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
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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