/15 12:41pm 5/07/15 12:41pm

The Truth Behind The POWER/RANGERS Short, And How You Helped Save It

Last week, director Joseph Kahn dropped his "dark as f*ck" POWER/RANGERS short. Soon, it was pulled from the internet, but now it's back in full NSFW glory. So what happened? In an exclusive interview, Kahn explains how the internet saved his short. Plus why he doesn't think the real Power Rangers show should be this… » 3/02/15 2:38pm 3/02/15 2:38pm

Meet the 'Real-Life Q' Who Builds Secret Spy Gadgets for a Living

I grew up watching James Bond films. My favorite part was always the same: the part where "Q" would outfit our hero with the latest in spy technology. Ralph Osterhout also grew up loving Bond — but he took it to the next level. He spent his life building real spy gadgets, for operators in the field. » 2/18/15 9:00am 2/18/15 9:00am

How The Wachowskis Tried To Shoot "The Most Beautiful Chase Ever Filmed"

Co-directors Andy and Lana Wachowski only had six minutes every day to shoot a single giant chase scene for their space opera Jupiter Ascending. Why could they only film the chase at one time of day? They explain in our exclusive interview. Plus they tell io9 why they're so obsessed with telling stories about "The… » 2/04/15 4:13pm 2/04/15 4:13pm

Qualcomm Says Wearables Aren't a Fad, And It Might Just Be Right

"This trend is not going away," says Pankaj Kedia, the head of Qualcomm's new wearables business unit. "This is not a fad." Of course he'd say that—his job depends on it. But who other than Qualcomm—the company which dominates the mobile industry—would know for sure? So I grilled Qualcomm's wearables boss about our… » 1/05/15 1:35pm 1/05/15 1:35pm

How Neal Stephenson Is Helping To Make Snow Crash's Metaverse A Reality

Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking." » 12/16/14 1:37pm 12/16/14 1:37pm

The First Pitch For Interstellar: "We're Not F--ing Going" To Space

Interstellar is an epic movie about space exploration with promising tag lines like "Go Further." But in reality, the pitch that landed screenwriter Jonathan Nolan the Interstellar gig sprung from his fear that humans had peaked at one flag on the moon. Here's our exclusive interview with Interstellar writer Nolan. » 11/04/14 3:19pm 11/04/14 3:19pm