Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending March 28, 2014)
Gene Therapy’s Big Comeback
Gene therapy is attracting investors once again: companies have raised $618 million since the beginning of 2013, Forbes reports.
—Susan Young Rojahn, biomedicine editor
Tusk Message Technology: Zoo Keepers Manage Elephant Enclosure with Smartphones
Techno-zoo-ology—let’s keep this going!
—J. Juniper Friedman, editorial assistant
The Brutal Ageism of Tech
This story in The New Republic about ageism in Silicon Valley is really interesting and, frankly, completely depressing.
—Rachel Metz, IT editor, Web and social media
Nakamoto’s Neighbor: My Hunt for Bitcoin’s Creator Led to a Paralyzed Crypto Genius
Meet the “brilliant Forrest Gump of cryptographic history” who still owes the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto 10 bitcoins.
—Tom Simonite, senior editor, IT
Watching Team Upworthy Work Is Enough to Make You a Cynic. Or Lose Your Cynicism. Or Both. Or Neither.
If Upworthy makes you want to punch someone in the face, apparently you’re just old and bitter. Like me.
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
‘The Technology Is Out There,’ but Satellites Don’t Track Jets
Why don’t satellites track jets? How hard would it really be? In the wake of the Malaysian jet disappearance, this NY Times piece gives a good explainer of what would be possible and why it’s not actually done.
—David Talbot, chief correspondent
A Social Media Storm Descends on Taiji, the Japanese Town at the Center of a Dolphin Slaughter
This immersive Newsweek report on an annual “dolphin drive” in Japan details “the latest example of how social activism is being transformed by technology.”
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
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.”
ChatGPT is going to change education, not destroy it
The narrative around cheating students doesn’t tell the whole story. Meet the teachers who think generative AI could actually make learning better.
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.
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