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The Future

The Future
The Future Feb 19

The Boy Scouts deserves its bankruptcy badge

The once iconic American institution filed for bankruptcy following years of declining membership and catastrophic scandal.

The Future Feb 14

A Good Place: I can’t stop looking at pickup truck ads on Craigslist

You can learn a lot about a person from the way they try to sell you a truck.

The Future Feb 07

What Acronym’s derailment in Iowa reveals about our broken system

And how combining clown-car political consulting with tech startups portends disaster.

The Future Feb 06

A Good Place: The happy accident of unintentional ASMR

Rather than sending a shiver down your neck, these clips capture the beautiful mundanity of everyday life.

The Future Feb 05

RIP Blackberry phones — you really fucked us over, but that keyboard was great

The phones that connected everyone to their jobs all the time will be missed.

The Future Feb 04

“Far and away the most disorganized place I’ve ever been a part of”: Inside Acronym’s disastrous foray into the Iowa caucuses

Shadow, a branch of the glossy digital strategy startup, was a mess from the start.

The Future Jan 31

A Good Place: The Facebook group celebrating the lonely, post-apocalyptic now

LoneCore is an aesthetic defined by everyday isolation.

The Future Jan 30

Robots don’t have to be so embarrassing

Why bother with clumsy scraps of metal when we could live in the world of “frogbot.”

The Future Jan 29

At last, you can take an Uber to see Meghan Markle's new house

Vancouver was the last real holdout against ride-hailing apps in North America — no more.

The Future Jan 28

There isn’t a fair way to kill a grocery store

The future of buying food may leave your favorite places behind.

The Future Jan 24

A Good Place: The best window shopping is on this video game website is a comforting space full of weird and inexpensive art.

The Future Jan 23

Podcast ads are a very hot media trend right now

Does having someone in your ear telling you about a some start-up actually make you want to sign up for it? No, and it will be at least two years until someone notices.

The Future Jan 16

Brands never say die

Payless ShoeSource is the latest zombie company to reemerge from bankruptcy.

The Future Jan 15

For whom the ratio trolls

Twitter's new “conversation dynamics” tools will benefit only its most elite users.

The Future Jan 14

If you could go to the moon for free, would you do it

The Outline investigates.

The Future Jan 13

The 5G revolution that isn't

So you’ll be able to watch ‘The Office’ on your phone a little faster. Is it worth it?

The Future Jan 10

I am beginning to suspect that having a massive following on YouTube does not make people happy

YouTube’s dominance over the internet has immense implications for how we interact with and interpret the world.

The Future Jan 10

A Good Place: Art History Instagram picks up where Art History Tumblr left off

It’s the perfect way to learn more about art without having to spend a bunch of money on art school.

The Future Jan 09

Why do we get sad when robots die?

It’s not about seeming “human” — it’s about the work machines do for us.

The Future Jan 09

If I’m lucky I’ll be able to buy an electric car before I’m dead

There are a mind-boggling number of elements that factor into a vehicle’s price, and throwing a battery-powered engine into the mix makes things even more complicated.