The Outline

The Future

The Future
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.

The Future Jan 08

Hiding behind a veil of ignorance

There’s not much soul-searching at Facebook, only self-serving rationalizations.

The Future Jan 07

Giving corporations free money doesn't work

Business tax incentives are one of the great policy failures of our time.

The Future Dec 30

Horny pens for all

A new drug meant to stimulate a woman’s libido might not be for everyone, but if a woman thinks it might help, she deserves a chance to give it a shot.

The Future Dec 27

A Good Place: I want my ’90s TV

The sole goal of the YouTube aggregator My ’90s TV is recreating the bygone experience of channel-surfing.

The Future Dec 26

The city that never sleeps could use a nap

The lights keeping America’s cities lit at night are way too bright.

The Future Dec 26

Uber made it cheaper to take a helicopter than a car to the airport

It’s the unfortunate logical endpoint of our current transit mess.

The Future Dec 20

A Good Place: Going home with Google Street View

Dave Green’s Street View Show creates meaning out of surveillance technology.

The Future Dec 19

The WeWork effect

The company's sudden fall reveals the cracks in the startup economy.

The Future Dec 18

I like microwaves: a hot take

They’re ubiquitous and underappreciated. Let’s give the humble microwave its due.

The Future Dec 17

It should be easier to fake your own death

I’m not saying it’s a good idea, but having the option would be nice.

The Future Dec 17

Yes, sending Kurt Eichenwald a GIF can be a crime

A tweet that gave the journalist an epileptic seizure isn't covered by the First Amendment.