Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending January 24, 2015)
Smartphones Don’t Make Us Dumb
It’s not clear that phones shrink our attention span, but they may be changing the way we think, reducing reflection and daydreaming.
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports
Deep Web Marketplaces
VC Joel Monegro’s primer on the Dark Web includes some possible implications for other businesses.
Google Search Will Be Your Next Brain
Steven Levy’s four-part Medium series on Google search.
—Antonio Regalado, senior editor, biomedicine
The Whole Haystack
Mattathias Schwartz digs into the NSA’s claim that bulk phone records are useful in sniffing out terrorists.
—Brian Bergstein, deputy editor
Microsoft in the Age of Satya Nadella
A long look at how Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella plans to remake the company with a holographic headset.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
At 90, She’s Designing Tech for Aging Boomers
Ninety-year-old designer Barbara Beskind guides young designers toward technological innovations caterered to older generations.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
How Paper Magazine’s Web Engineers Scaled the Back-End for Kim Kardashian (SFW)
A fun read (if you’re interested in the often bizarre way websites actually work).
—Will Knight, news and analysis editor
Why Can’t the World’s Greatest Minds Solve the Mystery of Consciousness?
A fascinating piece that might even persuade you that your smartphone has a soul.
A very good new science podcast.
Project HoloLens: Our Exclusive Hands-On with Microsoft’s Holographic Goggles
Wired’s exclusive investigation of Microsoft’s new technology.
—Kristin Majcher, special projects editor
Government Health Care Website Quietly Sharing Personal Data
Though what is exactly is disclosed and how it might be used is unclear, the AP has an interesting if not alarming scoop regarding Healthcare.gov.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
Vehicle-Mounted Cameras See When Buildings Leak Energy
The equivalent of Google street view for identifying wasted energy.
—Kevin Bullis, senior editor, materials
The Future of Control: Putting Virtual Wind Turbines Inside Real Ones
An interesting long read about GE’s advanced energy modeling research in Shanghai.
—David Talbot, chief correspondent
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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