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
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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