Why Bitcoin’s Male Domination Will Be Its Downfall
Fusion’s Felix Salmon examines an issue that could be problematic for Bitcoin but doesn’t get very much attention: an estimated 96 percent of the Bitcoin community is male.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
Can Bitcoin Conquer Argentina?
A long read in the New York Times Magazine reveals how Bitcoin has emerged as a viable alternative to the volatile Argentinian peso.
Three Days in Beijing with Three of the World’s Most Famous Dissidents
A meeting between Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Edward Snowden collaborator Laura Poitras, and Wikileaks contributor Jacob Appelbaum reveals the complexities, paranoia and contradictions of digital dissident life.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
‘Cut-Through’ Traffic Caused by Waze App Must Stop, L.A. Councilman Says
Residents of a Los Angeles neighborhood are angered as Google’s Waze navigation app directs drivers to take its streets as a shortcut.
Re-Engineering Human Embryos
Tom Ashbrook leads a discussion on “the implications, and the global moral debate.”
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
In the Basement with Transhumanism’s DIY Cyberpunks
Notes on the dream for a super humanity.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind
A nifty and dynamic visualization of how U.S. attitudes have changed on six big sociopolitical issues.
This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting
With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence
On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
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