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Readers share their awe and ire. Plus, an existential encounter with a spider. • In our March issue, Darren Loucaides chron-icled how Telegram, a messaging app favored by Russian antiwar activists, has become a surveillance tool of the Kremlin. In our April issue, philosopher Justin E. H. Smith took us on a trip through his psychedelic-enhanced consciousness, and Vauhini Vara rummaged through the idealistic past and mud-slinging present of the goods exchange community Buy Nothing.
THERE IS NO CURE • New drugs like Mounjaro and Ozempic may help people lose weight, but what we really need is a treatment for fatphobia.
Car rental moves into the fast lane
HOME KEY • Forget crypto, VR, AI. When it comes to empowering humans, new tech has nothing on the well-tempered clavier.
MARGARET ATWOOD, OPTIMIST • The literary legend on her new story collection, ChatGPT, dystopias, and why she’s hopeful about the future.
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GENERATIVE AI’S DIRTY SECRET • Fortifying search engines with ChatGPT-grade smarts could require a fivefold increase in computing power, with the carbon emissions to match.
Cloud Support: Are Screens Stealing My Childhood?
JOY RIDE • Warmer weather and longer days make spring the best season for biking. It’s also the perfect time to upgrade your steed, whether you’re an electric enthusiast or an old-school pedal pusher.
01 HOW TO LOVE TECHNOLOGY AGAIN • AT A TIME WHEN SOFTWARE IS CONSUMING US, WE CRAVE HARDWARE—THE MATERIAL ANCHORS OF OUR IMMATERIAL REALITIES.
02 I SAW THE FACE OF GOD IN BY VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN A CHIP FACTORY • INSIDE TSMC, THE MYSTERIOUS TAIWANESE COMPANY AT THE CENTER OF THE GLOBAL SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY.
03 “TURN YOUR OWN WRENCHES” • SIX YEARS AGO, I MOVED MY FAMILY INTO A 50-YEAR-OLD RV — NOT JUST TO SEE AMERICA, BUT TO TEST MY BELIEF THAT ANYTHING WORTH FIXING CAN BE FIXED.
04 WHO WATCHES THE WATCHERS? • A TINY SECURITY BLOG WENT UP AGAINST CHINA’S BIGGEST SURVEILLANCE CAMERA COMPANIES AND IGNITED A NEW BATTLE IN THE US-CHINA TECH WAR.
05 PLUME AND DOOM • IN THE ARCTIC, THAWING PERMAFROST IS UNLEASHING CLOUDS OF PLANET-HEATING METHANE. SCIENTISTS RELY ON AN ARSENAL OF TECH TO GET A HANDLE ON JUST HOW NASTY THE PROBLEM IS.
06 BACK TO THE ANA LOG FUTURE • COMPUTERS HAVE BEEN DIGITAL FOR HALF A CENTURY, WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO RESURRECT THE CLUNKERS OF YESTERYEAR?
BODY ODOR IS A SUBSCRIPTION ADD-ON. • THE ASSIGNMENT: IN SIX WORDS, WRITE A STORY ABOUT THE FUTURE OF PERSONAL HYGIENE.