On Taxis and Rainbows
A fantastic post about de-anonymizing a vast trove of New York taxi data. With growing quantities of public data being collected and released, it’s an important issue to consider.
Four Ways Cities Can Invest Now in Climate Resilience
A sketch of how cities can accommodate rising sea levels: let the water in.
—Kevin Bullis, senior editor, energy
This Internet Millionaire Has a New Deal For You
This story from D Magazine is really interesting—it tells the tale of Matt Rutledge, who created the one-product-per-day online retailer Woot.com, and what happened after he sold Woot to Amazon. Should note: spotted via Valleywag. I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise, most likely.
—Rachel Metz, IT editor
Vertex’s 2-Drug Cystic Fibrosis Pill Shows Promise
A nice explanation of why recent clinical results of Vertex’s new drug are a big deal. It’s the next step after Vertex’s initital breakthrough CF drug profiled in our November/December 2013 cover story.
—David Rotman, editor
Secrets of the Creative Brain
This is a fascinating account of research on creativity in the human brain, the manifestation of so-called creative genius, and why it often intersects with mental illness.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior web producer
The Supreme Court’s Huge New Cellphone Privacy Ruling, Explained
Vox has a helpful explainer of the details surrounding this week’s “moderately” surprising Supreme Court ruling on whether police can legally search a suspect’s cell phone without a warrant.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
This new data poisoning tool lets artists fight back against generative AI
The tool, called Nightshade, messes up training data in ways that could cause serious damage to image-generating AI models.
The Biggest Questions: What is death?
New neuroscience is challenging our understanding of the dying process—bringing opportunities for the living.
Rogue superintelligence and merging with machines: Inside the mind of OpenAI’s chief scientist
An exclusive conversation with Ilya Sutskever on his fears for the future of AI and why they’ve made him change the focus of his life’s work.
How to fix the internet
If we want online discourse to improve, we need to move beyond the big platforms.
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