Exit Interview: Mathew Ingram
Mathew Ingram, the media critic of GigaOm, does his exit interview with the Columbia Journalism Review after GigaOm suddenly folds.
—Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher
Finding Out What the Past Smelled Like
An archaeologist has created a multisensory augmented-reality system to bring prehistoric settlements to life.
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
Venture Capital Has a Self-Dealing Problem
It’s surprisingly common – and ethically questionable – for venture funds to invest in their own partners’ side businesses
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports
Disney’s $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband
Disney World uses technology to reduce friction in its self-contained paradise. Could something like it work in the real world?
—Brian Bergstein, deputy editor
Exclusive: IBM Looking at Adopting Bitcoin Technology for Major Currencies
A “source familiar with the matter” tells Reuters that IBM is adopting something like Bitcoin’s blockchain to create a digital system for exchanging major currencies.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
Philip K. Dick Was Right: We Are Becoming Androids
An interesting essay about our relationship with technology.
—Will Knight, news and analysis editor
A Glimpse at How the Apple Watch is Made
A product designer finds clues to Apple’s manufacturing methods in a recent promotional video.
This ambitious crowdsourcing project seeks to build a searchable and comprehensive database of people killed by law enforcement officers. The interactive can filter deaths by race, year, and cause.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Finger-Mounted Reading Device for the Blind
MIT has developed a device that guides a blind user’s finger along a line of text and reads the words aloud.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
We can’t afford to stop solar geoengineering research
It is the wrong time to take this strategy for combating climate change off the table.
A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click
Deepfake researchers have long feared the day this would arrive.
Meet Altos Labs, Silicon Valley’s latest wild bet on living forever
Funders of a deep-pocketed new "rejuvenation" startup are said to include Jeff Bezos and Yuri Milner.
Meta’s new learning algorithm can teach AI to multi-task
The single technique for teaching neural networks multiple skills is a step towards general-purpose AI.
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