Five unusual technologies for harvesting water in dry areas

From capturing fog to towing icebergs, these technologies could help reduce water shortages.

Vladimir Smakhtin, Director of the Institute for Water, Environment and Health, United Nations University • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

An army of sewer robots could keep our pipes clean, but they'll need to learn to communicate

In the future, tiny robots will inspect pipes for blockages and leaks.

Viktor Doychinov, Research Fellow in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds • conversation
Jan. 26, 2021 ~8 min

Five ways to manage your screen time in a lockdown, according to tech experts

During lockdowns, we live our lives through our screens. Here, tech experts share their tips on when - and how - to switch off.

Raian Ali, Professor, College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~8 min

Refugees are at risk from dystopian 'smart border' technology

Fears over the sinister side of artificial intelligence have become reality

Emre Eren Korkmaz, Researcher, University of Oxford • conversation
Dec. 8, 2020 ~6 min

What's cellular about a cellphone?

A professor of wireless communications explains the origins of cellular networks and how they evolved into today's 5G networks.

Daniel Bliss, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University • conversation
Nov. 20, 2020 ~7 min

Women equal men in computing skill, but are less confident

The gender gap in computing performance has dramatically narrowed, but a confidence gap remains.

William Wagner, Associate Professor of Accountancy & Information Systems, Villanova University • conversation
Sept. 28, 2020 ~4 min

A language generation program's ability to write articles, produce code and compose poetry has wowed scientists

GPT-3 is the biggest, most creative language generation program to date. But with awesome power comes awesome responsibility.

Prasenjit Mitra, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Sept. 23, 2020 ~8 min

The US has lots to lose and little to gain by banning TikTok and WeChat

Banning the Chinese-owned social media platforms raises free speech concerns and could worsen the US-China trade war.

Jeremy Straub, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, North Dakota State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~10 min

The tech field failed a 25-year challenge to achieve gender equality by 2020 – culture change is key to getting on track

Diversifying leadership can change organizational cultures, which removes barriers to women in the tech industry and academia.

Francine Berman, Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~8 min

A little-known technology change will make video streaming cheaper and pave the way for higher quality

A new standard for how videos are sent through the internet and read by your computer could make the digital world more inclusive, says media scholar Jason Schmitt.

Jason Schmitt, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, Media & Design, Clarkson University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min