Through creative off-label uses of technology, some people have improved close relationships and their health.
Whether a technology helps or hurts someone depends not on how much time he spends with it, but how he uses it.
Record companies released stereo demonstration albums that showcased how sound could move from left to right, creating a sense of movement.
From the collection of Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder
Sixty years ago, stereo promised to forever change the way people listened to music. But how could record companies convince customers to buy a new record player, speakers and amplifier?
Some women use fertility apps to track the chances of pregnancy.
Fertility apps aim to help women understand their bodies. But while some find tracking their data a positive experience, others may feel burdened or trapped.
Under pressure, young entrepreneurs would tend to forget to take into account the effects of their ambitions on their surroundings.
The enthusiasm for business creation is not without negative consequences, especially for the many who fail. However, the "all entrepreneurs" discourse remains predominant.
Drones are low cost and easy to operate.
Drones are low cost and easy to operate. They give quality, high resolution outputs, and can be deployed fast and often.
Just sitting on a park bench, completely ignoring each other.
Americans are spending almost three and a half hours on their phones and tablets every day, twice the amount just five years ago. A behavioral scientist offers a few tips on how to take control.
Rush hour in Vancouver, B.C. Has North America reached Peak Car?
With car manufacturers closing down factories, and self-driving technologies improving and becoming more widely accepted, have we reached Peak Car?
Researchers have found people use the ‘like’ button on social media posts for many reasons.
The 'like' button does far more than just express how much a person likes a particular picture or post. It could be used to make social comparisons.
People ride Bird scooters – without helmets – in Santa Monica, California.
Motorized scooters that can travel up to 15 miles per hour have soared in popularity over the past year, as have concerns about their safety.
Modern life is weakening your bones.
Analysis of bones from over hundreds and thousands of years ago suggests that our skeleton today is more fragile than that of our ancestors.
A smartphone app could replace compulsive behaviours, like excessive hand washing.
Technology could be a promising alternative to traditional therapy.
If you don’t want to be facing down an angry dinosaur, pay attention to what happens on screen.
As fictional inventors make terrible choices on the big screen, real-world tech innovators can learn from their example how not to make the same kinds of ethical mistakes.
New technology, old flaws.
Expecting algorithms to perform perfectly might be asking too much of ourselves.
Messaging services like WhatsApp open many doors for Nigerian women.
With technology women are able to become agents of their own change.
While many jobs are being replaced by technology, those that participate in the making of (good) social experiences for people are bucking the trend.
How well will artificial intelligence balance the human concept of fairness?
Artificial intelligence poses opportunities as well as dangers; understanding them – and regulating carefully – will help avoid harm to individuals and society as a whole.
Generally speaking the risks of sexual assault or homicide from an unknown male perpetrator in a public place are low.
The additional precautions many women take when travelling alone help us manage our fears and feel more empowered to enter into public spaces.
Cryptocurrencies even have their own investment companies.
Bitcoin and other digital currencies have been running wild in recent years, soaring and then plunging in value. A few stories from The Conversation's archive offer a glimpse into their world.
Alexa, what are my human rights?
Technology can transgress all kinds of legal frameworks.
Patricia Piccinini, Graham, 2016 Installation view,
A new Science Gallery Melbourne exhibition offers a set of reflections, calculations and speculations that engage with ideas about the perfect body, mathematical precision, quantum physics and a post-human world.