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Future Shock In The Countryside

Future Shock In The Countryside

Nature, Tech

Conflicting populations already struggle against the seasonal chaos of floods and droughts. The large industrial centers that power fossil-fuel pollution are at risk—the Pearl River Delta is one—but disproportionate consequences are poised to fall upon areas that did little to contribute.

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.

Google Maps Is Different Depending On Your Location

Google Maps Is Different Depending On Your Location

Explainers, Tech, Videos

If you go on Google Maps in Japan, the region between South Korea and Japan is shown as the “Sea of Japan”. However, if you’re using Google Maps inside South Korea, it will instead appear by the name “East Sea”. Two names for the same body of water on the same site.

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.

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.

Digital Technology Is Not To Blame For Our Hyperfast Lives

Digital Technology Is Not To Blame For Our Hyperfast Lives

Life, Psychology, Tech

Life in the 21st century, we are told, is faster than ever. Time is scarce, the pace of everyday life is accelerating, and everyone complains about how busy they are. For all the smart tech, we still feel pressed for time. Are digital services the problem, or are we humans to blame?

Palantir’s Top-Secret User Manual For Cops

Palantir’s Top-Secret User Manual For Cops

Crime, Science, Tech

Palantir is one of the most significant and secretive companies in big data analysis. The company acts as an information management service for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, corporations like JP Morgan and Airbus, and dozens of other local, state, and federal agencies.

3D Printing Homes For The Homeless In Austin

3D Printing Homes For The Homeless In Austin

Cities, Innovation, Tech, Videos

ICON, the 3D-printing construction company, has partnered with Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF) to build 3D-printed homes in Austin. The only neighborhood of its kind in the nation, Community First! Village provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness.

Myriam Boulos

Inspiration
Myriam Boulos
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?

We Asked An AI To Write A Column For Us. The Results Were Wild

We Asked An AI To Write A Column For Us. The Results Were Wild

Media, Tech

We’ve been testing weekly short fiction pieces scribed by GPT-2, a text-generating artificial intelligence algorithm originally built by OpenAI. We give the algorithm a sentence from a real article, and the algorithm iteratively generates what it thinks the next word should be.

The Web We Have To Save

The Web We Have To Save

Long Reads, Media, Tech

In the past, the web was powerful and serious enough to land me in jail. Today it feels like little more than entertainment. The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?

Who To Sue When A Robot Loses Your Fortune

Who To Sue When A Robot Loses Your Fortune

Business, Tech

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.

The Most Common Airbnb Scams Worldwide

The Most Common Airbnb Scams Worldwide

Apps, Crime, Tech

Scammers all over the world have figured how best to game the Airbnb platform: by engaging in bait and switches; charging guests for fake damages; persuading people to pay outside the Airbnb app, and engaging in clumsy or threatening demands for five-star reviews to hide the evidence of what they’ve done.

The Gambler Who Cracked The Horse-Racing Code

The Gambler Who Cracked The Horse-Racing Code

Long Reads, Tech

Bill Benter did the impossible: He wrote an algorithm that couldn’t lose at the track. Close to a billion dollars later, he tells his story for the first time. “I find the real business world to be a lot more difficult than horse racing.”

Inside SpinLaunch, The Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Inside SpinLaunch, The Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Science, Tech

Last summer, a secretive space company took up residence in a massive warehouse in the sun-soaked industrial neighborhood that surrounds Long Beach Airport. The company is building a massive centrifuge to accelerate rockets and send them screaming into space.

Marion Ben-Lisa

Inspiration
Marion Ben-Lisa
The Internet's Second Revolution

The Internet's Second Revolution

Tech, Videos

The second half of humanity is joining the internet. People in countries like India will change the internet, and it will change them. You have a whole bunch of languages that don’t enjoy very good support in terms of web browsers or input. And you have a whole bunch of people who can’t actually read or write.

The Diabetes Patients Who Hacked A Pancreas

The Diabetes Patients Who Hacked A Pancreas

Health, Science, Tech

While diabetics anxiously awaited the release of commercial systems, tech-savvy diabetics and their loved ones worked on do-it-yourself systems. How could a bunch of hackers, working in their free time, create something medical manufacturing companies had yet to put on the market?

Behind The Scenes At Rotten Tomatoes

Behind The Scenes At Rotten Tomatoes

Long Reads, Media, Tech

Humans, not algorithms, determine those ubiquitous scores. The Tomato­meter is run by a team of “curators” who read just about every known review from a gigantic pool of approved critics, then decide if each is positive or negative. Once a movie has five reviews, it is Tomatometer-eligible.

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?

The Display Of The Future Might Be In Your Contact Lens

The Display Of The Future Might Be In Your Contact Lens

Innovation, Tech

As my eyes flitted around the room, I moved through a virtual interface only visible to me—scrolling through a calendar, looking up commute times home, and even controlling music playback. It’s all I theoretically need to do to use Mojo Lens, a smart contact lens coming from a company called Mojo Vision.

For The Smartphone Industry, Theft Is A Part Of The Business Model

For The Smartphone Industry, Theft Is A Part Of The Business Model

Long Reads, Tech

The manufacturer profits by hawking a replacement phone; the carrier profits double, by locking the crime victim into a new contract, then opening an account with whomever ends up with the stolen phone. Telecom companies even profit from the specter of phone theft, by selling expensive insurance policies to protect their users.

How The Dumb Design Of A WWII Plane Led To The Macintosh

How The Dumb Design Of A WWII Plane Led To The Macintosh

Design, Explainers, History, Tech

For all the triumph of America’s new planes and tanks during World War II, a silent reaper stalked the battlefield: accidental deaths and mysterious crashes that no amount of training ever seemed to fix. At first, pilots took the blame for crashes. The true cause, however, lay with the design. That lesson led us into our user-friendly age—but there’s peril to come.

Unfold: The App That Lets You Create Beautiful Stories

Unfold: The App That Lets You Create Beautiful Stories

Apps, Tech

Unfold is an app and toolkit for storytellers. It’s used by celebs, influencers and other Instagram power users. Create beautiful and engaging stories from minimal and elegant templates. The app is available for iOS and Android.

Fatma Demir

Inspiration
Fatma Demir
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.

Before Tinder, There Was Dateline

Before Tinder, There Was Dateline

Apps, Life, Tech

Operation Match was a computer dating service started at Harvard in 1965 by two undergraduates, that paired students together for dates for $3 a pop. Students filled in questionnaires which were processed by an IBM 1401 before receiving the names and telephone numbers of their matches in the post.

What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town

What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town

Long Reads, Tech

Miners now pouring into Eastern Washington are building sites with tens of thousands of servers and electrical loads of as much as 30 megawatts, or enough to power a neighborhood of 13,000 homes. And in the arms race that cryptocurrency mining has become, even these operations will soon be considered small-scale.

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