Mike Elgan

Contributing Columnist

Mike Elgan is a technology-obsessed journalist, author, blogger, podcaster and digital nomad. He writes a weekly column for IDG’s Insider Pro. Learn more at his website: elgan.com.

3 reasons you can’t fight facial recognition

Is AI judging your personality?

Is AI judging your personality?

Forget ‘surveillance capitalism.’ AI-based social media monitoring could cost you a job, college admission, rental property and more – and you’ll never know how it happened.

Will spam die in 2020?

Will spam die in 2020?

The problem with spam isn't that it's a time-wasting annoyance, but that it drives us away from phone calls and emails to bad media.

Why does everyone want to replace Android?

Why does everyone want to replace Android?

Several companies – including Google – are working hard to replace Android with other operating systems. Here's why and which OS is the likely victor.

Can Google (yes, Google) save social media in 2020?

Can Google (yes, Google) save social media in 2020?

Laugh all you want. Google’s new approach to social might be the way forward for brands.

Is that you or a virtual you? Are chatbots too real?

Is that you or a virtual you? Are chatbots too real?

There's a fine line between AI that interacts for us and AI that interacts AS us. Or is there a line at all? Will anyone care? Questions abound.

Will Google's AI make you artificially stupid?

Will Google's AI make you artificially stupid?

The biggest threat from AI isn't software that steals your job. It's software that steals your mind.

What you need to know about new data-security rules for business travel

What you need to know about new data-security rules for business travel

From U.S. Customs agents to cybercriminals, everyone wants to copy the data on your phone and laptop. Here’s how to protect your rights and also avoid industrial espionage.

Why is everybody talking about 6G?

Why is everybody talking about 6G?

We're not even using 5G yet, and already 6G is in the news. What is 6G? Is it real? When do we all get it? (Spoiler alert: Nonexistent, no and a long time from now.)

3 reasons you will be moved by haptics

3 reasons you will be moved by haptics

Forget today's buzzing smartphones and rumbling game controllers. Next-generation haptics make the virtual real and smart enterprises will take notice.

What happens when every nation censors search results globally?

What happens when every nation censors search results globally?

The dam has burst on governments asserting their right to censor the internet worldwide. Welcome to the dark side of information globalization.

Why Apple beats Google in the smartphone 'radar wars'

Why Apple beats Google in the smartphone 'radar wars'

Apple and Google each rolled out new phones with innovative radar technologies. Google's is cooler, but Apple's is world-changing. Here’s how they compare.

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