Hilarious TV Ads From The Dawn Of The Home Computer Era

The computer revolution didn't come into people's homes overnight. There was a long period when the public was still discovering all the things they could do if they owned a computer — and this led to some truly outrageous TV ads. Check out the most hilarious and creative classic home computer ads ever made. » 3/26/15 3:29pm Thursday 3:29pm

What's Your First Memory Of Using A Computer?

Whether you learned your letters off of a laptop's keyboard or the changing times forced one on you later in life, we want to know about the first time you used a computer. Ever. » 2/19/15 7:00am 2/19/15 7:00am

Is the DIY Drone Movement About to Launch a Billion-Dollar Industry?

Back in the 1970s, hobbyists like Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak built homebrew computers that eventually fueled the lucrative PC revolution. Now, a new movement of hobbyists is trying to imitate this DIY strategy to jumpstart the drone industry. But can today's calculated drone entrepreneurialism really be considered… » 2/10/15 12:30pm 2/10/15 12:30pm

In 1976, Arthur C. Clarke Knew A Lot About Cell Phones And The Internet…

Vintage interviews of Arthur C. Clarke predicting the future of computing continue to surface. Here's one from 1976, just released by the AT&T Tech Channel, which contains even more spot-on description of what communications will look like in the future. As in, today. As in, internet and smartphones and maybe even… » 2/04/15 11:58am 2/04/15 11:58am

Adorable Article From 1990 Warned That Marketers Were Buying Your Data

Do you ever worry about what Google and Facebook are doing with all of your personal information? Well, they worried about all that stuff in 1990 too. Only the people of that era were concerned that it was being sold to marketers on computer disks. (Awww, cute.) » 1/22/15 6:45pm 1/22/15 6:45pm

Cumberbatch Nails It, But The Imitation Game Still Disappoints

New Yorker Reminds You To Keep Installing The Patches For Your Bible

If the Bible was a piece of software, the constant version updates and theological revisions would probably result in something as buggy as heck. The New Yorker's Megan Amram gives a pretty hilarious look at the version-control challenges in the Good Book, and it's enough to make Windows 8 look good. » 11/21/14 7:12pm 11/21/14 7:12pm

The True Story of the Computer Worm that Took Down a Nuclear Facility

The Stuxnet worm was the first known example of a digital weapon developed by the U.S. government — and it actually worked. Discovered in 2010, it had already destroyed several nuclear centrifuges in Iran. Now, veteran computer security reporter Kim Zetter has an action-packed book about it. We've got an excerpt. » 11/07/14 2:36pm 11/07/14 2:36pm

How Ada Lovelace Became Famous Again

The career of computer science pioneer Ada Lovelace has been shrouded in mystery since her death in 1852. Even today her contributions to science are often overshadowed by the Victorian equivalent of Twitter gossip about her life. And yet that gossip is part of what made her life so futuristic. » 10/28/14 3:55pm 10/28/14 3:55pm

The BBC Is Teaching Kids How To Program Their Own Dalek

A Doctor Who game being released by the BBC this week requires much more than a game controller or a computer mouse. Instead, players must solve puzzles through a series of commands that teach the basics of programming and coding skills. The fate of the universe depends on your ability to help a rogue Dalek survive. » 10/21/14 6:40am 10/21/14 6:40am

How Algorithms Can Become as Prejudiced as People

We're in an era when major decisions are being made by algorithms poring over large datasets. They regulate everything from the stocks we trade, to where we put police officers in cities — and sometimes these algorithms suffer from the exact same prejudices that people do. » 9/24/14 2:08pm 9/24/14 2:08pm

Impostor Cell Phone Towers Could Be Controlling Your Mobile

This map shows the locations of 17 mysterious cell towers in the United States that aren't part of any known cell phone provider network. Nobody knows where they came from, but they are busily intercepting the communications of any mobile in signal range. What happens next probably isn't good. » 9/03/14 7:51pm 9/03/14 7:51pm

Giant Chinese Bitcoin Mines Are the Foundation of the Next Economy

The digital currency Bitcoin has fluctuated in value, but it seems unlikely to go away in the immediate future. And part of its ongoing strength depends on Bitcoin farms, where virtual value is mined in enormous factories » 8/14/14 7:20am 8/14/14 7:20am

Messages From Your Old Abandoned Computer, Which Has Achieved AI

While old, Windows 95 Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks is amazing. Made by Neil Cicierega, it's such a good idea, we'd love to see a movie with the plot of a computer with Windows 95, stored in the attic, developing sentience, and going insane. Someone make this. » 7/30/14 1:30am 7/30/14 1:30am

Play Spacewar!, The Pentagon-Funded Video Game From 1962

The launch of Sputnik prompted a U.S. government spending spree to achieve technological dominance over the Soviets. Among the recipients of this largesse were MIT engineers, who designed a computer simulation called Spacewar! Inspired by the sci-fi books of E.E. Smith, it was the world's first videogame. » 7/28/14 6:40am 7/28/14 6:40am

Hilariously Useless Comments About Science from the US Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is not composed of scientists. We've seen this before. But they do end up hearing a lot of cases that involve science, and are forced to describe the concepts and technology before them. They do not always rise to the challenge. » 7/18/14 2:15am 7/18/14 2:15am

Dorky, Snarky Artistic Interpretations of Famous Computer Viruses

In the fanciful "Computer Virus Catalogue," you'll find weird artistic interpretations of some of the most well-known computer viruses in history. They range from very literal to extremely surreal — and most capture the destructive, adolescent spirit that drives people to make viruses in the first place. (Mildly NSFW) » 7/16/14 6:12pm 7/16/14 6:12pm

This Machine Can Learn About the World Just by Watching It

It's a possible step on the road to a total surveillance AI like the one in Person of Interest. Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a computer program that teaches itself everything there is to know about any visual concept — without any human supervision. » 6/13/14 1:00pm 6/13/14 1:00pm