tech

Urban Giants

A short historical documentary about the intertwined telecom history of the Western Union and AT&T Long Lines buildings

Office Upgrades

The Workplace of the Future Design Competition revealed a wealth of fresh ideas and a bit of uncertainty about exactly where we’re headed.

For These Young Visionaries, Design is an Illusion

The artists featured here manipulate light and sound — water, even — to resensitize us to technological wonder.

Children of the Drone

Marcel Duchamp had his urinal. Andy Warhol had his soup can. James Bridle has his . . . drone? With his first major U.S. museum exhibition opening this week at Washington’s Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art & Design, the young British artist is spearheading a conceptual-art movement—“the New Aesthetic”—through Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram, […]

Screen Play

For today’s kids, the line between the physical and the digital is often a seamless blur.

Is Apple Out of Ideas?

Apple is done. Or rather, they’ve done it. They’re on their way to perfecting the vision laid out 30 years ago at the twin dawn of the personal computer and the Internet: wireless, glowing screens of infinite potential. But at the moment even the most sensitive Apple Kremlinologists are coming up quiet about any new breakthrough machine on the horizon.

Why the iPhone May Be the Greenest Technology We’ve Ever Seen

What is the environmental impact of a smartphone? Turns out the news is good: From production to use to recycling, these phones are the little engines that could.make a difference.

TED Talk: What is the Internet, really?

When a squirrel chewed through a cable and knocked him offline, journalist Andrew Blum started wondering what the Internet was really made of. So he set out to go see it — the underwater cables, secret switches and other physical bits that make up the net.

Speed Trap

We built the Internet. Now we’re stuck with it.

Don’t Be Fooled by the Cloud

The fantasy of “the cloud” creates an obfuscation that threatens the health and future of the real, physical network. To imagine a future for the network that isn’t only blisteringly fast but also brazenly free requires knowing something of its existing structure — knowing where our internet comes from.

Google Thinks You’re Stupid

Google doesn’t trust anyone—people, officials, even governments—to understand anything. As a result, it is the most secretive Internet entity—and disingenuous about that secrecy.

Here’s What Facebook IPO Money Can Buy (WSJ Speakeasy blog)

Facebook’s IPO today will raise more than $18 billion dollars. We tend to think of that amount of money as different kinds of abstractions, but a significant portion of it can be thought of in these more tangible terms.