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The Man Who Knew Too Little - The New York Times
The most ignorant man in America knows that Donald Trump is president — but that’s about it. Living a liberal fantasy is complicated.
politics  technology  news  nytimes  erikhagerman  ohio  athensohio  donaldtrump  media 
april 2018 by brendanmcfadden
Planning Mexico City’s future - Curbed
How Mexico City’s urban innovation lab tackles the city’s challenges
mexicocity  mexico  curbed  urbanism  urbanplanning  technology  innovationlab  cities 
april 2018 by brendanmcfadden
Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues - The New York Times
Kayla Delzer, a teacher in Mapleton, N.D., has created a flexible classroom where her third graders sit where they please and learn to post on Instagram. Tech companies are courting teachers like Ms. Delzer to help improve and promote their education tools.
education  ethics  teaching  teachers  social  siliconvalley  tech  nytimes  technology  socialmedia 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Where Self-Driving Cars Go to Learn - The New York Times
Arizona’s promise to keep the driverless car industry free of regulations
has attracted dozens of companies, including Uber, Waymo and Lyft
arizona  nytimes  selfdrivingcars  uber  waymo  lyft  technology 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Are Artists the New Interpreters of Scientific Innovation? - The New York Times
Meanwhile, in the U.S., two visionaries were also campaigning for a greater collaborative relationship between modern art and science: Gyorgy Kepes, who founded the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T. in 1967, and the artist Robert Rauschenberg, who, around the same time, co-founded E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology) with the engineers Billy Kluver and Fred Waldhauer and artist Robert Whitman, to initiate and support collaborations between artists and scientists. (Their most publicized project was a series of installations, including a water-vapor sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya and physicist Thomas Mee, made for the dome at the 1970 world’s fair, Expo ’70, in Osaka, Japan.) Two years later, NASA invited Rauschenberg to witness the launch of Apollo 11, the first manned voyage to the moon — an experience that resulted in ‘‘Stoned Moon,’’ a remarkable series of lithographic prints.
art  technology  science  nytimes  tmagazine 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Improbable Origins of PowerPoint - IEEE Spectrum
Here’s the surprising story behind the software that conquered the world, one slide at a time
ieee  spectrum  powerpoint  invention  history  microsoft  technology 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Does Facebook Even Know How to Control Facebook? - The Atlantic
Under intense congressional scrutiny, the social giant will have to answer questions about whether it can rein in its own product.
facebook  alexismadrigal  socialmedia  technology 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end
This was my first look at Twitter, or twttr, as it was annoyingly called then. I was right about the logo and wrong about the service. It wasn’t stupid, it was just hard to explain.
technology  medium  twitter  socialmedia  culture 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling - The New York Times
A young woman, wearing a traditional full-length Amish dress and white bonnet, stepped away from a farmer’s market, opened her palm and revealed a smartphone. She began to scroll through screens, seemingly oblivious to the activity around her.
nytimes  amish  technology  culture 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
After 3 Decades in France, Minitel’s Days Are Numbered - The New York Times
The Minitel, the once-revolutionary online service that prefigured the Internet in the early 1980s, allowed the French to search a national phone registry, buy clothing and train tickets, make restaurant reservations, read newspapers or exchange electronic messages more than a decade before similar services existed almost anywhere else in the world. The network is now largely relegated to the realm of nostalgia, though, with its dial-up connection, black-and-white screen and text that scrolls out one pixelated character at a time.
internet  minitel  france  technology  nytimes 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Of Mice and Mindfulness - The New York Times
Mice do not, so far as we know, practice meditation. But in order to study how that activity affects human brains at the cellular level, researchers at the University of Oregon managed to put murine brains into a somewhat equivalent state. Their experiments, reported in March in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest new ways of investigating how a person’s brain can constantly reshape itself.
mice  meditation  mindfulness  science  technology  nytimesmag  nytimes 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
World (or at Least Brooklyn) Stops for Lost Dog - The New York Times
Every week, dozens of dogs and cats go missing in New York City. Their distraught owners put up signs. Some turn up alive. Some do not. Over the next few days, Bailey somehow became a phenomenon, a cause, and in her rarefied corner of Brooklyn and beyond, a social media star.
