Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending March 28, 2015)
The Taming of Tech Criticism
Evgeny Morozov points out the essential conservatism at the heart of most technology criticism.
—Brian Bergstein, deputy editor
Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House
What is Google so afraid of that it spends so much time lobbying Washington?
A New Series of Water-Activated Illustrations and Games on Seattle Sidewalks Only Appear When It Rains
Citizens of the raintropolis that is Seattle are enjoying these technology-driven works of public art, which can only be seen when they’re wet.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Putting a Virtual Nose on Video Games Could Reduce Simulator Sickness
Researchers find that adding a virtual nose to your view from inside a virtual reality headset reduces motion sickness.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
Rethinking the Brain
Criticism of billion-euro Human Brain Project was justified, says report.
—Antonio Regalado, senior editor, biomedicine
The War Over Who Steve Jobs Was
Interesting look at the conflict behind different biographical takes on Steve Jobs.
—Rachel Metz, senior editor, mobile
Drones Beaming Web Access Are in the Stars for Facebook
Is Facebook really just still trying to connect people? Skeptics beware.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
Mapping the Sneakernet
The idea of Internet access usually ignores the informal flow of information.
—Will Knight, news and analysis editor
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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