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.
This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting
With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence
On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
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