In Historic Vote, New Zealand Bans Software Patents
My two cents: A computer program is “not an invention.” The bill only applies to new patents and there is some ambiguity as to what it covers, but it will be interesting to see if this is the beginning of a trend. Will other countries follow New Zealand’s lead?
—Brent Turner, chief digital officer
Home 3-D Printers Take Us on a Maddening Journey into Another Dimension
Testing several home 3-D printers reveals them to be plagued by technical glitches that make the dream of home manufacturing a distant one.
—Tom Simonite, senior IT editor
Video: Ylvis-The Fox
This video is the best thing to hit the Internet in the past three days, hands down.
—Jane Allen, project manager
“How Can They Be So Good?”: The Strange Story of Skype
Quite liked this deep dive on the history of Skype.
—David Talbot, chief correspondent
How to Build Little Doors Inside Your Shell: The Secrets of Snail Carpentry
Snails prep for fall and winter by building tiny walls inside their shells. It reminds me of the work of Angela Belcher (upcoming EmTech MIT speaker), who designs materials inspired by nature.
—David Sweeney, marketing communications manager
Why I’m Never Going Back to Penny Arcade Expo
This article is about Penny Arcade (a Web comic), its cofounder Mike Krahulik, and the backlash against its response to criticism that one of its comics featured a rape joke that the company’s cofounder continues to defend and perpetuate with merchandise.
—Emily Dunkle, user interface/digital designer
We can’t afford to stop solar geoengineering research
It is the wrong time to take this strategy for combating climate change off the table.
A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click
Deepfake researchers have long feared the day this would arrive.
Meet Altos Labs, Silicon Valley’s latest wild bet on living forever
Funders of a deep-pocketed new "rejuvenation" startup are said to include Jeff Bezos and Yuri Milner.
Meta’s new learning algorithm can teach AI to multi-task
The single technique for teaching neural networks multiple skills is a step towards general-purpose AI.
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