The Inside Story of Oculus Rift and How Virtual Reality Became Reality
How Oculus Rift revived the dream of virtual reality.
—Tom Simonite, senior editor, IT
It’s Official: Climate Change Is Now More Divisive Than Abortion
A survey of New Hampshire voters suggests that Democrats and Republicans now disagree more about whether humans are contributing to global climate change than about any other issue.
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
Police, Pedestrians, and the Social Ballet of Merging
John Leonard, a professor at MIT, shoots situations around Boston and Cambridge that could confound self-driving cars. Worryingly, I recognize several from my daily commute.
—Will Knight, news and analysis editor
A nice review of Michael Lewis’s book about high-frequency trading, which I also highly recommend.
Q&A: Google Self-Driving Car Head Chris Urmson on Building a Car From Scratch
This Q&A gives good insight into the potential (and arguably inevitable) mass product appeal of one of Google’s “moonshot” spinoff businesses.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Who’s Behind That Tweet? Here’s How 7 News Orgs Manage Their Twitter and Facebook Accounts
Social media producers at various news outlets argue why promotional posts on social media platforms need to be crafted by a human, not a bot, to garner optimal click-throughs.
The Story of One Whale Who Tried to Bridge the Linguistic Divide Between Animals and Humans
Next time I go swimming, I would like to talk to whales.
—J. Juniper Friedman, editorial assistant
A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet. How did screenshots end up on Facebook?
Robot vacuum companies say your images are safe, but a sprawling global supply chain for data from our devices creates risk.
A startup says it’s begun releasing particles into the atmosphere, in an effort to tweak the climate
Make Sunsets is already attempting to earn revenue for geoengineering, a move likely to provoke widespread criticism.
10 Breakthrough Technologies 2023
These exclusive satellite images show that Saudi Arabia’s sci-fi megacity is well underway
Weirdly, any recent work on The Line doesn’t show up on Google Maps. But we got the images anyway.
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