The Dream Kickoff
This excellent long read from Grantland tells the story of a Brazilian neuroscientist hoping to display his “mind-controlled exoskeleton” at the World Cup.
—Jane Allen, project manager
Alibaba Said to Weigh Good Fortune of No. 8 in Choosing IPO Date
This story is interesting because it details a cultural belief in good fortune surrounding the date of the impending Alibaba IPO date in the U.S., and the good fortune of the ticker symbol BABA.
—Rob Finley, West Coast sales director
What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades
Writing by hand is more than just plopping symbols on a scroll—it’s helping to develop your right brain.
—J. Juniper Friedman, editorial assistant
Can You Supercharge Your Brain?
A nice feature on the surprising effects of applying electrical currents to one’s brain. (For what it’s worth, the author has written several young adult novels featuring a brilliant gadget-making spy whose name is borrowed from yours truly.)
—Will Knight, news and analysis editor
Exclusive: Inside the FBI’s Fight Against Chinese Cyber Espionage
How the FBI gathered evidence used to indict five Chinese military officers last month for hacking U.S. companies to steal corporate secrets.
—Tom Simonite, senior editor, IT
A Guide to Obama’s New Rules to Cut Carbon Emissions from Power Plants
Here’s a good, in-depth explainer about the EPA’s new climate change regulations.
—Kevin Bullis, senior editor, energy
NSA Surveillance Scandal Began One Year Ago. Here’s What Tech Companies Still Need to Do.
This week marked the first anniversary of the revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. This Slate blog emphasizes how much more technology companies can to do thwart mass surveillance.
—David Talbot, chief correspondent
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.
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.
A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click
Deepfake researchers have long feared the day this would arrive.
The covid tech that is intimately tied to China’s surveillance state
Heat-sensing cameras and face recognition systems may help fight covid-19—but they also make us complicit in the high-tech oppression of Uyghurs.
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