Sherry Turkle’s “Reclaiming Conversation”
The novelist Jonathan Franzen offers an interesting reflection on a new book about the perils of creeping technological dependence.
—Will Knight, Senior Editor, AI
The Jocks of Computer Code Do It for the Job Offers
Ashlee Vance takes a wry look at the world of competitive computer programming.
How Radiohead’s “Kid A” Kicked Off the Streaming Revolution
A nice piece in Grantland recalls an online experiment that foreshadowed radical changes in the way music is produced, marketed, and consumed.
Beijing’s Test Tube Baby
Frequent MIT Technology Review contributor Christina Larson creates an in-depth profile in Foreign Policy of a new breed of Chinese scientists who are moving out of the country’s traditional research system into private and semiprivate research entities.
—Nanette Byrnes, Senior Editor, Business Reports
That Big Security Fix for Credit Cards Won’t Stop Fraud
The U.S. rollout of credit and debit cards with chips will cost upwards of $200 million. Unfortunately, U.S. card issuers have chosen a flawed version of this technology.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco Bureau Chief
The FAA Has Missed Its Congressionally Mandated Deadline to Regulate Drones
A good summary of the FAA’s progress, or lack thereof, toward regulating commercial drones.
—Mike Orcutt, Associate Editor
A Breast Cancer Surgeon Who Keeps Challenging the Status Quo
A profile of a remarkable doctor suggests that reducing the use of surgery and even screening could improve our approach to breast cancer.
—Linda Lowenthal, Copy Chief
The Car That Killed Glamour
I thought the Tesla WAS a cool car. Shows how much I understand car culture.
Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.
Interesting piece by MIT professor Sherry Turkle about the importance of putting away our phones and actually paying attention to each other.
—Rachel Metz, Senior Editor, Mobile
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Drone Pilot
A deep dive on the mental toll it takes to pilot military drones.
—Kyanna Sutton, Senior Web Producer
Hard to tell whether this service is for real or not. In any case, bet it makes you smile.
These weird virtual creatures evolve their bodies to solve problems
They show how intelligence and body plans are closely linked—and could unlock AI for robots.
Surgeons have successfully tested a pig’s kidney in a human patient
The test, in a brain-dead patient, was very short but represents a milestone in the long quest to use animal organs in human transplants.
Is everything in the world a little bit conscious?
The idea that consciousness is widespread is attractive to many for intellectual and, perhaps, also emotional
reasons. But can it be tested? Surprisingly, perhaps it can.
We reviewed three at-home covid tests. The results were mixed.
Over-the-counter coronavirus tests are finally available in the US. Some are more accurate and easier to use than others.
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