Technology

When Should Cops Be Required to Wear Cameras?

Striking the privacy balance is key. 

Is Computer-Assisted Aeroponic Growing the Future of Urban Farming?

Maybe! 

Baltimore's Last Adult Movie Theater Heads to the Auction Block

"People in the neighborhood would probably not mind seeing it used for something different."

NASA Has Invented a Lightweight Machine That Can Detect a Human Heartbeat Under 30 Feet of Rubble

The FINDER could change the way we rescue people from natural disasters. 

The Long History of America's Leading High-Tech Hubs

New evidence that you can't build a start-up city overnight.

How Are Those Cities of the Future Coming Along?

A brief update on PlanIT Valley, Masdar, Konza Techno City, and Songdo.

Meet the Next-Generation Bus

Imagine: instead of stopping for gas, a bus that could recharge while at a red light.

Why Home-Cooking From Total Strangers May Be the Future of Food

The sharing economy moves into a new niche: dinner. Will queasy eaters and regulators buy in?

What If You Could Reserve Your Daily Commute Like a Table at a Restaurant?

It's not as crazy as it might sound.

100 Ideas for Improving the New York City Subway in 100 Days

From simple hand-sanitizer to a suction garbage system and beyond.

How Milwaukee Could Transform Itself Into the 'Silicon Valley' of Fresh Water

Inside the city's ambitious plans to become a hub of water-related technology and innovation.

Pimped Ride of the Day: A Motorcycle With a Jet Engine

This is sweet.

Wildly Futuristic Stop Sign of the Day: A Laser-Powered Water Curtain in Sydney

The most ingenious way to stop too-tall trucks from colliding into bridges.

There's a Good Reason We're Anxious About Expanding Subway Cell Service

People have an especially hard time ignoring half a conversation because we can't predict what's coming next.

Vote for Your Favorite City-Changing Bike Proposal

A smart-card-operated storage system and an online anti-theft mapping platform are among the big ideas.

Don't Worry About Kids and Touch Screens, Worry About the Parents

Smart phones can help manage the tedium of parenting. But they also isolate us from a lot of the joy.

Invention of the Day: A Bladeless Windmill

Could this be the answer to urban wind power enthusiasts?

Can You Build a Tech Ecosystem in a City with a Huge Digital Divide?

Access for all was one of the hot topics at The Atlantic's Start-Up City: Miami conference.

How Virtual Traffic Lights Could Cut Down on Congestion

Car-to-car communication could decrease urban congestion by 60 percent, one computer scientist says.