Where do you go for serious tech talk? Reddit has proven to be a fantastic resource for community discussions ranging from weight loss to personal growth to spreading creativity, and technology is no exception. You want to talk tech? Then you ought to check out these subreddits, pronto.
There was a time when gadgets were seen as geeky, dorky, and nerdy. They were prohibitively expensive and more gimmicky than anything else. Nowadays, they might still burn holes in our wallets but have become essential for everyday life. Portable music? GPS? Smartphones? Where would we be without these?
You don’t even have to be a tech enthusiast to be on top of gadget trends anymore. It’s no longer a “nerd only” pursuit. Casual and power users alike can keep up with Android and iPhone news without it seeming out of place. However, the most interesting gadget news goes beyond the everyday tools that we all use.
/r/Gadgets is a specialized community devoted to all gadget-related news and talk. Whether you need help identifying an old device from the 1970s, want advice on your next smartphone purchase, or just like to read up on news concerning upcoming gadgets to keep an eye on, this is the place for all of that.
Robotics and automation are two big areas of technology that have been cutting edge for quite a while. There’s no denying the huge impact that the Industrial Revolution had on society and it seems like a Robotic Revolution is due just around the corner. Perhaps it’s already starting.
/r/Robotics is a Reddit community that centers on this notion of professional robotics. Not only can you catch all of the latest news on advancements in robotics, but it doubles as an educational ground where robot creators can discuss and promote their own works.
You’ll find some seriously interesting content here. At the time of writing, just on the front page alone, I see threads about robots with super strength, robots that can teach themselves to walk, and even robots that can produce abstract art.
Network security has never been more important than now. Not only do we need to be wary of online privacy issues, there’s an increasing demand for safer personal security when it comes to passwords, privacy, and trust. Getting caught by malware on your computer can result in heavy losses, even tipping into cybercrime and extortion territory.
All of that is to say that you can never be too careful. Network and information security covers topics ranging from proper password management to protecting your website against hackers, from safe handling of personal data to shielding against the latest viruses and malware.
If you’re at all concerned about any of this, /r/NetSec is the place you want to be. It’s mostly focused on news submissions, but there are related subreddits that you can also visit for user-generated discussions. Consider checking out /r/SysAdmin, /r/Privacy, and /r/Malware.
In line with the other Ask-based subreddits, /r/AskTechnology is where you can go to ask any tech-related question that you may have. Seriously, any tech-related question! The community is somewhat small in number but don’t let that fool you. They’re surprisingly active.
At the time of writing, the front page is loaded with questions like:
- What is the true cost of hosting a website?
- Phone Advice – Fix Old iPhone or Buy New Android?
- If my father cancels his AOL subscription, will he lose his current email address?
- Can someone help me get Skype running on a Mac OS X 10.7.5?
The questions can be as theoretical or as practical as you wish. And hey, if you’re a tech enthusiast with a lot of knowledge stored in your head, why not share that knowledge and help people by answering their questions?
Where is technology going? What lies beyond the cutting edge? The realm of technology is abundant with speculation and extrapolation, but if you take it one step further and start dabbling in “evidence-based speculation” and “future studies,” you get what’s known as futurology.
/r/Futurology is a subreddit that leans more towards the scholar-academic end of the spectrum. Not that the community is particularly strict about content submissions, but it’s more than just memes, one-liners, and reposts. Everything here, in one way or another, ultimately leads us toward an answer to the question, “What does the future hold?”
Need a hand getting acquainted with futurological topics? Start out with some of our own posts about future tech: tech jobs of the future, computer implants in humans, and research on advanced computers.
Which subreddits do you visit to satiate your tech cravings? Maybe there are a few hidden gems lying around that deserve more attention. Share them with us by posting in the comments below!