The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage
Crazy story from Bloomberg about how a guy built his own self-driving car at home.
—Rachel Metz, Senior Editor, Mobile
U.S. Navy Recruits Gut Microbes to Fight Obesity and Disease
A look at some basic military-supported research aimed at creating a “smart” E. coli that can sense chemical disturbances in the gut and then deliver drugs to head off a variety of related disorders.
—Mike Orcutt, Associate Editor
Through the Looking Glass
A profile of 2014 Innovator Under 35 Manu Prakash asks what a $1 microscope is good for.
—Linda Lowenthal, Copy Chief
In Who Do We Trust? How Privilege Plays Out in Security and Privacy Online
An interesting perspective on computer security. The author argues that some of the best privacy practices are costly to implement or known primarily to people in technical circles. As a result, she says, “marginalized people, including women and people of color, are disproportionately impacted by Internet-related crimes, harassment and invasion of privacy.”
—Brian Bergstein, Executive Editor
SynTouch Is Giving Robots the Ability to Feel Textures Like Humans Do
Now robots can like fuzzy bunnies too.
—J. Juniper Friedman, Associate Web Producer
Please Don’t Shut Down the Internet, Donald Trump
A nice piece explains Donald Trump’s seemingly deranged comments regarding “shutting down” the Internet, and why the idea won’t work.
—Will Knight, Senior Editor, AI
In a Self-Serve World, Start-Ups Find Value in Human Helpers
Farhad Manjoo on the enduring value of human expertise, and the startups that are bucking recent history by making it central to their products.
OpenAI Won’t Benefit Humanity Without Data-Sharing
A thoughtful piece in the Guardian points out that there’s more to making artificial intelligence more egalitarian than releasing algorithms.
A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet. How did screenshots end up on Facebook?
Robot vacuum companies say your images are safe, but a sprawling global supply chain for data from our devices creates risk.
A startup says it’s begun releasing particles into the atmosphere, in an effort to tweak the climate
Make Sunsets is already attempting to earn revenue for geoengineering, a move likely to provoke widespread criticism.
10 Breakthrough Technologies 2023
These exclusive satellite images show that Saudi Arabia’s sci-fi megacity is well underway
Weirdly, any recent work on The Line doesn’t show up on Google Maps. But we got the images anyway.
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