dogs  pets  missingpet  newyork  brooklyn  carrollgardens  nytimes  socialmedia  technology 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe - The New York Times
As the Voyager mission is winding down, so, too, are the careers of the aging explorers who expanded our sense of home in the galaxy.
nytimes  nytimesmag  voyager  nasa  science  technology 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
If SoundCloud Disappears, What Happens to Its Music Culture? - The New York Times
This summer, an engineer named Matthew Healy moved to Berlin to work at SoundCloud, a popular music-streaming service. He started his job on a Monday. On Thursday, a companywide meeting was called. Healy and his new co-workers assumed it was about the acquisition rumors swirling around the company. Instead, Healy learned that he and 172 other employees — roughly 40 percent of the company’s staff — were being laid off. ‘‘The rest of the day is a blur,’’ he wrote in a post about his experience online. ‘‘I now realize that I was in shock.’’
soundcloud  jennawortham  nytimes  nytimesmag  music  culture  technology  internet 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover - The New York Times
Much has been made of the “food boom” in Pittsburgh, and the city has long had a thriving arts scene. But perhaps the secret, underlying driver for both the economy and the cool factor — the reason Pittsburgh now gets mentioned alongside Brooklyn and Portland, Ore., as an urban hot spot for millennials — isn’t chefs or artists but geeks, Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science.
gentrification  pittsburgh  technology  carnegiemellon  cmu  nytimes 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Great A.I. Awakening - The New York Times
How Google used artificial intelligence to transform Google Translate, one of its more popular services — and how machine learning is poised to reinvent computing itself.
machinelearning  artificialintelligence  ai  nytimes  google  nytimesmag  googletranslate  technology  science 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? - The Atlantic
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.
technology  children  culture  millennials  smartphones  kids  theatlantic  mentalhealth 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Can Animals Predict Earthquakes? Italian Farm Acts as a Lab to Find Out - The New York Times
After a series of powerful earthquakes struck Italy last year, Martin Wikelski rushed here to test a hunch that has tantalized scientists and thinkers for millenniums: Can animals anticipate natural disasters?
science  technology  earthquakes  naturaldisasters  nytimes 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Internet Is Where We Share — and Steal — the Best Ideas - The New York Times
A governing ethos of the internet has been that whatever flows through it — information, ideas — is up for grabs. In his 2009 manifesto, “Free,” on the new digital economy, Chris Anderson wrote that “it is a unique quality of the digital age that once something becomes software, it inevitably becomes free — in cost, certainly, and often in price.” Anderson and his cohort envisioned a new type of cultural economy that didn’t degrade the effort or labor of production. “Last century’s free was a powerful marketing method,” Anderson noted; “this century’s free is an entirely new economic model.” But that model assumes that everyone within its ecosystem has equal access to resources and capital.
jennawortham  technology  internet  ideas  nytimes  nytimesmag 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Biggest, Strangest ‘Batteries’ - The New York Times
What if you need a battery? A really big one — big enough to run a city?
energy  technology  innovation  nytimes  batteries  battery 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It - The New York Times
Evan Williams is the guy who opened up Pandora’s box. Until he came along, people had few places to go with their overflowing emotions and wild opinions, other than writing a letter to the newspaper or haranguing the neighbors.
twitter  internet  medium  evanwilliams  technology  socialmedia  nytimes 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Rise and Fall of Yik Yak, the Anonymous Messaging App - The New York Times
This month, two feminist groups and several former students filed a federal complaint accusing the University of Mary Washington in Virginia and its former president, Richard Hurley, of failing to protect the female plaintiffs from cyber harassment and threats of physical and sexual violence during their time at the university.

