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
How AI is reinventing what computers are
Three key ways artificial intelligence is changing what it means to compute.
These weird virtual creatures evolve their bodies to solve problems
They show how intelligence and body plans are closely linked—and could unlock AI for robots.
A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click
Deepfake researchers have long feared the day this would arrive.
Surgeons have successfully tested a pig’s kidney in a human patient
The test, in a brain-dead patient, was very short but represents a milestone in the long quest to use animal organs in human transplants.
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