Infectious disease doctors in Brazil — as well as mothers of infants born with microcephaly — are using WhatsApp to diagnose and cope with the Zika-caused illness.
Two Virginia Tech students, David Eisenhauer, 18, and Natalie Keepers, 19, are at the center of a murder investigation. So is the social media app Kik.
Wading into the gun control debate, Facebook has announced it will restrict person-to-person sales of firearms on its platform.
Two Rice University students have created "TrumpScript," a programming language Donald Trump would approve of.
Our behaviors are measured, assessed, and evaluated in increments, all the little things we do. The future isn’t solely about big data; it's about little data and its risky union with big data.
A four-month–old little girl is alive today because of an inexpensive virtual reality device made by Google.
We have a relationship with the Internet that influences and, in some cases, drives our behaviors. Some would call it an addiction.
The immersive nature of virtual reality is worrying. We need to fully understand the path we’re headed down as new technologies are seemingly recreating our physical, kinetic lives.
Hello Barbie, the new interactive doll from Mattel, has some security flaws. As the Internet of Things becomes a reality, manufacturers must make security a priority.
"Humans are allergic to change,” Grace Hopper once said. “They love to say, 'We've always done it this way.' I try to fight that. That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise."
The Internet is contributing to the demise of 95 percent of the world's languages. Paradoxically, Google may have the solution.
Alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl is the subject of this season's popular podcast Serial and he practically confessed to desertion on it.
Technology companies are under pressure to remove violent, terrorist content from their sites. Who should decide what gets removed?
People who believe that vague, mundane, vacuous quotes are truly profound also show indications of decreased cognitive ability.
This weekend, StoryCorps is asking us to interview our older relatives about their lives and upload it to the Library of Congress. What a wonderful way to spend your holiday.
Most of us are reasonable, thoughtful people. Why can't we stop texting, emailing, and posting status updates while driving?
Why does much of the world stubbornly resist data and email encryption? Why don’t we enable it on all our devices all the time?
We build tools, and those tools determine, construct, and guide our lives. Should we welcome the assistance that artificially intelligent machines provide?
Modern, 21st century technology gives us access to data that, until now, was hard to find and tough to decipher. Is "knowing" everything a good thing?
Last year almost 80 billion videos were watched on Pornhub, the world's largest repository of free online porn. No wonder Playboy has to rethink its revenue stream.
Ever want to get rid of the link to that pic of you doing a keg stand? Google can help. And it's pretty creepy.
Until the Internet was allowed on commercial flights, the solution to assuage my fear of flying was to find the nearest airport pub and throw a few back before boarding the plane. That’s all changed.
In an attempt to be original, to stand out amongst the almost 300 million other selfies on Instagram, we actually fade into the background. We become mundane. Photos are no longer about remembering an event; they’re about displaying. They’re about showing the world who we are, who we wish to be. And it's damaging our ability to remember.
Fueled by mobile apps, easy access, and lax oversight, Fantasy sports betting has rapidly risen in the last year. Companies like DraftKings and FanDuel generate income that rivals traditional sports betting, primarily because US lawmakers exempted fantasy sports from a decades-long ban of online gambling.
Lately, we’ve become so infatuated with creating the next big thing, rushing headlong into crafting new technologies that we’ve neglected to think through the ethics of it. Just because we can doesn’t mean we should.
Using technology is like having sex. We like the fun, the feelings, and the connection with others. But if aren’t mindful of downstream consequences like having babies, spreading disease, and dealing with psycho ex-lovers, we can end up in situations that we never anticipated.
Jason is an expert in technology, investigations, and cyber security and has worked with governments, the private-sector, and non-governmental organizations to identify threats and opportunities that will shape the future. As Chief of Innovation for Thomson Reuters Special Services, Jason facilitates, oversees, and executes long-term solutions to emerging technology challenges. The views expressed are his alone and do not necessarily represent the views of Thomson Reuters or Thomson Reuters Special Services.
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