Can I Post a Photo of a Bad Driver?
On the ethics of “digilantism.”
Thanks to Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata, We’re All Gamers Now
A nice piece about the legacy of the games industry pioneer who sadly passed away this month.
When Your Manicure Comes Alive
Is the world ready for 3-D-printed fingernails?
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
How Spyware Peddler Hacking Team Was Publicly Dismantled
How the secrets of a company that sells hacking and surveillance tools to disreputable governments were spilled when it became a hacking victim itself.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
Mapping Every Single Job in the U.S.
A visual documentation of America’s employment according to race.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
The Women Who Rule Pluto
The way I learned the planetary mnemonic was: “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas”—not my very energetic, or enthusiastic, or emphatic mother, which is how it sometimes goes. By that same token, I was thrilled to learn that more women than ever played a crucial role in this NASA mission.
—Julia Sklar, intern
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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