Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending May 9, 2015)
Secret’s Doomed Script
Business journalist Joe Nocera writes about the death of Secret and Silicon Valley’s remarkable capacity for self-parody.
—Will Knight, senior editor, AI
The Lessons Google Ventures Learned from Secret
An interesting NYT piece regarding the death of the anonymous app Secret, with some candid comments from Google Ventures investor Bill Maris.
—Rachel Metz, senior editor, mobile
A Few Thoughts on Secret
Maris’s follow-up on Medium
Backed into a Corner
The complicated, emotional winding down of Kickstarter projects gone bad.
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports
Forget the Apple Watch and Make Your Own Wearable Technology
Q&A with Beck Stern, an artist whose idea of wearables focuses not on mass production but the “radically customized.”
Everybody Dies: How to Preserve Your Digital Legacy
A thought-provoking guide on how to prepare your online accounts for the day you’re not around to look after them any more.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
I Was an Undercover Uber Driver
A journalist signs on as an Uber driver to give an insight into life at the beck and call of the company’s app, ratings system, and customers.
Atul Gawande, a surgeon and public-health researcher, gives my skeptical mind regarding the U.S. health-care system a tiny bit of hope.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
Leaving New York and Also Technology
An entertaining read about one man’s reasons for leaving his techno-hipster haven in Brooklyn and trying to go off the grid.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook Are at War Over the Future of News — And One of Them Tried to Buy a Media Company
On the “land grab” for online news distribution and the ongoing disruption of the media business.
Why Hawaiians Are Protesting Construction of the World’s Second-Largest Telescope
Ancestry versus technology in Hawaii.
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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