What will life be like when digital brains outnumber humans?

These days, people worry about robots stealing our jobs. But maybe we should be more concerned about massive populations of computerized human brains. Called "ems," these infinitely-reproducible brains could change the world. Here's what will happen when digital brains vastly outnumber biological ones. » 2/24/14 11:00am 2/24/14 11:00am

Economic study suggests we're heading for a Blade Runner future

Earlier this month, a group of economists released the results of a massive study looking at the economic prospects of people from across the United States. What they found was that the U.S. is like a patchwork quilt of different countries, where some regions offer people the economic prospects of a typical developed… » 2/19/14 3:55pm 2/19/14 3:55pm

The U.S. is helping China's smog reach all the way back to America

China may be the world's leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, but newly published findings show that much of the country's pollution is generated by the manufacture of goods for other nations, including the U.S. The irony: Pollution wafting overseas from China has a sizable impact on air quality along… » 1/23/14 9:30am 1/23/14 9:30am

Read this if you want the internet to live

In a somewhat obscure legal ruling, a judge has declared that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission does not have the power to prevent network carriers like AT&T from regulating the content that goes over their wires. Here's why this could mean the infopocalypse. » 1/15/14 3:07pm 1/15/14 3:07pm

Is Bitcoin evil or just dumb?

There's been a digital cash rush over the past few months, with Bitcoin rising in value from $13.50 to over $1000 in 2013. Economist Paul Krugman calls Bitcoin "evil," while economics-obsessed scifi author Charles Stross says he wishes it would die in fire. Why do they think Bitcoin will usher in the econopocalypse? » 1/06/14 9:40am 1/06/14 9:40am