The week of March 6, 2016

SXSW 2016

The complicated past (and future) of esports on TV

By Samuel Lingle

With ELEAGUE, Turner is betting it can turn competitive gaming into household entertainment. It’s certainly not the first to try.


Inside the fandom behind the runaway success of ‘Hamilton’

By Aja Romano

By engaging Tumblr in creative ways, Hamilton proved Broadway can thrive in the Internet era.

The wild world of getting paid to whisper

By Selena Larson

ASMR’s biggest star wants will take whispering into virtual reality.

The yearslong quest to make the ‘Star Trek’ tricorder a reality

By Chris Stokel-Walker

Science fiction says the medical tricorder—portable, able to diagnose any illness, usable by anyone—is invented around 2266. Inventor Jonathan O’Halloran doesn’t want to wait that long.

Will the singularity mean the death of religion?

By Dylan Love

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

Tim Cook’s battle for the future of encryption

By Patrick Howell O'Neill

The Apple CEO’s has become the de facto leader of the tech industry in the so-called Crypto War.

How sex trafficking victims get trapped in the system

By Mary Emily O'Hara

The disturbing case of Michigan teen Latesha Clay illustrates how the courts in some states are failing to protect sex trafficking victims.


The rise of the creative class is the end of retirement

By Nico Lang

A “creative” job is no consolation if you’re essentially facing the end of retirement.