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The Future Sep 22
For the love of god, not everything is about cats

The foundation that administers the .cat domain for Catalonians just got raided by the Spanish police, but all the media wants to talk about is cats.

The Future Sep 21
Netflix, Microsoft, and Google just quietly changed how the web works

The organization that sets standards for the web just failed to beat back a stupid, greedy technology.

The Future Sep 18
YouTube is leaving its creators in the dark

The site is mass delisting videos from its ad program, spreading the sense of persecution in communities from LGBT to the alt-right.

The Future Sep 15
How to navigate the coming A.I. hypestorm

Many machine learning studies don’t actually show anything meaningful, but they spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

The Future Sep 12
Apple store patrons react to the new iPhone

The new iPhone is being announced today, and shoppers are confused.

The Future Sep 11
That study on artificially intelligent “gaydar” is now under ethical review

The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology is reviewing a controversial study after a backlash from scientists and LGBTQ advocates.

The Future Sep 11
Apple’s needless cult of secrecy

Apple subjects its employees to a culture of fear, but everything leaks anyway.

The Future Sep 11
These LinkedIn job postings requesting a ‘neutral accent’ are probably illegal

Discrimination laws forbid them, but some slip through anyway.

The Future Sep 07
Gamergate is never going away

Gamers will always make something up to get mad about.

The Future Sep 06
Paul Ford and the end of yesterday’s tomorrow

Episode 100 of ‘Tomorrow with Joshua Topolsky’

The Future Sep 06
The Node.js world is imploding

Another programming community is having a meltdown due to festering sexism.

The Future Sep 05
This 38-year-old study is still spreading bad ideas about addiction

The Rat Park study was flawed and its findings have been oversimplified, but it keeps getting cited.

The Future Sep 01
Climate change denial should be a crime

In the wake of Harvey, it’s time to treat science denial as gross negligence—and hold those who do the denying accountable.

The Future Aug 31
I now have equity in an alt-right Twitter clone

What now?

The Future Aug 29
I’m obsessed with this startup dog prison

A personal journey into a tech-y dog house service.

The Future Aug 28
“I guess we can’t do anything about it:” shoppers react to a new Whole Foods

Amazon's $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods was seen for the first time today.

The Future Aug 25
Facebook hired the worst person in media to work on “transparency”

Liz Spayd is a perfect fit at the social network.

The Future Aug 24
Why are there so many knobs in GarageBand?

Audio software is ugly and confusing. It doesn’t have to be this way.

The Future Aug 23
This video game depicts life in an ultra-nationalist dystopia

‘Black the Fall,’ inspired by Romanian communism, was designed to warn against totalitarianism.

The Future Aug 21
When the money runs out

Fresco News was a growing, promising startup, until it wasn’t.