The week of November 15, 2015

The Bots Issue

The new kings of YouTube botting

By Chase Hoffberger

On YouTube, dirty deeds come dirt cheap.

Features

Is Hello Barbie every parent’s worst nightmare?

By Mary Emily O'Hara

The artificial intelligence children’s doll has spooked the market with suspicions of surveillance and data insecurity.

The quest to make giant robot battles the next NASCAR

By Selena Larson

The Japan vs. U.S. showdown is just the beginning.

Opinion

Our devices are not turning us into unfeeling robots

By Jenny Davis

Author and MIT professor Sherry Turkle suggests that technology makes us less empathetic and worse at talking to one another. But the truth isn’t that simple.

My dead coworker is now a Twitter spambot

By Nico Lang

Tweet in peace.