Technology

The agony of dying gadgets

29 November 2014 9:00 am

To survive as a technophobe in the 21st century, you must depend on the kindness of strangers

Perhaps the most formative years in our history were when ‘every second person suddenly died in agony — and no one knew why.’ Above, plague victims are blessed by a priest in the 14th-century ‘Omne Bonum’ by James le Palmer

Why the most important years in history were from 1347 to 1352

1 November 2014 9:00 am

A group of retired Somerset farmers were sitting about in the early 1960s, so Ian Mortimer’s story goes, debating which…

Cronenberg attempts a teleportation from cinema to fiction. Cover your eyes…

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Following his beginnings as a science-fiction horror director, David Cronenberg has spent the past decades transforming himself into one of…

Every 73 seconds, police use snooping powers to access our personal records. Who'll rein them in?

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Police are using an anti-terror law to run wild in the public’s mobile phone records

The age of selfie-obsession

4 October 2014 9:00 am

People can’t seem to stop taking pictures of themselves – and their private parts. It’s the ultimate expression of our increasingly puerile and narcissistic society

Switching on to a new generation gap

30 August 2014 9:00 am

In the world of YouTube and Netflix, generations no longer share a culture

Why don’t more non-smokers try e-cigarettes?

30 August 2014 9:00 am

I was waiting on an office forecourt recently puffing on an e-cigarette when a security guard came out. ‘You can’t…

The surer we are that machines can think, the less sure we'll be about people

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Having written (for a Times diary) a few sentences about consciousness in robots, I settled back to study readers’ responses…

Four gadgets to take on holiday — and two to leave behind

2 August 2014 9:00 am

One inarguably good thing about electronic publishing is that it solves that old quandary about what books to pack for…

Plutarch on smartphone addiction

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Adults, we are told, as much as children, become gibbering wrecks if deprived of their mobiles or iPhones for more…

Spectator letters: Press regulation, heroic Bulgarians and the case for Scotch on the rocks

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Beyond the law Sir: In your leading article of 28 June you make the point that the hacking trial demonstrates…

The voice of Big Mother does more for women than any Twitter feminist

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Feminism in modern Britain is not for the faint-hearted. Only the smartest, mouthiest girls on the social media scene dare…

The sheer stupidity of artificial intelligence

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Believers in omnipotent machine intelligence are reshaping the world to fit their fantasies

Adam Smith is the father of more than one sort of economics

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Gandhi would test his resolve by sleeping between two naked virgins, an avenue not really open to me, as my…

How user-friendly is your house?

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Old Glaswegian joke: ‘Put your hat and coat on, lassie, I’m off to the pub.’ ‘That’s nice — are you…

The gilded generation - why the young have never had it so good

10 May 2014 9:00 am

The statistics speak for themselves. Today’s gilded generation is the most blessed that ever lived

Sugata Mitra interview: ‘A reduction in resources can cause something nice to happen’

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Children can teach each other, believes Sugata Mitra — if you give them the internet, a big screen and a helpful granny on Skype

Why I no longer want to live in America

10 May 2014 9:00 am

A few years ago I would have quite liked to live in America. I’m not sure now. For one thing,…

You can buy happiness. Here’s how…

12 April 2014 9:00 am

If you are reading this article online, perhaps you could go to the comments section and let us know what…

I was forced on to the internet in the 1980s. I still don't belong there

1 March 2014 9:00 am

With regard to modern technology, I find that people of around my age — by which I mean people in…

Any other business: The friends of Putin taking home gold from the Sochi Olympics

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Imagine if the BBC’s excitable commentators had been asked to cover the building of Sochi’s facilities, rather than the Winter…

Will self-driving cars know what to do in the middle lane?

15 February 2014 9:00 am

I am convinced that when I took my driving test in 1983 I was asked by the examiner, ‘What lane…

Ten reasons why conservatives should take Edward Snowden seriously

18 January 2014 9:00 am

So why are British conservatives determined to ignore his revelations?

How James Goldsmith's wisdom on mistresses could revolutionise mobile phones

18 January 2014 9:00 am

I wouldn’t worry much about the future of the British economy. Because I have a simple plan to make the…

Rory Sutherland: Why don't Americans have kettles?

4 January 2014 9:00 am

I enjoy reading reviews of kitchen gadgetry. Clever new kitchen products are often under-appreciated. Many rituals around food preparation are…