Recommended from Around the Web (Week ending August 22, 2015)
The ability to develop and then maintain ownership of crop technologies is a strategic advantage for companies—and countries.
—Brian Bergstein, executive editor
Science Isn’t Broken
Try your hand at P-hacking – a trick whereby scientists accidentally or intentionally manipulate their data to get a particular result.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bustling Workplace
A New York Times investigation sheds some light on Amazon’s tough workplace culture.
—Will Knight, senior editor, AI
The Weight of the World
A profile of the woman charged with persuading countries to do something about climate change.
Social Networks Aren’t Drawing U.S. Adults Like They Used To
The findings of a Pew study shed light on why Facebook and others are pushing so hard overseas.
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports
The FBI Has Clinton’s E-mail Server. Now What?
Wired has produced the perfect story for a week of embarrassing revelations.
Ad Blockers and the Nuisance at the Heart of the Modern Web
Farhad Manjoo explains why ad blockers may be the best thing to ever happen to online advertising.
—Timothy Maher, managing editor
If You Spill Water on This Book, That’s a Good Thing
The pages of this book remove disease-causing bacteria from undrinkable water.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
Meet a Completely Colorblind Man Who Uses Special Tech to “Hear” Colors
A wonderful short film about one man’s achromatopsia, his technology-enabled synesthesia, and embracing “the singularity.”
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Here’s What the Next 38 Emoji Might Look Like—Including Bacon, a Clown, and the Selfie
Clinking champagne glasses and an avocado are my faves. The pregnant woman emoticon is a good addition, but I was disappointed that there are still no emojis depicting females in athletic activities.
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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