An internet-connected network of cameras and sensors in five states taps into the power of crowdsourcing and allows wildfires to be spotted quickly and more precisely. Graham Kent, the seismologist who helped create the system, explains how it works. A year ago, a grim new record was set. In November 2018,

We’ve been told that AI-driven cars will soon be all over our roads, but where are they? Writer Janelle Shane explains how our world with all its unpredictable challenges — things like pedestrians, sinkholes and kangaroos — are testing the capabilities of the most advanced artificial intelligence.

But there’s good news: the internet can help us dissolve these feelings and create new bonds of solidarity, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff.

Like many parents, technology researcher Jordan Shapiro knew little about video games — and what he knew, he didn’t like. But that’s what his kids wanted to play. Through exploration and experimentation, he found they can be used to teach valuable lessons and build togetherness.

Digital minimalist Cal Newport shows how you can turn off the information firehose and follow current events on your own terms. Are you ready to join the attention resistance?

It is no exaggeration to say that the American election system is complicated. Just look at the recounts, and think about your own voting experiences. Here’s what’s needed to bring the US into the 21st century — and help bring every citizen to the polls.

Google, Facebook, Amazon and others make their profits in two main ways: by collecting as much data as possible from us and by controlling what we pay for, says online security expert Bruce Schneier. And what does this all depend on? A vulnerable internet.