John Michel

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When the Coffee Machine Is Just a Human

How pour-over takes the automation out of the brewing process: An Object Lesson<p>One of the greatest challenges of the sleepy morning: making coffee without first having coffee to kickstart the neurons necessary to make coffee in the first place. This desperation drives design trends toward equipment …

Coffee

The human costs of workplace monitoring

Last March, Jim Cramer, the host of CNBC’s <i>Mad Money,</i> devoted part of his show to a company called Cornerstone OnDemand<i>.</i> Cornerstone, Cramer shouted …

How does Shazam work

Have you ever wondered how Shazam works? I asked myself this question a few years ago and I read a research article written by Avery Li-Chun Wang, …

Music Production

Hit Charade

Meet the bald Norwegians and other unknowns who actually create the songs that top the charts.<p>The biggest pop star in America today is a man named Karl Martin Sandberg. The lead singer of an obscure ’80s glam-metal band, Sandberg grew up in a remote suburb of Stockholm and is now 44. Sandberg is …

Serena Williams

When "Dumb Pipes" Get Too Smart

I wrote this in 2012, when CloudFlare (an almost awkwardly popular CDN) introduced a bug into websites they hosted using some of their "advanced …

Boston Red Sox

Why Introverts Make Great Entrepreneurs

Conventional wisdom says you need to be an extrovert to start a successful business. That’s wrong for all sorts of reasons.<p>Imagine a typical entrepreneur.<p>A quiet, reserved introvert is probably not what first came to mind. Aren’t entrepreneurs supposed to be gregarious and commanding—verbally adept …

Entrepreneurship

You Drank Some Coffee and Now You Have to Poop. But Why?

The latest episode of Reactions, a series from the American Chemical Society, addresses the age-old question: Why does coffee make you poop?<p>We’ve …

How baseball’s tech team built the future of television

The changeup<p>How baseball’s tech team built the future of television<p>By Ben Popper<p><b>It was the first</b> week of April, 2015, and New York’s Chelsea Market, typically packed with hordes of noisy tourists, was quiet. It was close to midnight, but five stories above, things were tense. The building is a …

Televisions

The truth about the Turing Test

When bots can pass for human in conversation, it will be a milestone in AI, but not necessarily the significant moment that sci-fi would have us believe. Phillip Ball explores the strengths and limitations of the Turing Test.<p>Alan Turing made many predictions about artificial intelligence, but one …

Artificial Intelligence

HP bans T-shirts at work, and employees are furious

But this week, several teams within HP's 100,000-employee-strong Enterprise Services division were sent a confidential memo cracking down on casual dress in the workplace, because higher-ups in the company are concerned that customers visiting the offices will be put off by dressed-down developers, …

Silicon Valley

20 Places Every American Should See Before They Die

From sea to shining sea.<p>Looking for an epic summer road trip idea? Whether you crave culture and history, spectacular natural landscapes, or serious adventure, look to these national parks and small towns.

We Spoke to a Researcher Working to Stop AI from Killing Us All

Ben Rubenstein got a $100,000 grant to help him study how machine learning can go wrong.<p>Most of us aren't afraid of killer robots because we're adults and we know they aren't real. But earlier this month the Future of Life Institute—a group backed by famed tech entrepreneur Elon Musk—handed out 37 …

Singularity

Video: The unbelievably soothing sounds of making an iced latte

Coffee tingles the senses. Before you even drink it, you smell it and smell the day’s morning or your local shop or a pot brewing while you’re …

Artificial Neural Networks Can Day Dream–Here's What They See

When you look for shapes in the clouds, you’ll often find things you see every day: Dogs, people, cars. It turns out that artificial “brains” do the …

Deep Learning

Updating a Node.js web application without downtime

I have a Node.js/Express web application running on localhost:3010 that's on, say, version 1.2.2. Suppose I want to update the web application to …

“Music was better back then”: When do we stop keeping up with popular music?

After sixty years of research, it’s conventional wisdom: as people get older, they stop keeping up with popular music. Whether the demands of …

Missy Elliott

Migrating from Heroku to AWS (using Docker)

At DoorDash, providing a fast, on-demand logistics service would not be possible without a robust computing infrastructure to power our backend …

DevOps

What I’ve learned so far about software development

Somewhere within 20 feet, It’s a safe bet to assume there’s a cell phone nearby. That device, with all of its memory, CPU registers, and pixels, is …

Coffee Addict? It's All in Your DNA

Are you one of those people who can pound a cup of coffee and fall sound asleep thirty minutes later? Or does the slightest drop of joe keep you …

Genetics

Coffee leaf tea is the latest craze - and it packs more antioxidants than green tea

Would you like a cup of coffee? No, wait, it’s tea. No, it’s coffee. The hottest new beverage is a delicious tea made from coffee leaves. Brilliant, …

The 5 Stages Of Becoming A Skilled Coffee Drinker

1. The Newbie.<p>“I’ll have a dark chocolate, raspberry Mocha, light whip, with skim.” Basically what you’ll have is chocolate and sugar with a side of …

Articles about beloved midcentury houses examined after decades wear and tear on Dwell.com - Dwell

A new book looks at the evolution and adaptation of iconic midcentury modern houses in New Canaan, Connecticut.<p>A tree house-inspired home takes advantage of the surrounding forest.<p>Tucked into the hill in La Habra Heights, California is a midcentury ranch house that was designed by architect James …

Mid-Century modern

Sutro Tower at Mount Sutro

David July<p>sutrotower.org<p>Welcome to sutrotower.org, a comprehensive guide to Sutro Tower and Mount Sutro in San Francisco, California by David …

Marin County

Why are van Gogh's paintings slowly turning white?

Something's different about Vincent van Gogh's work.<p>It has been puzzling art curators and experts for a long time, but scientists at the University of Antwerp discovered the reason why some of van Gogh's most prized works of art are turning white.<p>It's the plumbonacrite!<p>Also known as red lead, …

Vincent Van Gogh

Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband

If you want to imagine how the world will look in just a few years, once our cell phones become the keepers of both our money and identity, skip …

Walt Disney Company