Gadgets, Robots, Tech: The Best 5 Subreddits

Joel Lee 16-08-2014

Where do you go for serious tech talk? Reddit has proven to be a fantastic resource for community discussions ranging from weight loss Shed The Pounds: Subscribe To These 4 Weight Loss Subreddits Have you made a resolution to lose a bit of weight? Reddit is a great resource for this, with plenty of subreddits for those eager to reach a healthier weight. Read More to personal growth From Boys To Men: 4 Subreddits All Guys Should Read There are some great subreddits on Reddit where you can find others just like you and me who are working to be the best men that they can be. Read More to spreading creativity Show Off Your Creativity With These 8 Subreddits One of the hardest things about taking on a creative project is not having anyone to share it with when all is said and done. Although there's enough reason to just make stuff for fun,... Read More , 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 5 Advanced Humanoid Robots You Have to See to Believe Here, we count down some of the most impressive humanoid robots ever created. The future of robotics is coming, and it's weirder than ever. Read More , 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 Lessons Learned From Don't Spy On Us: Your Guide To Internet Privacy Read More , there’s an increasing demand for safer personal security when it comes to passwords, privacy, and trust Security Expert Bruce Schneier On Passwords, Privacy and Trust Learn more about security and privacy in our interview with security expert Bruce Schneier. Read More . Getting caught by malware on your computer 10 Steps To Take When You Discover Malware On Your Computer We would like to think that the Internet is a safe place to spend our time (cough), but we all know there are risks around every corner. Email, social media, malicious websites that have worked... Read More can result in heavy losses, even tipping into cybercrime and extortion Cybercrime Goes Offline: The Role of Bitcoins In Ransom and Extortion Read More 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 Tech Jobs of the Future: What To Study If You Want a Cool Job Tomorrow If you're a student and looking to land a good technology job of the future, understanding the direction of technology will help you position yourself to succeed, and figure out what to study to get... Read More , computer implants in humans Plugging In Your Brain and Body - The Future Of Implanted Computers With the current trend of technical innovation and advancement, now is a good time to explore the state of the art in computer-human technologies. Read More , and research on advanced computers You Won't Believe It: DARPA Future Research Into Advanced Computers DARPA is one of the most fascinating and secretive parts of the US government. The following are some of DARPA's most advanced projects that promise to transform the world of technology. Read More .

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!

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  1. DonGateley
    August 16, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Is there an index somewhere of the subredits with some kind of category tree?

    • Joel L
      August 16, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Not officially, no. tracks the top 100 most popular subreddits while tracks the top 5000. That's about as close to an index that I know of.

  2. Saikat B
    August 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    AskTechnology is a nice source of ideas for us writers.

    This is a nice Reddit "starter pack" for anyone who is new to Reddit and wants the best geeky subreddits to follow!

    • Joel L
      August 16, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Haha, Reddit starter pack. I like that!