The machines are watching us. Computers, phones, hospitals and cars are all collecting data on us to serve us better. But how can we the consumers know when our data is working for us, not against us?
This is a story of heroic effort, decades of toil and a man obsessed with a utopian dream: to replace the written word with symbols. And how today's text message tools could have helped.
Search — not storage — is the biggest conundrum for big data.
Keep forgetting your mother's cell phone number? Don't worry. You're not alone. In this New Tech City interview, Columbia University Psychology professor Betsy Sparrow explains why it's so hard to remember things in the digital age and what you can do about it.
It seems totally contradictory, but that distracting device in your hand can also be your salvation for focusing your mind through meditation.
Unlike Twitter and Instagram, the video-sharing app Vine isn't dominated by celebrities. The most popular users are comedians, musicians and stop-motion artists who have built up a following through the app - some have even turned it into a full-time job.
Who are your favorite Vine-ographers in New York City? That's what we asked people in the Vine community in recent weeks. We've heard about dozens of incredible comedians, musicians, stop-motion artists and illustrators who bring New York to life with their six-second videos. Here are 10 of our favorites.
Hotels, dorms, offices, they all use digital door locks. Why don't the rest of us? New Tech City reviews some of the reasons holding back the evolution of the key and lock, a truly ancient technology. Plus, a few facts to help you decide if you should make the switch.
This week New Tech City is exploring wisdom in the workplace. Who has it? How do they get it? And can all those baby-faced founders of tech startups have it? Here are a few lessons from young CEOs and the people who work for them.
We've all seen people abuse, overuse and get confused by technology, from embarrassing auto-corrects to tweets that missed their mark. Bring us your best (or worst!) story, or confess your own, and we'll tell you how to turn it around when New Tech City hosts a live conversation about balancing the technology in your life on January 23 in The Greene Space.
Spike Jonzes' new movie forces us to ask how "real" love is when it's with artificial intelligence. And that's a very good thing to start thinking about.
Cicada 3301 — a shadowy person or organization behind two previous cryptographic challenges on the internet — unfurled a third set of puzzles Monday that is already boggling the minds of dozens of potential solvers. (For the full story, and solution, to the previous Cicada 3301 puzzles, listen to our latest podcast.)
An enigmatic message on the internet from an unknown source named “3301” sends thousands searching to solve ever increasingly complicated puzzles for the past two years. Will it happen again in 2014? This week on New Tech City, Cicada 3301. Can you solve it?