robots
War Robots Don’t Have Minds of Their Own 

War, as structured state-sponsored fighting and dying, has given rise to venerated professions to manage its risks and bound its ethical dilemmas. The nature of those professions, and the meaning of their experiences, changes when the human body is no longer present in the fight, fuelling a public debate. Read More >>

books
RIP Oliver Sacks: 7 Must-Read Books and Stories About Our Beautiful Brains

Over the last couple of days you may have seen the internet lighting up with appreciations for the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks. He died on Sunday at age 82, leaving behind a lifetime of illuminating writing that helped us to understand our own brains as beautiful, imperfect machines. Here are a few of our favourite books and stories. Read More >>

wikileaks
Gizmodo Exclusive: Read Julian Assange’s Introduction to The Wikileaks Files

This essay by Julian Assange is taken from the introduction to The Wikileaks Files: The World According to the US Empire, a collection analysing how Wikileaks’ release of US diplomatic cables impacted foreign policy. Read More >>

internet
How Lycos Almost Won the Search Engine Wars

In 1998, a young developer named Jim Gilliam was hired at Lycos after he impressed management by finding bugs in their site. He took on the task of improving their search results to find a way to beat their biggest competitor, Yahoo. Read More >>

internet
This ’90s Guide to Using the Web is Delightful

Once upon a time you didn’t just use the internet, you were a “nethead” who “surfed the web” and “sailed data streams”. This is how we once talked about the internet. Read More >>

science
Here’s a Sneak Peak at XKCD Creator Randall Munroe’s New Book

We’re big fans of xkcd here at Gizmodo (who isn’t?), and also of learning about things, so we’re pretty excited for Randall Munroe’s upcoming book of explainer drawings, THING EXPLAINER: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. We’ve got a sneak peek for you, below. Read More >>