Shannon Cassady

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The Secret UX Issues That Will Make (Or Break) Self-Driving Cars

In an unassuming research lab, Volkswagen is solving problems that Tesla and Google haven’t come close to cracking.<p>We were rolling eastward across the San Mateo Bridge in an Audi A7 at a dutiful 55 miles per hour, and I was riding shotgun accompanied by two of the car’s engineers. With a sticker …

12 Longreads To Get You Through A Snow Day

Snowed in? Fend off cabin fever with these fascinating stories.<p>If you live in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic, a gigantic winter storm is about to screw up your weekend plans.<p>On the bright side, a snow day is one of the best excuses for finally getting around to tackling your Pocket or Instapaper …

Papua New Guinea

These defiant robots are learning to reject human orders

Robots that we interact with in today’s society are programmed to carry out tasks without deviation. The robots of the future might just be a little more defiant.<p>Researchers at the Tufts University Human-Robot Interaction Lab in Massachusetts are trying something that many-a-science fiction movie …

Robotics

Pope Francis calls for unity, links terror to poverty as he launches Africa tour

Almost as soon as<p>Pope Francisalighted from his flight to Kenya's capital on his first trip to Africa, he sent a powerful message of humility and equality.<p>The pope stunned Kenyans not only by riding in a modest gray Honda through Nairobi's streets, but also by traveling with the window down, waving …

Hollywood on the Yellow Sea

Wang Jianlin, one of China’s richest men, is creating a rival to the American dream factory, from scratch.<p>Most americansprobably associate Qingdao, China, with beer. In 1903, German and British settlers founded the Tsingtao Brewery there, and Teutonic influence can still be seen in some of the …

Why ISIS Is Winning

The short version: ISIS is winning because the major players in this fight are not working together and even working against each other.<p>The long version is more complicated. The US, UK and France are all working well together, but they are not working with Iran, Russia and Syria who are working …

Lawyer for Chicago police officer says video 'distorts images': CNN

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago was calm on Wednesday, a day after the release of a graphic video showing the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white policeman charged with murder, a peaceful response compared with outbursts of violence in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over other deaths at …

Law Enforcement

Valve's Gabe Newell is backing a smart sous vide cooking tool

Valve founder Gabe Newell isn't just interested in gaming technology, like living room computers and virtual reality -- he also appreciates the science behind a well-prepared meal, too. The legendary game developer has poured money into ChefSteps to help them make Joule, a smart immersion …

Here's Evidence The Chicago PD Is Worse Than You Thought

The city's police department has a long history of failing to hold its officers accountable.<p>The release of a video showing the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald -- whom Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot 16 times in October 2014, as the teen was walking away from him -- has made …

Laquan McDonald's Final Seconds Tell Us We Have No Time to Waste. Reform the Police Now.

Use a stopwatch to understand how much you can do in 14 seconds. Run the length of a football field. Kiss someone for several seconds after listening to the 10-second countdown on New Year's Eve. Fourteen seconds is how long it took Officer Van Dyke to fire 16 shots into the body of Laquan …

How 'The Peanuts Movie' Failed Our Children

Rejection after rejection after rejection.<p>As my high school classmates were receiving big, thick college acceptance letters, I was opening only paper thin, small enveloped rejections. But it wasn't until opening a rejection from my "safety" school, the lowest ranking of any school I'd considered, …

Who Is Really Paying for Adele?

The decision to withhold Adele’s new album, “25,” from streaming services seems to have worked out well so far. Not only have her first-week sales broken the previous and seemingly unassailable record, 2.4 million, set by ’N Sync, in 2000, Adele did so at a time when piracy is a simple alternative …

Putin Is Testing Our Resolve

A former senior Pentagon adviser says recent Russian incursions into NATO airspace are evidence of the Kremlin’s growing aggressiveness.<p>If the Turkish military shoot-down of a Russian SU-24 fighter aircraft is a “stab in the back,” as President Vladimir Putin characterized it on Tuesday, then the …

Why I Quit Ordering From Uber-for-Food Start-Ups

The food was decent, but the vibes were dystopian.<p>I work some days from a small office in San Francisco, and every day, I gotta eat. For a stretch of several weeks this year, I obtained my lunch from an iPhone app called Sprig.<p>It’s a beautiful piece of software. A trompe l’oeil table offers a …

Startups

The Lure of Becoming a Bride of ISIS

Samra Kesinovic, 17, and her friend Sabina Selimovic--two beautiful, young Bosnian immigrant girls who left their families in Vienna, Austria in 2014 are reported again today to have been beaten to death after being caught trying to flee the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. Indeed the fates of those who …

NASA's new spaceship looks sleeker than a sports car

SpaceX already has a contract with NASA to deliver supplies to the ISS, but now it has finally convinced the space agency that its Dragon spaceship can safely transport humans.<p>Take a look inside the sleek new space capsule that future astronauts will travel in.

Space Travel

This tiny drone costs $14 and is perfect for beginners

Christmas morning 2015 is going to be terrifying. Up to a million people—many of them children—are going to find drones under the tree, gifted to them by well-intentioned relatives who have no clue how dangerous these flying lawnmowers can be.<p>The thing about drones is that they can be very tricky …

Drones