Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?
By John Horgan | Feb 9, 2019
The Pentagon is funding brain-implant research aimed at creating neurally "enhanced" soldiers.
This Person Does Not Exist: Faces created by Generative Adversarial Networks (keep refreshing)
These people are not real.
Zillow Wants to Flip Your House
By Patrick Clark | Feb 14, 2019
A new breed of high-tech real estate flippers is using algorithms (and a healthy dose of Silicon Valley venture capital) to buy at massive scale.
Five Things That Scare Me About AI
By Rachel Thomas | Jan 29, 2019
AI is being increasingly used to make important decisions. Many AI experts (including Jeff Dean, head of AI at Google, and Andrew Ng, founder of Coursera and deeplearning.ai) say that warnings about sentient robots are overblown, but other harms are not getting enough attention.
AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform-Call It Mirrorworld
By Kevin Kelly | Feb 12, 2019
Every December, Adam Savage-star of the TV show MythBusters-releases a video reviewing his "favorite things" from the previous year.
Google Federated Learning: distributed machine learning using mobile devices
By Keith Bonawitz, Hubert Eichner, Wolfgang Grieskamp, etc. | Feb 4, 2019
Federated Learning is a distributed machine learning approach which enables model training on a large corpus of decentralized data.
Meet R.J. Scaringe, Founder Of Rivian Automotive-And Tesla's Worst Nightmare
By Chuck Tannert | Feb 8, 2019
The talk of November's Los Angeles Auto Show wasn't Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, BMW or any of the usual luxury car suspects.
California's self-driving car reports are imperfect, but they're better than nothing
By Andrew J. Hawkins | Feb 13, 2019
Welcome to the disengagement party.
Why the future of life insurance may depend on your online presence
By Angela Chen | Feb 7, 2019
"Don't post photos of yourself smoking on social-media sites. Do post photos of yourself running."
Goldman Sachs and Citi Make $20 Million Venture Bet That Private Equity Wants Consumers' Credit Card Info
By Lucinda Shen | Feb 12, 2019
In a time when the internet seems to have information on just about everything, getting data earlier than most can be the edge needed for a winning investment.
The Next Wave of 'Unicorn' Start-Ups
By Erin Griffith | Feb 10, 2019
Uber and Airbnb were part of an early generation of tech start-ups that quickly reached $1 billion in value. The up-and-coming generation is looking very different.
Fyre Festival Investment Deck
The Fyre Festival pitch deck sent to investors, featuring dozens of influencers who promoted the festival.
Climate activists with cheap balloons could create a DIY geoengineering nightmare
By James Temple | Feb 13, 2019
That scenario poses new questions about the ability to regulate the technology.
An earthquake lasted 50 days, but no one felt it. Here's why.
By Robin George Andrews | Feb 12, 2019
Back in the summer of 2016, a big earthquake struck northwestern Turkey. That's not so unusual, considering that the region sits atop a highly active branching fault network that has a history of producing some seriously powerful tremblors.
This is the alpha version of Terrapattern, a visual search tool for satellite imagery. The project provides journalists, citizen scientists, and other researchers with the ability to quickly scan large geographical regions for specific visual features.
JP Morgan is rolling out the first US bank-backed cryptocurrency to transform payments business
By Hugh Son | Feb 13, 2019
The first cryptocurrency created by a major U.S. bank is here - and it's from J.P. Morgan Chase.
Design and Explore Noise Handshake Patterns
Noise Explorer is an online engine for reasoning about Noise Protocol Framework (revision 34) Handshake Patterns.
How Hackers and Scammers Break into iCloud-Locked iPhones
By Joseph Cox and Jason Koebler | Feb 6, 2019
In a novel melding of physical and cybercrime, hackers, thieves, and even independent repair companies are finding ways to "unlock iCloud" from iPhones.
This Town Was Knocked Offline By Hackers (HBO)
By Del Rio | Feb 8, 2019
City officials in the sleepy West Texas border town of Del Rio arrived to work on January 10th to an ominous situation - their computers didn't work.
The CRISPR machines that can wipe out entire species
By Jackson Ryan | Feb 6, 2019
The genetic-engineering tool could help combat malaria and invasive species. But should we use it?
Medical AI Safety: Doing it wrong
By Luke Oakden-Rayner | Jan 21, 2019
Last post, I said we have a safety problem in medical AI. I even suggested that it is bad enough that it could lead to a tragedy.
The mathematics of diseases
By Matthew Keeling | Mar 1, 2001
Diseases are a ubiquitous part of human life. Many, such as the common cold, have minor symptoms and are purely an annoyance; but others, such as Ebola or AIDS, fill us with dread.
The Secret History of Women in Coding
By Clive Thompson | Feb 13, 2019
As a teenager in Maryland in the 1950s, Mary Allen Wilkes had no plans to become a software pioneer - she dreamed of being a litigator.
Meet the Amateur Astronomers Hunting for Spy Satellites
By Daniel Oberhaus | Feb 13, 2019
It was just before 3 AM on February 28th, 1990, when the space shuttle Atlantis lifted off from Kennedy Space Center to deliver a human skull and a classified satellite to low Earth orbit.
Bruce Lee at the 1967 Long Beach Tournament.
By odieoreilly | Dec 12, 2018
Bruce Lee at the 1967 Long Beach Tournament. Best with headphones on.
How does learning happen in museums?
By Dr Eduardo Araujo Oliveira and Dr Paula de Barba, University of Melbourne | Dec 11, 2018
Bluetooth technology has helped reveal how visitors explore museum exhibitions, and how much they learn in the process.
The Mathematics of the Rubik's Cube: Introduction to Group Theory and Permutation Puzzles
Almost everyone has tried to solve a Rubik's cube.
Let there be light switches
By Dan Hill | Feb 13, 2019
The inventor of the light switch, John Henry Holmes, was a Quaker, member of a doctrine generally united by a fundamental belief in the ability of each person to access "the light within".
Help with the Command Line
Write down a command-line to see the help text that matches each argument.
The 50 Best One-Star Amazon Reviews of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury
By Emily Temple | Feb 8, 2017
William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury is not a particularly easy book to read. This doesn't mean that it's bad, or that books that are easier to read are bad.