The Biggest Technology Failures of 2016
The glowing plant that didn’t glow
It seemed like a breakout moment for do-it-yourself biology. A super-successful Kickstarter campaign raised nearly $500,000 to genetically engineer a house plant able to luminesce in the dark. The glowing plant quickly became a symbol of the big dreams of biohackers. But it turns out that engineering life isn’t so easy. This year, we learned that there is still no glowing plant and no money left to repay the project’s more than 5,000 backers, most of whom paid Kickstarter $40 or more. Now the glowing plant is a symbol of false promises.
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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