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How All Our Tech Heroes Turned Into Tech Villains

How All Our Tech Heroes Turned Into Tech Villains

Business, Tech

Tech giants and their leaders have come to dominate public discourse in a way that few other industries have. They’ve unleashed products that are basically indispensable in modern life. Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Elizabeth Holmes all promised game-changing improvements on American life. What happened?

Ed Smith And The Imagination Machine: The Untold Story Of A Black Video Game Pioneer

Ed Smith And The Imagination Machine: The Untold Story Of A Black Video Game Pioneer

History, Tech

Thirty-seven years ago, New York-based APF Electronics, Inc. released The Imagination Machine. APF’s playful computer never rivaled the impact of products from Apple or Atari, but they remain historically important because of the man who co-created them: Ed Smith, one of the first African-American electronics engineers in the video game industry.

Relax, Turn Off Your Phone, And Go To Sleep

Relax, Turn Off Your Phone, And Go To Sleep

Apps, Health, Life, Tech

Our devices are a gift that connect us to so many people and so much information, but they do not have to raise our anxiety and harm our all-important sleep. We need to control our devices, rather than letting them control us.

How To Digitize Handwritten Notes

How To Digitize Handwritten Notes

Apps, Explainers, Tech

A number of smart devices offer to digitize your scribblings, either as you write or shortly afterward. In addition to storing images of your notebook pages in electronic form, some of these hardware and software packages actually convert your writings into searchable text.

The Dark Side Of Electronic Waste Recycling

The Dark Side Of Electronic Waste Recycling

Business, Nature, Science, Tech

Electronics can be hazardous when disposed of improperly, and the Basel Action Network, or BAN, investigates the underground world of the e-waste trade. The nonprofit group secretly embeds trackers in discarded devices, then hands them to recyclers to see where they end up, exposing bad practices in the process.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
The Cab Ride That Nearly Killed Me Changed How I Think About Ride-Hailing Apps

The Cab Ride That Nearly Killed Me Changed How I Think About Ride-Hailing Apps

Apps, Business, Tech

Were ride-hailing companies doing enough to protect passengers from negligent drivers? Maybe Grab’s growth and its perceived triumph over Uber the day before my accident had come at a cost. Was it possible that, for all the convenience ride-hailing services offered, they were making cities less safe?

The Drone Boat Of ‘Shipwreck Alley’

The Drone Boat Of ‘Shipwreck Alley’

Nature, Tech

Divers flock from all over the world to see the wrecks for themselves each year — and last spring, they were joined by an unusual interloper: an autonomous boat named BEN. BEN is a self-driving boat that’s been tasked with making maps, and to help lay bare the long-lost secrets of the lakebed.

Zoom Company Story: How Eric Yuan Defeated Skype

Zoom Company Story: How Eric Yuan Defeated Skype

Apps, Business, Tech, Videos

Chances are you’ve used some sort of video call with family, friends or even to school and most likely it’s been Zoom, the videoconference software has taken the world by storm. But in the presence of giants like Microsoft, Skype, Teams and Google Hangouts, why is everybody using Zoom?

The Bizarre Intimacy Of Video Chat

The Bizarre Intimacy Of Video Chat

Tech

I spend my days staring into the faces and homes of my colleagues on my computer. I see what colors they’ve painted their walls, what sort of art they’ve chosen to hang up. I see whether they sit at a desk or on a couch. I watch them watch themselves, see them fix their hair, and straighten their posture.

Inside A Pro-Trump YouTube Disinformation Network That Spans Vietnam To Bosnia

Inside A Pro-Trump YouTube Disinformation Network That Spans Vietnam To Bosnia

Apps, Politics, Tech

YouTube removed at least 20 channels posting false or divisive content to generate ad dollars. The channels used voice-over actors to read scripts. A sampling of recent clips included: “BREAKING: Trump Just Made One Bold Move – Obama Must Scream”; and “They Did It! – Supreme Court Ends It For Dems.”

How NASA Are Going Back To The Moon

How NASA Are Going Back To The Moon

Explainers, Science, Tech, Videos

While Apollo placed the first steps on the Moon, Artemis opens the door for humanity to sustainably work and live on another world for the first time. Using the lunar surface as a proving ground for living on Mars, this next chapter in exploration will forever establish our presence in the stars.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
The History Of CTRL + ALT + DELETE

The History Of CTRL + ALT + DELETE

History, Tech

In 2013, Bill Gates admitted ctrl+alt+del was a mistake and blamed IBM. With the del key across the keyboard from the other two, it seemed unlikely that all three would be accidentally pressed at the same time. Here’s the story of how the key combination became famous in the first place.

