Author Leonid Bershidsky


Use your brain: AI won’t soon replace it

Nectome promises to preserve the brains of terminally ill people in order to turn them into computer simulations – at some point in the future when such a thing is possible. It’s a start-up that’s easy to mock


Cryptocurrency markets aren’t all the same

There’s a compelling reason to consider what’s going on with cryptocurrencies a purely speculative boom-and-bust roller-coaster: over a three-month period, the prices of all the top coins and tokens are rather strongly correlated


Facebook’s new mission may be impossible

If Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is sincere in a recent post about gradually taking the media element out of “social media”, he’s striking a powerful blow for tech self-regulation, as well as preparing to pay a heavy price for


Invest in bitcoin, even if it is a bubble

With bitcoin approaching the $10 000 mark and Coinbase, the bitcoin exchange, boasting more accounts than brokerage Charles Schwab, some preemptive consolation and advice are in order for people who stand to lose lots of money in


Should you trust your antivirus software?

In all the recent bombshell reports about the Kaspersky anti-virus software, it’s easy to focus on the Russian threat and miss the general context: every government that employs hackers tries to weaponise antivirus software. Government


Why Uber must stop acting like a conqueror

With the British prime minister calling London’s refusal to extend Uber’s license “disproportionate”, and Uber’s chief executive heading to London to talk to regulators, a compromise is in the offing. But it shouldn’t give Uber a false


How to tackle tech giants’ growing dominance

People in the US, not just in the European Union, are finally getting worried about tech sector leaders’ market dominance and the political power it confers. Unfortunately, the solutions gaining traction are the kind of anti-monopoly