Media, Science, Tech

Hollywood Is Quietly Using AI To Help Decide Which Movies To Make

AI will tell you who to cast and predict how much money you’ll make. Despite skepticism about specific applications, the tide might be turning. A single factor has convinced Hollywood to stop dismissing big data: Netflix.

Media, Science

The Rise Of Junk Science

Fake publications are corrupting the world of research—and influencing real news. At the most benign level of the junk industry are papers, published in journals with no effective screening process, that are obvious nonsense.

History, Media

Psychiatry, Racism, And The Birth Of ‘Sesame Street’

How an African-American psychiatrist helped design a groundbreaking television show as a radical therapeutic tool for helping minority preschoolers.

Business, Long Reads, Tech

Inside Google’s Civil War

With its “Don’t be evil” mantra, Google was a central player in creating the rosy optimism of the tech boom. Some employees say Google is losing touch with that motto. What happens when an empowered tech workforce rebels?

Nature, Science, World

Deep In The Ocean’s Trenches, The Legacy Of Nuclear Testing Lives

Evidence of Cold War nuclear testing has made its way to the deepest reaches of the Pacific Ocean. The discovery of “bomb carbon” miles below the surface shows how deep human impact goes.

Innovation, Tech

Once Hailed As Unhackable, Blockchains Are Now Getting Hacked

More and more security holes are appearing in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms, and some are fundamental to the way they were built.

Economics, Tech, World

In Venezuela’s Economic Crisis, Bitcoin Is a Lifeline

Faced with hyperinflation, a worthless local currency and a risky black market for dollars, Venezuelans are increasingly turning to bitcoin as a tool for survival in the world’s worst-performing economy.

Science

Newly Found Planet Could Host Primitive Life, Study Suggest

The planet – known as Barnard b or GJ 699 b – is an exciting find given the planet is only six light-years away from Earth, making it one of closest worlds outside of our solar system.

Design, Media

BrewDog’s New Ad Does What It Says On The Tin

BrewDog has come to be known for its bold one-liners and playful spin on typical communications. The ballsy beer brand has teamed with Uncommon on a tongue-in-cheek campaign that doesn’t really say much at all – on purpose.

Media

Amnesty’s Syria Ads Prove Humankind Can Be Worse Than Natural Disasters

Amnesty International is known for its provocative ads for human rights. In its campaign for the freedom and democracy of Syria, war zones where housing and huge blocks of land are destroyed have been depicted in ads.

Nature, Science

How To Keep The Earth As Inhabitable As Possible

We’ve been behind where we need to be for decades now, and the fact that we’ll be living in a hotter, less hospitable world is an inevitability. The only uncertainty left is how quickly we respond and how much damage we’re going to be able to prevent.

Innovation, Media, Nature

Russian Startup Wants To Put Huge Ads In Space

The first of StartRocket’s space-based ads could go up by 2021. The ads — a bit like skytyping, only in low-Earth orbit rather than in the atmosphere — would be visible only at night but could be seen from just about anywhere on the planet.

Innovation, Products, Tech

VAVA 4K Short-Throw Laser Projector

The VAVA 4K Short-Throw Laser Projector gives you a stunning 4K image up to 150″ display. Since the projector can project from a distance of just 7.2 inches, there’s nothing that will come between the projector and the screen. From $2,499.

Economics, Media, Tech

Down And Out In the Gig Economy

Gig economies are ersatz structures, designed to skirt labor laws and offload risk and expense onto workers themselves. They serve the whims of capital.

Innovation, Tech

Lenovo Shows Off The World’s First ‘Foldable PC’

Lenovo has just announced what it says is the world’s first “foldable PC:” a prototype ThinkPad that iterates the foldable tech we’ve already seen from phones on a much bigger scale.

Apps, Business, Innovation, Tech

In South-East Asia, Grab And Gojek Bring Banking To The Masses

Both started with ride-hailing and expanded into other logistics businesses, such as deliveries and food-ordering. The story of two South-East Asian “deca-unicorns”—fintechs valued above $10bn—is usually told in terms of their rivalry.

Politics, Tech

Inside China’s Massive Surveillance Operation

Xinjiang, northwest China, is in a state of surveillance lockdown. Every message, word and movement is monitored for its extremist potential. A million Uyghur muslims are being held in concentration camps.

Life, Tech

How Much Would You Pay To Never Use Tinder Again?

One in four single people under the age of 35 use dating apps. Being single is very expensive, maybe paying a premium matchmaker thousands of dollars to meet someone isn’t so crazy.

Business, Tech

Who To Sue When A Robot Loses Your Fortune

The first known case of humans going to court over investment losses triggered by autonomous machines will test the limits of liability. A Hong Kong tycoon is going after the salesman who persuaded him to entrust his fortune to the supercomputer whose trades cost him more than $20 million.

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