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers Of Us All

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers Of Us All

Business, Long Reads, Tech

Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.

Deepfake Video: The Weaponization Of Fake News

Deepfake Video: The Weaponization Of Fake News

Media, Politics, Tech, Videos

The technology to manipulate video has become so sophisticated that words can literally be put into people’s mouths. Mark Kelley explores how it’s done and why the implications have led the U.S. Defence Department to work to protect itself against the “weaponization” of fake news.

The Secret Rules Of The Internet

The Secret Rules Of The Internet

Long Reads, Politics, Tech

Many US-based companies continue to consign their moderators to the margins, shipping their platforms’ digital waste to “special economic zones” in the Global South. The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech.

Inside The Most Watched YouTube Channel In The World

Inside The Most Watched YouTube Channel In The World

Apps, Business, Tech

India’s T-Series built an online empire from Bollywood. Now it has to survive Netflix. Bhushan Kumar argues that T-Series has no reason to fear this invasion, and not just because it sits behind a moat filled with more than 200 million YouTube subscribers.

No, You Don’t Really Look Like That

No, You Don’t Really Look Like That

Explainers, Tech

Every digital camera uses algorithms to transform the different wavelengths of light that hit its sensor into an actual image. What makes the iPhone XS’s skin-smoothing remarkable is that it is simply the default for the camera. Snap a selfie, and that’s what you get.

Did The Advent Of The First Desktop Computer Lead To Murder?

Did The Advent Of The First Desktop Computer Lead To Murder?

Crime, History, Tech

In the summer of 1965, the Olivetti P101 made it to the New York World’s Fair but only just. It was hidden away in a small room behind the main stand. If anyone found it, it was supposed to be an accident. But a few people did. Soon more and more began to squeeze their way in.

Destroyer Of Worlds

Destroyer Of Worlds

Tech

The story of 8chan’s founder, Fredrick Brennan, is a perfect expression of this: born with a profound disability and shuttled in and out of foster care, his creation of the site was born not out of cold calculation or political ambition, but from a need to find community in loneliness.

Franck Bohbot

Inspiration
Franck Bohbot
The Secret History Of Facial Recognition

The Secret History Of Facial Recognition

History, Long Reads, Tech

Sixty years ago, a sharecropper’s son invented a technology to identify faces. Then the record of his role all but vanished. He died on October 4, 1995. His obituary in the Austin American-Statesman made no mention of his work on facial recognition. Who was Woody Bledsoe, and who was he working for?

Undercover Reporter Reveals Life In A Polish Troll Farm

Undercover Reporter Reveals Life In A Polish Troll Farm

Politics, Tech

Undercover reporter, Katarzyna Pruszkiewicz, spent six months this year working at Cat@Net, which describes itself as an “ePR agency comprising specialists who build a positive image of companies, private individuals and public institutions – mostly in social media.”.

Smartphone Society

Smartphone Society

Photos, Tech

In a world where the smartphone is now ubiquitous, photographers capture daily life in which the personal device is part of the moment. Whether it is used for communication, navigation, a flashlight, a wallet, or to take photos, it’s an essential part of life for many.

Nao Tatsumi Paints From Google Street View For Its Neutral Gaze

Nao Tatsumi Paints From Google Street View For Its Neutral Gaze

Art, Tech

Looking at Nao Tatsumi’s tranquil paintings, it’s evident that the Japanese artist has a background in architecture. The Tokyo-based illustrator and artist turns to the web rather than the outdoors for inspiration, fascinated by the impartial gaze that Google’s location tool offers.

Silicon Valley Is Listening To Your Most Intimate Moments

Silicon Valley Is Listening To Your Most Intimate Moments

Life, Tech

For $12 an hour, “data associates” listened to snippets of random conversations and jotted down every word on their laptops. Amazon would only say the work was critical to a top-secret speech-recognition product. The clips included recordings of intimate moments inside people’s homes.

How Governments Shut Down The Internet

How Governments Shut Down The Internet

Politics, Tech, Videos

Governments around the world are shutting down the internet, saying it’s needed to prevent protests or cheating on exams. But critics say blocking expression and access to information violates human rights. Here’s how internet shutdowns work.

iPhones Are Being Turned Into Ultrasound Devices To Diagnose Patients

iPhones Are Being Turned Into Ultrasound Devices To Diagnose Patients

Health, Innovation, Tech

The world’s first handheld ultrasound device, Butterfly iQ, will give hope to 4.7 billion people who don’t have access to medical imaging, revolutionizing modern medicine. Butterfly Network founder Dr Jonathan Rothberg invented the tool, a battery-operated device the size of an electric shaver that diagnoses abnormalities within seconds.

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