Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending March 21, 2014)
The Making of Myths
A software developer discusses how fallacies in his field form and ossify, and how that limits our imagination of what software can do.
—Brian Bergstein, deputy editor
Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem
A young technologist asks why so much of Silicon Valley is drawn to creating trivial applications.
Most of Us Are Part Neanderthal
Steven Mithen in the New York Review of Books reviews Svante Pääbo’s new book about sequencing the genome of a neanderthal. It’s a classic technology story: Pääbo’s breakthrough occurred only because he made a bet on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) when his academic competitors bet on different technologies. But the insights derived from the sequencing will tell us how humans differ from neanderthals; and in that difference is what makes us uniquely us.
—Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher
U.K. to Replace 1-Pound Coin with Secure 12-Edged Design
You can keep your bitcoins. U.K. readies counterfeit-proof 12-sided £1 coin, modelled on discontinued threepenny.
—Tom Simonite, senior editor, IT
How 3D Printers Forge New Art from Old Etchings
Flat art turns to sculpture with 3-D printing technology.
—J. Juniper Friedman, editorial assistant
Venture Money Flows Into Hardware Startups (WSJ paywall)
Interesting numbers from the Wall Street Journal show how much money is being invested in hardware startups.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
Tesla’s Bet on Winning the Global Lithium Race
I really liked this piece on Tesla and its battery ambitions.
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports
Dorian S. Nakamoto Hires Lawyer to ‘Clear His Name’ of Bitcoin Claim
Man named as Bitcoin creator hires lawyer to deny it.
—Antonio Regalado, senior editor, business
Bitcoin-Stealing Malware Hidden in Mt. Gox Data Dump
Downside to everyone’s-a-reporter trend: leaked Bitcoin documents contain bitcoin-stealing malware.
Geoffrey Hinton tells us why he’s now scared of the tech he helped build
“I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
Meet the people who use Notion to plan their whole lives
The workplace tool’s appeal extends far beyond organizing work projects. Many users find it’s just as useful for managing their free time.
Learning to code isn’t enough
Historically, learn-to-code efforts have provided opportunities for the few, but new efforts are aiming to be inclusive.
Deep learning pioneer Geoffrey Hinton has quit Google
Hinton will be speaking at EmTech Digital on Wednesday.
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