The Outline

The Future

The Future
The Future Jul 12

A Good Place: The happy accident of mistakenly logging onto gail.com

Gail knows you were trying to go to gmail but typed “gail.com” instead, and she’s fine with it.

The Future Jul 10

Lexus is betting big on millennials somehow having money

The Lexus UX is a rich old person’s idea of what a rich young person wants to drive.

The Future Jul 05

A Good Place: The website where lists are No. 1

DigitalDreamDoor.com ranks and categorizes music in more ways than you could possibly imagine.

The Future Jun 28

A Good Place: The comforting allure of a bad photo

The Twitter account Uninteresting Photographs is soothing in its banality.

The Future Jun 20

If PornHub wants to support a cause, start with sex worker rights

The site frequently attaches itself to causes of the day while taking advantage of the people who make its site possible.

The Future Jun 18

What I wouldn’t do for a good night’s sleep

The CBD backlash has already begun, but at least one product aimed at aspirational sleepers is attempting to answer those doubts.

The Future Jun 12

We should turn tech against the people who make it

A deepfake video of Mark Zuckerberg gleefully talking about the data he “stole” puts Facebook’s sanctimonious approach to moderation to the test.

The Future Jun 10

SnowFreak: The mysterious amateur taking weather reports by storm

Even with all the free services around, people are actually paying for Incremental weather updates by a dedicated enthusiast.

The Future Jun 07

Printers will always be terrible

As time goes on, printers will get worse and worse until none of us own one.

The Future Jun 06

Colonialism is alive in the exploited tech work force

Companies like Facebook and Google continue to unfairly burden English-speaking workers abroad with their worst kinds of labor.

The Future Jun 05

Behind the scenes with the hacktivists who took on Microsoft and the FBI

Two decades ago, the legendary hacking group Cult of the Dead Cow released a piece of software which helped change the way the world thinks about information security.

The Future Jun 05

Big business will always find a way into the cannabis industry

Many municipalities have attempted to set up equity programs to give a leg up to marginalized people who want an honest shot at selling cannabis, but they are still costly and byzantine.

The Future Jun 03

Why would anyone trust Apple with their data?

Every tech company has failed to protect us. Now Apple wants a shot.

The Future Jun 03

The end of the world will be a non-event

As long as we keep imagining one future climate catastrophe, we can ignore all the ones already here.

The Future May 31

A Good Place: Where motivation fails, discipline succeeds

A handful of subreddits give users encouragement and support to pursue even the smallest of personal habits through intention and discipline, from medication to creativity routines.

The Future May 30

Your Peloton yoga instructor will never know if you just do child’s pose the whole time

Peloton is a billion-dollar company that aims to bring virtual fitness instruction to the masses, but the benefits may be lost in digital translation.

The Future May 29

What it means when a Tinder match asks for your social media

How we move a conversation off dating apps has a number of nuances we’re still untangling.

The Future May 24

Here’s why it’s so hard for small businesses to sell CBD

Payment startups have policies against selling hemp-derived products, but larger retailers are allowed to slide while smaller ones get their service pulled.

The Future May 23

EatWith wants to reconnect you with your neighbors by sharing a meal together

Reconnecting with an old neighborhood might be as simple as having a meal with strangers.

The Future May 22

The cancer capital of America

Eastern Kentucky is poor, remote, and inadequately serviced, and those factors have led to alarming rates of cancer in the area.