- May 22, 2013
German software development giant SAP is planning to hire hundreds of people with autism by 2020. The company hopes to benefit from their unusual skillset and says it's ready for any practical challenges. Advocates hope the program could set an example for others. By Martin Motzkau more...
- May 03, 2013
Past warnings about how technological innovation threatens jobs have proved exaggerated. Yet the digital revolution now has many scholars warning that this time things are different, and that the breakneck speed of automation could wreak havoc on the global labor market. By Thomas Schulz more... [ Forum ]
- May 02, 2013
For years, economists have posited that prosperity requires growth, with environmental damage as the regrettable but unavoidable consequence. A growing number of critics are now challenging this equation, though, calling for a radical revamping of the economic system. By Nils Klawitter more... [ Forum ]
- April 30, 2013
British scientist Stephen Wolfram has already developed two highly influential computational systems: Mathematica, an algebraic software program, and the popular search engine Wolfram Alpha. Now he's taking on Facebook's treasure trove of data, with results that would interest Mark Zuckerberg. more...
- April 19, 2013
When household appliances and technological devices break, they often end up in the trash. But at a "hackerspace club" in Wuppertal, engineers, computer buffs and DIYers are helping locals save them from the garbage dump -- and strengthening the community in the process. By Judith Horchert in Wuppertal more...
- April 09, 2013
In the midst of the euro crisis, particularly daring investors are putting their faith in the Internet currency bitcoin. A boom in the virtual coins has made some into millionaires. But central bankers are wary of its potential, and the currency is everything but crash-proof. By Marcel Rosenbach and Hilmar Schmundt more...
- March 14, 2013
Cities around the world aim to become "smart cities," but in Santander, Spain, the goal has already become a reality. Thousands of sensors help alert residents to traffic jams, regulate the watering in city parks and dim the street lamps. By Marco Evers more... [ Forum ]
- March 06, 2013
The European Union on Wednesday fined Microsoft over half a billion euros for failing to comply with a 2009 agreement relating to the company's Internet Explorer browser. It's the first time the EU has penalized a company for such a violation. more... [ Forum ]
- February 01, 2013
The technology needed for driverless cars is here and could be ready for the market in less than a decade. Automation holds the promise of revolutionizing the automobile industry and making our streets safer, but will it spell the end of Fahrvergnügen? By Christian Wüst more... [ Forum ]
- January 25, 2013
For five years now, the Red October computer virus has embarked on a new brand of espionage, stealing emails and other encrypted classified documents undetected from diplomats around the world. Though the virus may now be in hibernation, it's designed so that it can strike again at anytime. By Benjamin Bidder, Matthias Schepp and Hilmar Schmundt more... [ Forum ]