Having your brain stuck in a big bag of meat and bone is pretty gross, huh? Some futurists claim that in a few decades we'll be able to (finally) upload our neural activity into a computer, and I talked with a researcher who's working on that.
While everyone else has been drooling over the potential battery tech in a possibly-never-to-materialize Apple watch, researchers in Japan were showcasing their own small-scale energy innovation: a cockroach-powered fuel cell.
The future is a place where you can get the urge to smoke some weed, whip out your smartphone, search different strains to find exactly what kind of high you're looking for, and then pick up an eighth at the pot shop closest to your current location. Oh.
On January 29, 2006, the digital art world lost one of its progenitors to a stroke. Nam June Paik's work is such a tour-de-force that immortality once seemed achievable for the South Korea-born artist. His pieces prodded, dissected, and interrogated the 2…
After being subjected to FDA-compliant testing, Soylent turned out to deliver just about precisely the amount of nutrients it promised. That should provide further comfort to the 20,000 consumers who will receive their Soylent next month.
The morning after he was arrested by IRS and DEA agents at the airport on accusations of money laundering, Bitcoin evangelist Charlie Shrem appeared in Manhattan criminal court, where a US attorney told a judge that the 24-year-old shouldn't be released o…
Has a book ever made you cry? Well, researchers at MIT have created a wearable, augmented book covered in sensors and actuators that tries to physically make you feel the characters' feelings as you read the story.
It takes too long for the US military to acquire new fighting machines. Ben FitzGerald, a rising star in future war strategy circles, thinks he can fix this problem with 3D printing, robotic assembly lines, and drones. A lot of them.
Less than a year ago, Rob Rhinehart had stopped eating food and begun living entirely on a greyish, macro-nutritious cocktail. Today, he's sold more than $2 million worth of Soylent to tens of thousands of post-food consumers worldwide and it's on track t…
The student, Viraj Puri, is one impressive teenager. He runs the blog Bullyvention, has worked directly with members of Congress, and now is teaming up with data scientists to develop a live index of bullying in communities around the country.
One of the great myths about online abuse is that it's pretty much the same for men and women. While male journalists writing about controversial subjects get plenty of abuse too, the sexualized, "you're a whore" tone taken with women is different, and th…
Infinity is selling its platform by promising men a world where they can Facebook-stalk women in real time, monitor their level of interest with an algorithm, and ultimately impress them by knowing what their astrological sign is.
The "sharing economy" paradigm can be a giant misnomer—the sort that encourages buzzword-laden tech talks and a cult following online. Attach "sharing" to anything, and, like green, it designates that thing as a good thing. Call it sharewashing.
This week on the VICE podcast, Reihan Salam sits down with Jason Q. Ng, author of the book Blocked on Weibo, which examines the keywords blocked on China's most important social media site, Sina Weibo.