Why Cars Remain So Appealing Even in Cities with Decent Public Transit
Visualizations from the MIT Media Lab demonstrate the best way to get around your city. Good news for biking. Not so good for public transportation.
—Timothy Maher, managing editor
In President Obama’s White House, Some Traditions Give Way to Modern Technology
Interesting Washington Post piece on how the White House uses technology on a day-to-day basis
—David Talbot, chief correspondent
That Time 2 Bots Were Talking, and Bank of America Butted In
This piece starts out funny but ends up slightly chilling, as Alexis Madrigal imagines a future in which bots mediate more and more of our lives.
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports
Does Spending Big on Research Pay Off for Tech Companies? Not Really.
The stocks of companies that spend the most on R&D tend to perform poorly.
Germany’s World Cup Hammering of Brazil Broke Twitter Records
Look like Germany busted Brazil and the Internet.
—J. Juniper Friedman, editorial assistant
MIT Finger Device Reads to the Blind in Real Time
A device worn like a ring scans printed text and reads it in a synthesized voice.
—Linda Cardinal, office coordinator
The big new idea for making self-driving cars that can go anywhere
The mainstream approach to driverless cars is slow and difficult. These startups think going all-in on AI will get there faster.
Inside Charm Industrial’s big bet on corn stalks for carbon removal
The startup used plant matter and bio-oil to sequester thousands of tons of carbon. The question now is how reliable, scalable, and economical this approach will prove.
The dark secret behind those cute AI-generated animal images
Google Brain has revealed its own image-making AI, called Imagen. But don't expect to see anything that isn't wholesome.
The hype around DeepMind’s new AI model misses what’s actually cool about it
Some worry that the chatter about these tools is doing the whole field a disservice.
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