Brain Hackers Beware: Scientist Says tDCS Has No Effect
Those brain-stimulating gizmos you heard about? Many studies find they really do something. Just never the same thing.
Netflix’s Secret Special Algorithm Is a Human
I like Tim Wu’s New Yorker piece on how Netflix complements its trove of viewership stats with human instinct when betting on new shows.
—Kristin Majcher, special projects editor
At Silk Road Trial, Lawyers Fight to Include Evidence They Call Vital: Emoji
How do you read an emoticon in court? Silk Road underground marketplace trial runs into tricky problem of how to orally express typed conversations.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
Never Trust a Corporation to Do a Library’s Job
The story of Internet Archive, a nonprofit that’s taken on Google’ onetime mission of preserving the past.
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports
Learning from Animal Friendships
“Animals share abilities once considered exclusive to humans, including some emotions, tool use, counting, certain aspects of language and even a moral sense.”
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
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 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.
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.
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