Christopher Roberson

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The sextech revolution will not be crowdfunded

Alex Fine, CEO of the sextech company Dame Products, knows better than most just how effective crowdfunding can be. Last year, her tiny startup made …

Sundar Pichai says the future of Google is AI

‘We feel huge responsibility’ to get information right<p>Unbeknownst to me, at the very moment on Monday morning when I was asking Google CEO Sundar Pichai about the biggest ethical concern for AI today, Google's algorithms were promoting misinformation about the Las Vegas shooting.<p>I was asking in the …

3 Counties, $59 Million And The Opioid Crisis

With the country in the throes of an epidemic, communities across the nation are being forced to confront the harrowing, and often fatal, effects of opioid abuse. But solutions — such as creating intervention programs in Ohio, providing access to treatment in Alabama, or investing in prevention …

When Working From Home Doesn’t Work

IBM pioneered telecommuting. Now it wants people back in the office.<p>In 1979, IBM was putting its stamp on the American landscape. For 20 years, it had been hiring the greats of modernism to erect buildings where scientists and salespeople could work shoulder-to-shoulder commanding the burgeoning …

Work from Home

One in five American children live with hunger

The United States has one of the worst rates of child hunger among high-income countries. A recent UNICEF analysis puts it in perspective: About 20% …

Transformed: The Credit Suisse director known as Pippa and Philip - Financial News

An investment bank director and champion of non-binary gender identities talks to Financial News about coming out at a large institution<p><b>Who I am</b><p>From …

The Millennial Walt Disney Wants to Turn Empty Stores Into Instagram Playgrounds

The Museum of Ice Cream, in San Francisco, is not a museum. Rather, it is a sprawling warren of interactive, vaguely hallucinatory confection-themed …

Trans, Teen and Homeless: America’s Most Vulnerable Population

One summer evening, in New York’s West Village, Justice and Sophie peer into passing cars, searching out men who might offer a bed for the night and …

Community Health

The Lawyer Who Beat Big Tobacco Takes On the Opioid Industry

Seven years ago, Mike Moore stepped from the 2 a.m. darkness into the light of a small home off Lakeland Drive in Jackson, Miss., to find his nephew …

YouTube Grows Up: Inside the Plan to Take on Netflix and Hulu

With a veteran television exec, talent like Demi Lovato and Google's $86 billion in cash, the platform known for skateboarding videos and tween …

Advertising

Google Home Mini is a great alternative to the Amazon Echo Dot - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Google Home Mini puts all of the smarts of Google Assistant into a small and affordable package. The Mini sounds surprisingly good for its size and features a colorful design that can blend into your home's decor.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Mini's touch controls aren't intuitive, it doesn't have a …

Smart Homes

Microsoft exec says Windows 10 Mobile is no longer a 'focus'

It's no secret that work on Windows 10 Mobile has wound down given the lack of new devices and software features (talk of mobile Windows updates was virtually absent at Build, for example), but what's happening with it, exactly? Well, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has just settled the matter. The …

Windows 10

Disney’s Big Bet on Streaming Relies on Little-Known Tech Company

For two days in late June, Disney’s board of directors gathered at Walt Disney World in Florida to wrestle with one topic: how technology was disrupting the company’s traditional movie, television and theme park businesses, and what to do about it?<p>The most startling presentation came from Disney’s …

TV shows

Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For

In rural Mecosta County, Mich., sits a near-windowless facility with a footprint about the size of Buckingham Palace. It’s just one of<p>Nestlé’s …

Here's how your spending habits compare to those of the typical American

If you have no idea how much you spent on food, transportation or online shopping last year, you're not alone: Only one in three Americans track their expenses.<p>If you're among the majority, it may be time to look at where your money is going and how much of it is leaving your pocket. Chances are, …

Personal Finance

The Liberation of Kesha

“Can we start again?” The tall woman in the vintage Stones T-shirt isn’t happy with her scream. She’s standing in a vocal booth, sweating a bit. …

