Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending September 27, 2014)
WHO, CDC Publish Grim New Ebola Projections
Could Ebola become endemic to West Africa?
—Antonio Regalado, senior editor, business
New Level of Smartphone Encryption Alarms Law Enforcement
Snowden fallout: Google and Apple now advertising that their phone systems may be able to beat a court order.
Hackathon Aims to Invent Breast Pumps That Don’t Suck
More than 150 engineers, designers, health-care specialists, and parents get together to reinvent the breast pump.
—Tom Simonite, senior editor, IT
Time for a Federal Robotics Agency
Law professor Ryan Calo argues that the U.S. government needs a new agency to promote and regulate autonomous machines.
The Solace of Oblivion
What’s involved in complying with the E.U.’s ruling on the right to be forgotten by a search engine?
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
The Human Factor
This feature explores the paradoxical safety implications of autopilot technology–a phenomenon with relevance to other areas where technology is taking control out of human hands.
—Will Knight, news and analysis editor
De Blasio’s Fault or Not, Fatal or Not, Groundhog Had an Early Fall
A trenchant analysis of the Mayor of New York’s manual dexterity and its apparent connection to the sudden death of a revered hedgehog.
—Kevin Bullis, senior editor, materials
Superb essay in Harper’s on the inevitable demise of public television. Story is paywalled but well worth the price of admission.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
The Good Death
An absorbing long read that explores a fundamental existential fear.
Some iPhone 6 Plus Users Find an Unwanted Feature: It Bends
Hipsters beware – you can’t wear skinny jeans and put an iPhone 6 Plus in your pocket.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
Geoffrey Hinton tells us why he’s now scared of the tech he helped build
“I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
ChatGPT is going to change education, not destroy it
The narrative around cheating students doesn’t tell the whole story. Meet the teachers who think generative AI could actually make learning better.
Meet the people who use Notion to plan their whole lives
The workplace tool’s appeal extends far beyond organizing work projects. Many users find it’s just as useful for managing their free time.
Learning to code isn’t enough
Historically, learn-to-code efforts have provided opportunities for the few, but new efforts are aiming to be inclusive.
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