Mike Elgan

Contributing Columnist

Mike Elgan is a technology-obsessed journalist, author, blogger, podcaster and digital nomad. He writes a column for IDG’s Insider Pro. Learn more at his website: elgan.com.

Software is eating the world of eating

The prognosis for Silicon Valley looks very good

The prognosis for Silicon Valley looks very good

The world's engine of innovation is sick, stricken by the coronavirus. But it will emerge stronger than ever. Here’s why the valley will be just fine.

How smartphone apps could save lives (and the economy)

How smartphone apps could save lives (and the economy)

By enabling daily self-diagnosis, contact tracing and research, smartphone apps could be the key to quickly beating the coronavirus -- but there's one problem.

How the coronavirus is changing tech and 5 things to do about it

How the coronavirus is changing tech and 5 things to do about it

Due to the Covid-19 virus, some tech-culture trends are radically accelerating. Others are being reversed. And it's happening all at once. Here's what you need to know.

Only AI can save us from a world of fakes (a world AI is also creating)

Only AI can save us from a world of fakes (a world AI is also creating)

Deepfake video and audio. AI-generated texts, poetry and lyrics. Fake sites. Fake influencers. Fake news. Will life ever be real again?

Is AI judging your personality?

Is AI judging your personality?

Forget ‘surveillance capitalism.’ AI-based social media monitoring could cost you a job, college admission, rental property and more – and you’ll never know how it happened.

Is that you or a virtual you? Are chatbots too real?

Is that you or a virtual you? Are chatbots too real?

There's a fine line between AI that interacts for us and AI that interacts AS us. Or is there a line at all? Will anyone care? Questions abound.

Will Google's AI make you artificially stupid?

Will Google's AI make you artificially stupid?

The biggest threat from AI isn't software that steals your job. It's software that steals your mind.

3 reasons you will be moved by haptics

3 reasons you will be moved by haptics

Forget today's buzzing smartphones and rumbling game controllers. Next-generation haptics make the virtual real and smart enterprises will take notice.

3 lies about Google Glass

3 lies about Google Glass

The conventional wisdom about Google's experimental smart glasses project is all wrong. Here's why

Why Android Wear is the new iPad

Mobile gadget revolutions happen only twice per decade, and one happened last week

How Tom Wheeler's FCC plan will wreck your Internet

Don't be fooled: The FCC chairman's plan is to profit big ISPs at the expense of everyone else

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