November 21, 2018

Tech

"China’s leaders like the internet they have created. And now, they want to direct the nation’s talent and tech acumen toward an even loftier end: building an innovation-driven economy, one that produces world-leading companies."

"While the revelation of an apparent indictment against Julian Assange sets an ominous precedent for news organizations, it also serves as a reminder of his group’s stark transformation."

"By shifting accents, Australian expatriates are seen to be shifting class and status, indicating a sense of superiority to those who remain in Australia. The quickly acquired faux-British accent in particular has been associated with pretension..."

"The first pig-to-human skin graft using live cells is set to take place this month in Boston. At the same time, Tector is readying a clinical trial in which he will install his triple-knockout pigs’ kidneys in dialysis patients..."

"What will climate adaptation look like? A million individual products, each precisely targeted on social media to the intersection of a consumer culture and a catastrophe."

"The futurist philosopher Yuval Noah Harari thinks Silicon Valley is an engine of dystopian ruin. So why do the digital elite adore him so?"

"Accepting the protesters' demand that Google eliminate mandatory arbitration in harassment and discrimination cases would force others to follow."

"YouTube wants to recommend things people will like, and the clearest signal of that is whether other people liked them. Pew found that 64 percent of recommendations went to videos with more than a million views."

"The HDI is like a country’s report card... However, it still suffers from real flaws. There have been numerous attempts to do its job better, including one that we published on Nov. 6."

"It is one thing for a site to tell a user they must take their hate elsewhere. It is another for the actors who control the Internet’s infrastructure to prevent the site itself from operating."

"It’s hard to argue against the comforts of modernity. Avocado toast, fiber optics, Roombas. What’s not to love? But there are always tradeoffs."

"[New] approaches are helping people move parts of their bodies that they couldn’t before. Still, despite the successes, there’s a long way to go before either method is made available to patients at a broader scale."

"Badiucao’s new exhibition launches in Hong Kong on November 3, but the Chinese artist and cartoonist won’t be attending it, because he’s scared that if he does he’ll be “disappeared” by Communist Party of China (CPC) agents."

"Tech is displacing work, not just for low-income, low-skilled workers, but increasingly on middle-class professions too. Information-based work, where computers can do more efficient and accurate work is all under threat."

"Technology has always been a coin with two sides: potential and peril. That’s what Mary Shelley explored in “Frankenstein,” which is celebrating its 200th birthday this year, and it has been the main theme of science fiction ever since."

"Electric vehicles are going to render the fight over fuel economy standards moot. The auto industry is headed for revolution, Trump notwithstanding."

"Perhaps the global rise of authoritarians and big tech platforms are merely correlated, and no causation can be proved. But I increasingly wonder whether we would benefit if tech companies assumed that some level of causation was real."

"When it comes to machine learning, things can get a little spooky: We know an algorithm can solve a problem, but we often don’t know exactly how."

If a self-driving car is headed towards a baby and an elderly woman, which should it hit? New research into public opinion may offer an answer - and the elderly won't be pleased.

"Space travel presents its own unique challenges to the Jewish astronaut: How can one procure kosher space food, as well as all the other necessities of Jewish life? How does one face Jerusalem when praying in orbit?"

A human mission to Mars would be more than a visit. The astronauts would be up in space for a considerable amount of time. That might mean having kids in Zero-G.

"On its face, voting by phone makes sense. Nearly ninety-five per cent of American adults own mobile phones, and rely on them for all sorts of secure transactions."

"The “Kmart” group on the photo-sharing website Flickr has amassed a staggering twenty-five thousand photos of its subject, a struggling American discount store."

Elizabeth Warren's DNA test, which she used to prove her own Native American heritage, has stirred a controversy about identity and genetics. But how accurate are DNA tests anyway?

"Recently my son visited a Holocaust Museum where a program called New Dimensions in Testimony provided a hologram of an Auschwitz survivor. The unreal man would answer any question the children asked about the horrors of history. "

“Google engineer triggered self-driving car accident that went unreported.”

“When we die now, we leave a multitude of digital relics behind. Can we grieve properly for those we love when the dead remain with us?”

“The solution is so simple it’s almost laughable: just make our clouds a little more reflective, so they reflect more of the sun’s light, and thus reduce our heat.”

"New techniques that dig more deeply into genetic databases may soon make the anonymity of their customers’ DNA impossible to safeguard."

“Across the technology industry, rank-and-file employees are demanding greater insight into how their companies are deploying the technology that they built.”

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