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Why We Can't Solve Big Problems

Has technology failed us?

Increasingly, Robots of All Sizes Are Human Workmates

Even conventional industrial robots are becoming safer to work around, making them more likely to collaborate with humans.

Agile Robots

Computer scientists have created machines that have the balance and agility to walk and run across rough and uneven terrain, making them far more useful in navigating human environments.

Oculus Rift

Thirty years after virtual-reality goggles and immersive virtual worlds made their debut, the technology finally seems poised for widespread use.

Neuromorphic Chips

Microprocessors configured more like brains than traditional chips could soon make computers far more astute about what’s going on around them.

Perspective on 10 Breakthrough Technologies

Mobile Collaboration

The smartphone era is finally getting the productivity software it needs.

The Myth of a Free Internet

A 2001 essay warned ­advocates of free expression not to delude themselves into thinking the Internet can never be controlled.

SpaceX Brings a Booster Safely Back to Earth

The successful test of a soft touchdown demonstrates a capability that could cut the cost of space launches significantly.

For Project Ara, It’s Module—Not App—Ideas Wanted

It’s still early days for Google’s modular smartphone effort, but developers and enthusiasts are already thinking about the swappable components they may build.

A Better Breed of News App

Mobile news curation uses human editors and good design to improve the experience of reading the news on smartphones.