2015 was a banner year for science fiction; Motherboard’s resident sci-fi editors, Claire Evans and Brian Merchant, review the year of Mad Max, Ex Machina, and, yes, Star Wars. These are the top stories about the future of 2015.
Transhumanism, the idea that humans should use science and technology to extend our natural abilities, is the religion of the 21st century. It’s a concept that has been around since the 70s, but seems to be resonating with a growing number of people. Whether it’s because of the rise of smartphones, the idea of the
The New York City subway is sprawling system, with more than 5 million people per day (and sometimes many more, on special occasions) passing through more than 460 stations. There is probably someone who knows more about the intricacies of the system than Max Diamond, but whoever it is, I don’t know him or her.
Ever heard of a cryptoparty? It’s a gathering of people interested in privacy and encryption. You’ll often hear of cryptoparties in association with other techy, geeky spaces or organizations, and they’re usually dominated by computer-savvy nerds who are often male or white or both. But recently, Motherboard attended a cryptoparty in a less obvious place:
Earlier this fall, we brought you the curious story of a long lost lunar rover prototype tested by NASA in the 1960s. At the time, we decided to keep some of the details off the record, but for this week’s podcast, we delve deep into the rover’s history and its journey from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight
It’s Lit Up week at Motherboard, which means we’re talking about drugs. And what’s more fun than that? Weekend/gaming editor Emanuel Maiberg and managing editor Adrianne Jeffries pop some Alpha BRAIN and OptiMind to try and perk up the podcast. We drag in Steve Cronin, a self-taught nootropics expert, to talk about the smart drug
Earlier this week, Motherboard published a year-long investigation that revealed the Pentagon has been sending defective gun parts to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. In more than 60 cases, the barrels of guns have literally exploded and, in at least one case, a soldier was seriously injured. Radio Motherboard talks with reporter Damien Spleeters
Did you hear? Fallout 4, the video game for people who are serious about video games, is finally out. Do you care? If you’re reading this rather than obsessively exploring a post nuclear disaster Boston, maybe not. Or maybe you’re just taking a break. The game is the latest “AAA” release from Bethesda Softworks, a
One time, I misjudged the depth of a creek, stepped in, and was literally in over my head. Not that big of a problem, except I had various electronics in my backpack. As thousands (millions?) of people have done, I stuck my phone and camera in a bowl of rice and waited. A few days
It’s been an astoundingly good couple years for television shows and movies that fit into the Motherboard orb of interest. Whenever people ask me what Motherboard is, I tell them we write about stories that are like Black Mirror, but real. Now, I’ve got to add Mr. Robot to my short list of major series that
It’s almost Halloween, so Motherboard is exploring the very nature of fear. Why do we still get scared by things that no longer represent any threat to us? How has technology changed how we feel fear? And what happens in a culture that reveres death? This week, Kaleigh Rogers and Jason Koebler talk with Naomi
When you log into Facebook, you’ll see a list of “suggested friends.” They’re full of people you went to high school with, random colleagues, and a bunch of people that you do sort of know … but why does Facebook know that you know them? Motherboard contributor Kari Paul talks to us about her investigation