The platform where all of this took place? Yik Yak, the now-defunct, localized, anonymous messaging app that Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, two students at Furman University in South Carolina, founded in 2013 and that soon became associated with bullying, discriminatory speech and threats of bomb and gun violence.
yikyak  nytimes  apps  technology  socialmedia  harassment  bullying 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... Goodbye, Columbia - Washington Monthly
The Columbia shuttle was to be a revolution for NASA. But a year before its first launch, the shuttle was several years behind schedule, had cost $1 billion, and wasn’t guaranteed to ever get off the ground.
nasa  spaceshuttle  spacetravel  outerspace  science  technology 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Attorney Fighting Revenge Porn - The New Yorker
Carrie Goldberg is a pioneer in the field of sexual privacy, using the law to defend victims of hacking, leaking, and other online assaults.
revengeporn  law  thenewyorker  hacking  leaking  technology  onlineharrassment  privacy 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women? - The Atlantic
Tech companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve conditions for female employees. Here’s why not much has changed—and what might actually work.
business  technology  theatlantic  siliconvalley  gender  feminism  tech  techcompanies  work 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Boredom is not a problem to be solved. It's the last privilege of a free mind
Lean in to boredom, not your smart phone screen. You’ll learn more about yourself and the world around you than you think
boredom  theguardian  creativity  technology 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
An Oral History of A Special Thing, the World’s Most Important Comedy Message Bo...
FFor an art scene to exist, for artists within it to make the leap into greatness, hubs need to exist. Like-minded people need a space where their ideas can commingle and become better, where they can borrow, hook up, network, steal, and stab each other in the back. In the past, this meant a physical locale.
thekernel  comedy  internet  messageboards  technology 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
This Bot-Powered Store Could Halt Amazon in Its Tracks
It’s the rare software startup where you find yourself standing in your underwear behind a curtain while the founder talks tech.
wired  commerce  stores  retail  technology  ecommerce  startup 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Secret Life of Passwords -
Howard Lutnick, the chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the world’s largest financial-services firms, still cries when he talks about it. Not long after the planes struck the twin towers, killing 658 of his co-workers and friends, including his brother, one of the first things on Lutnick’s mind was passwords. This may seem callous, but it was not.
nytimes  nytimesmag  technology  internet  computers  passwords 
december 2014 by brendanmcfadden
'Am I Being Catfished?' An Author Confronts Her Number One Online Critic
When a bad review of her first novel appeared online, Kathleen Hale was warned not to respond. But she soon found herself wading in
author  authors  essay  psychology  writers  writing  criticism  internet  socialmedia  technology  blogs  theguardian  kathleenhale 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Best Turntable for Casual Listening
After spending over 62 total hours comparing turntables and measuring their performance using $30,000+ worth of equipment, we’ve determined that the Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB is the best turntable for most people.
music  turntable  thewirecutter  recordplayer  technology  audio 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Best Portable Hard Drive
After 30 hours of research and nearly 40 hours of testing, we determined that the 2TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim is our new favorite portable hard drive
thewirecutter  externalharddrive  technology 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth
The untold story of the Microsoft antitrust case and what it means for the future of Bill Gates and his company.
johnheilman  microsoft  trial  billgates  wired  technology  antitrust 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Dr. Nicholas and Mr. Hyde
Henry Nicholas isn’t just another tech-boom billionaire charged with backdating stock options. All the drive, arrogance, and aggression he poured into building microchip-maker Broadcom—one of the major success stories of the Internet Age—morphed into an increasing obsession with sex and drugs, according to federal prosecutors. The author investigates the allegations about Nicholas’s out-of-control world: the parade of prostitutes, the spiking of clients’ drinks with Ecstasy, and the secret lair he built underneath the Orange County mansion he shared with his wife and kids.
sex  drugs  vanityfair  henrynicholas  corruption  technology  crime 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Porklife: building a better pig
How have the farm animals of today been shaped by centuries of domestication and selective breeding? Sujata Gupta investigates.
agriculture  farming  science  technology  pigs  mosaicscience  breeding 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Refugees of the Modern World
Green Bank, W.V., where the electrosensitive can escape the modern world.
technology  greenbank  westvirginia  slate 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Valley of God
Faith in technology is at the heart of Silicon Valley but Christianity is a force here too– from Bible apps to the divine power of the internet
siliconvalley  technology  ftmagazine  religion 
september 2012 by brendanmcfadden
The Big Fish
Ten years later, the story of, the first great website
technology  internet  culture  history 
june 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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