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
DeepMind’s cofounder: Generative AI is just a phase. What’s next is interactive AI.
“This is a profound moment in the history of technology,” says Mustafa Suleyman.
What to know about this autumn’s covid vaccines
New variants will pose a challenge, but early signs suggest the shots will still boost antibody responses.
Human-plus-AI solutions mitigate security threats
With the right human oversight, emerging technologies like artificial intelligence can help keep business and customer data secure
Next slide, please: A brief history of the corporate presentation
From million-dollar slide shows to Steve Jobs’s introduction of the iPhone, a bit of show business never hurt plain old business.
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