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Don’t Despair: Big Ideas Can Still Change The World

Friedman deployed every means possible to spread his ideas, building a repertoire of lectures, op-­eds, radio interviews, TV appearances, books, and even a documentary.In the preface to his bestselling Capitalism and Freedom, he wrote that it is the duty of thinkers to keep offering...

The VA’s New App Tries to Reach Vets Wherever They Live

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs operates one of the country’s largest telemedicine programs, with some 700,000 veterans receiving medical care and advice via their computers and mobile devices last year alone. Now, the VA is announcing a drastic expansion of that program...

Facebook’s Aggressive Moves on Startups Threaten Innovation

In 2010, Foursquare cofounder Naveen Selvadurai believed that his company, and several other social-media upstarts—Twitter, Tumblr, Path—could carve out successful niches against Facebook.But Facebook had other plans. That year the company introduced a feature that allowed users to “check in” at any location, a...

Self-Driving Car Tech Can Help Another Form of Transport: Wheelchairs

Autonomous vehicle technology often prompts discussions about profit, safety, efficiency, jobs, and more. But this innovation can change millions of lives today without introducing a single car to the road. Think: self-driving wheelchairs.I have a progressive disease, multiple sclerosis, which has now rendered me...

Trump’s First Year in Office: The Lasting Impacts on Tech

As a candidate for president, Donald J. Trump scarcely mentioned the word "tech." One year since he took the oath of office, that hasn't changed much. And yet just a year in, the Trump administration has shaped policy in ways that will radically alter...

Bugs Will Actually Make Your Next Phone Better

The recipe for the phone of tomorrow may call for some unlikely biological bits: the eyeball of a beetle, the fine hairs of a cricket, the scales of a butterfly wing. In everything from cameras to batteries, researchers are pursuing biomimicry—basically, copping nature’s secrets....