Columns for Scientific American

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Credit: Jay Bendt

Credit: Jay Bendt

Goodbye, Phone Calls. Hello, Loneliness

Can you really “reach out and touch someone” via text?

November 2019


 
Credit: Jay Bendt

Credit: Jay Bendt

Aviation Is On a Low-Carbon Flight-Path

Buy offsets if you want, but for real hope, look to electric planes

October 2019


 
Credit: Jay Bendt

Credit: Jay Bendt

Apple’s Amazing New Screen

It will revamp our ideas of what a display can do

September 2019


 
Credit: Jay Bendt

Credit: Jay Bendt

Despite What You Might Think, Major Technological Changes Are Coming More Slowly Than They Once Did

Major technological shifts are fewer and farther between than they once were

August 2019


 
Credit: Jay Bendt

Credit: Jay Bendt

We Should Be More Worried about Climate Change Than We Are about Nuclear Power

Climate change scares me more than the risk of meltdowns

July 2019


 
Credit: Jay Bendt

Credit: Jay Bendt

Virtual Assistants Are Getting Smarter All the Time. Can We Trust Them with Our Data?

Virtual assistants are getting smarter. Let's think about how that will play out

June 2019


 
Credit: Jay Bendt

Credit: Jay Bendt

How to Get Away from Facebook’s “Emotion Pump”

Are there better social technologies than Facebook?

May 2019


 
Credit: Wren McDonald

Credit: Wren McDonald

Machines That Read Your Brain Waves

How to make sure noninvasive neural interfaces stay that way

April 2019


 
Credit: Jay Bendt

Credit: Jay Bendt

And the Laptop Played On

Technology is upending how music is made

March 2019


 
Credit: Zara Picken

Credit: Zara Picken

Getting Out of Silicon Valley’s Shadow

You don't need programmers or venture capitalists for a thriving local economy

February 2019