Technology

Should we believe the hype about blockchains?

15 January 2018 10:33

Blockchain is an idea whose time has come. By which I mean it’s still mostly an idea, and is currently…

The great online advertising swindle

21 December 2017 16:32

Conmen and fraudsters thrive in confusion. And few places are more confusing and opaque than the jargon-ridden world of online…

Bitcoin’s rocketing value is undermining its original purpose

8 December 2017 12:14

Everyone interested in technology has their own bitcoin story. As is the way with these things, the earlier you were…

The driverless car revolution will open up all sorts of dilemmas

23 November 2017 8:40

Philip Hammond wants fully autonomous driverless cars on our roads by 2021. That’s not too far away, is it? I…

The hidden danger of electric cars

18 November 2017 8:30

Wasn’t the whole point of electric vehicles supposed to be to civilise our cities, making them safer and less-polluted places…

How tech lobbyists harness the power of grassroots activism

31 October 2017 12:00

A strange thing happened after TFL’s decision last month not to renew Uber’s license to operate in London. The ride…

How much is your child’s schoolbag worth? The answer might surprise you

7 September 2017 15:07

As a new school term starts, this often spells an expensive shopping list for parents. School uniforms that no longer…

We should regulate, not ban killer robots

28 August 2017 9:00

Last week, 116 experts including Tesla’s Elon Musk and DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman called for a ban on autonomous weapons, otherwise known as…

Are we doing enough to secure Britain’s digital future?

20 February 2017 16:10

The UK’s digital economy represents nearly one third of the UK economy, and if nurtured properly, it could transform government,…

A fitbit for your finances and a way to improve your mental health

6 February 2017 12:43

Tools to help with ‘personal improvement’ were the big consumer trend of 2016. Whether it was healthy recipe boxes to…

Are we ready for app-only bank accounts? A growing number of firms think so

27 October 2016 11:25

Bank staff might no longer recognise your face when you walk into a branch – but a banking app might.…

Is that a bomb in your pocket? Or a Russian spy? Or both?

12 October 2016 11:13

This is an extract from Hugo Rifkind’s column in the new issue of The Spectator, out tomorrow. Remember how much…

The Spectator podcast: The memory gap. Is technology taking over our minds?

11 August 2016 7:54

Smartphone ownership is predicted to hit 2.5 billion by 2019 and 60 per cent of internet traffic now comes through…

Podcast special: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

15 February 2016 12:42

In this View from 22 podcast special, The Spectator’s Editor Fraser Nelson hosts a discussion about whether the world is…

Christmas tips from Dan Snow and Alain de Botton

20 December 2015 16:30

For the Spectator’s Christmas survey, we asked for some favourite seasonal rituals – and what to avoid at Christmas. Dan Snow My favourite thing…

Spectator books of the year: Richard Davenport-Hines on a real flirt of a book

2 December 2015 15:00

Laurence Scott’s The Four-Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World (Heinemann, £20) is the year’s most surprising book.…

Health podcast special: does technology spell the end of the waiting room?

3 June 2015 14:30

Technology has the huge potential to transform the healthcare system. In this View from 22 podcast special, The Spectator’s Sebastian Payne discusses…

Mass surveillance is being undermined by the ‘Snowden effect’

2 June 2015 14:28

We are in the middle of a Crypto war again. Perhaps we have always been in the middle of a…

A phone used to be a helpline. Now it’s a device used to film people in distress

17 March 2015 17:14

A pal recently told me a story. It was about a friend of theirs who had been travelling on a train…

This new crowdsourcing site allows anyone to use their skills to advance basic human rights

16 March 2015 17:36

One of the questions I most often get asked is: ‘What can I do?’  If you agree that actual liberals…

The idiot economy – behind the ‘dark web’ cyber-crime busts

10 November 2014 18:59

Spectator Money is out, with ideas on how to make it, spend it and even how to be seen spending it. Freddy Gray looks…

In the court of King Dave, can Cameron phone home?

5 November 2014 9:40

An absolute gem in the Telegraph’s morning memo today by Stephen Bush, who claims that the Prime Minister has more…

Want babies? Get a job, lose the Lycra – and other fertility tips

3 November 2014 7:45

Did you know that one in six couples in the UK have difficulty conceiving? That’s roughly 3.5 million not very…

Good Samaritans or sinister surveillance? The app that tries to stop suicide

30 October 2014 17:01

According to an email I received earlier this afternoon, I should be worried about the mental state of someone I…

The horrid, helpful egg-freezing scheme at Facebook and Apple

16 October 2014 13:08

Was the chief operating officer of Facebook, one Sheryl Sandberg, involved, do you reckon, in the company’s exciting invitation to…