"When industry is totally automated and hyper-efficient, it will create so much wealth that retirement can begin at birth."
The Ultimate Man-Machine InterfacePeel away the skin of the digital race car, and you'll find a nervous system of wired, sensors, and black boxes. Old-timers say this new technology is turning motor sports into a big slot-car race. Jacques Villeneuve, Formula One's newest hotshoe, knows better. By Todd Lappin
The More You Sell, the More You SellBrian Arthur's theory of "increasing returns" is revolutionising economics. It's also why the US Department of Justice stopped the Microsoft/Intuit merger. By Paul Kedrosky
Wanna Bet?At US$40 billion a year in the US, gambling is already bigger than movies and music combined. Guess what's going to be the real killer app on the Net? By Evan I. Schwartz
Word NerdOlaf Olafsson writes novels and runs Sony Electronic Publishing, in that order. By Charles Platt
IPhoneWill telephony on the Net bring the telcos to their knees? Or will it allow them to take over the Internet? (And, oh yes, it's damn hard to tap.) Fred Hapgood on the hype and hope of Internet telephony.
SuperhumanismAccording to Hans Moravec, by 2040 robots will become as smart as we are. Then they'll displace us as the dominant form of life on Earth. But he isn't worried - the robots will love us. By Charles Platt
The Playground of Big ScienceSandia Labs used to be the "conscience" of the Cold War - its scientists made sure that the nukes worked. Now, the US$4billion question is whether these specialists in everything from astrophysics to virtual reality can create a new mission before the US Congress pulls the plug. By Richard Rapaport
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Information Wants to Be Free - But This Is RidiculousBy A. Lin Neumann
Spinning Soon, Across a Screen Near YouThree-D engines add a new dimension to computing. Literally. And the best are coming from Britain. Dan O'Brien asks: Why, of all places, here?
"Schooling" Is Obsolete. Learning Isn'tBy Peter Cochrane
Nicholas Negroponte2020: The Fibre-Coax Legacy