Los Angeles

How drones could be 'lifesaving' in an emergency

<b>(CNN) —</b> They are devastating events that we're too familiar with: a mass shooter critically wounds victims. A tornado sweeps through a small town, harming dozens. Or a train or plane accident leaves passengers injured.<p>Often, in such cases, critical minutes pass as victims must wait for an ambulance …

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Born Addicted: The Number of Opioid-Addicted Babies Is Soaring

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — As a team of nurses unwrap baby Jayden from the comfort of his swaddling cloth, he wails. His tiny feet shake. His hands clench and unclench.<p>His suffering is obvious. Born dependent on opiates, the month-old boy and thousands like him are the smallest victims of the opioid …

Medicine

How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics

YouTube videos of police beatings on American streets. A widely circulated internet hoax about Muslim men in Michigan collecting welfare for multiple wives. A local news story about two veterans brutally mugged on a freezing winter night.<p>All of these were recorded, posted or written by Americans. …

Social Media

This is what a brain injury feels like

As a science journalist, Elizabeth Lopatto had reported on the effects of brain injuries. But nothing prepared her for the experience of having one<p>I opened my eyes to see a clear blue sky and two men leaning over me to put a brace around my neck. I don’t know if I was already on the stretcher or if …

The Brain

China’s AI Awakening中国 人工智能 的崛起 - MIT Technology Review

On a tropical island that marks the southern tip of China, a computer program called Lengpudashi is playing one-on-one poker against a dozen people …

Artificial Intelligence

How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets

It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers searched computers around the world for the code names of American intelligence programs.<p>What gave the Russian hacking, detected more than two years ago, such …

Cybersecurity

Here Are The 2017 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winners

It's not often you'll find these 24 names in the same place. They are historians and musicians, computer scientists and social activists, writers and architects. But whatever it may read on their business cards (if they've even got business cards), they now all have a single title in common: 2017 …

Los Angeles

How granite countertops became an American obsession

Granite countertops have become a stone idol. If you've ever seen an episode of <i>House Hunters</i>, half of those people would rather have granite countertops than a roof.<p>It hasn't always been that way. In 1986, when legendary graphic designer Deborah Sussman used granite countertops in her kitchen, the …

House Prices

Six grand ideas to fight the end of antibiotics

Overuse of antibiotics has led them to becoming less and less effective to treat us when we’re sick – leaving scientists scrambling for a fix. Here are some of the best ideas to tackle one of the 21st Century's biggest challenges.<p>The world is nearing a moment when antibiotics no longer work to …

Medicine

What our cyberwall knows

Was that hacker Russian? As the government learns from constant attacks, companies want to know why it doesn't share more of what it's finding out.<p>Every week, the federal government gets hit by more than a thousand cyberattacks — a number that has jumped more than tenfold since 2006. Russian and …

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

The disintegration of Jake’s life took him by surprise. It happened early in his junior year of high school, while he was taking three Advanced Placement classes, running on his school’s cross-country team and traveling to Model United Nations conferences. It was a lot to handle, but Jake — the …

Mental Health

Is living forever going to suck?

We might be too sick to enjoy our extended lifespans.<p>The scuttlebutt around Silicon Valley is that soon we'll soon live way, way longer. Former Googler Bill Maris says humans can make it to 500 years old; hedge fund manager Joon Yun thinks 1,000 years is more on the money. Some, such as biotech …

Medicine

Female code breakers: The hidden figures of the greatest generation

<b>(CNN) —</b> Do you like crossword puzzles and are you engaged to be married?<p>Those were the questions asked of many college-age American women by their professors, college presidents, or military officers to assess their suitability to do secret work breaking German and Japanese codes during the Second …

Women's History

Can Russia have a ‘Bernie’ revolution? A Sanders campaign veteran says he’s trying.

MOSCOW — Vitali Shkliarov, a 41-year-old political operative born in Belarus, speaks the gospel of Bernie Sanders in the style of a Silicon Valley executive. Technology, he says, is a key to access, and his dream is a "political Uber" designed to pick up potential candidates and get them around the …

Middle-class