Mike Elgan

Contributing Columnist

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

What your business can do about the coronavirus ... right now

What your business can do about the coronavirus ... right now

The Covid-19 crisis is the Black Swan event of our lifetime. Here's how to hold it all together (while keeping employees apart).

How the coronavirus is changing tech and 5 things to do about it

How the coronavirus is changing tech and 5 things to do about it

Due to the Covid-19 virus, some tech-culture trends are radically accelerating. Others are being reversed. And it's happening all at once. Here's what you need to know.

How the Apple Car will drive IT change

How the Apple Car will drive IT change

Don't think of the coming iCar as a car. It's a remote office with a supercomputer inside that will change the way you think about cars -- just as the iPhone changed how you use phones.

Only AI can save us from a world of fakes (a world AI is also creating)

Only AI can save us from a world of fakes (a world AI is also creating)

Deepfake video and audio. AI-generated texts, poetry and lyrics. Fake sites. Fake influencers. Fake news. Will life ever be real again?

Should you tell customers they're talking to AI?

Should you tell customers they're talking to AI?

When chatbots reach the level of always passing the Turing Test, and can flawlessly pass for human with every interaction, do you disclose to users that it's AI? That's the dilemma.

Is technology killing globalization?

Is technology killing globalization?

What you need to know -- and do -- about the tech-driven deglobalization trend and how it’s effecting change. Your career depends on understanding how nationalism and regulations impact business.

Meet Meena: Why you'll want to hire this Google chatbot

Meet Meena: Why you'll want to hire this Google chatbot

Google reports a breakthrough in chatbot technology -- it's the perfect idea for replacing its own Google Assistant ... and search. (And read on to judge Meena's joke-telling ability.)

Meet Meena: Why you'll want to hire this Google chatbot
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Meet Meena: Why you'll want to hire this Google chatbot

Google reports a breakthrough in chatbot technology -- it's the perfect idea for replacing its own Google Assistant ... and search. (And read on to judge Meena's joke-telling ability.)

Google and Microsoft have gone too far

Google and Microsoft have gone too far

Google and Microsoft are using dark pattern design to trick or force users to do things they never intended. Is it time to switch to more ethical search engines? (We list 10 alternatives.)

3 reasons you can’t fight facial recognition

3 reasons you can’t fight facial recognition

The biometric backlash is but a brief blip. Resistance is futile. You WILL be identified. But is that good or bad?

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.

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