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What World Are We Building? – Data & Society

0. Internet<p>I grew up in small town Pennsylvania, where I struggled to fit in. As a geeky queer kid, I rebelled against hypocritical dynamics in my …

AI Algorithm Identifies Humorous Pictures - MIT Technology Review

Humor is a uniquely human quality. Most people can recognize funny sentences, incidents, pictures, videos, and so on. But it is not always easy to …

Machine Learning

The Many Ways Of WeChat: How Messaging Is Eating The World

In February 2011, I visited my friend Bill Huang who worked for Tencent in Shenzhen. Bill was telling me about their new messaging app, called WeChat, that had just launched. At the time, I had been using WhatsApp for more than a year. I asked Bill why they would build a copycat. His reply? He …

How Microsoft's HoloLens Can Virtually Take NASA to Mars

We spoke with NASA's Dave Lavery about how Microsoft's cutting-edge HoloLens augmented reality system can help us explore the Red Planet.<p>Perhaps the biggest news to come out of Microsoft yesterday was that the company not only has a new HoloLens 3D augmented reality visor on deck, but that it has …

Here's a thorough look into the technology powering Magic Leap's mysterious 'cinematic reality' headset

What is Magic Leap?<p>Other than "the company that Google co-funded to the tune of $500 million," no one really knows. Well, okay, at least one person …

Augmented Reality

Amazon Echo learns some new tricks, can now control Insteon lights

The Amazon Echo seems a little like something out of <i>Star Trek: The Next Generation</i>: Speak a command, and a centralized home computer carries it out …

The Truth About Black Twitter

Complex, influential, and far more meaningful than the sum of its social justice-driven hashtags<p>Black Twitter is a force. It’s also not particularly well understood by those who aren’t a part of it. The term is used to describe a large network of black Twitter users and their loosely coordinated …

Social Media

Tech Reporters and Their Hairy Wrists

<b>For some reason,</b> my RSS feeder is full of frighteningly intimate, shallow depth of field pictures of tech journalists and their hairy wrists. It’s a …

The Government Found A Way To Significantly Shrink Itself: Invest In Tech

Techies in Silicon Valley often tell me that if they do their job right, it should cease to exist. The goal of a lot of technology is to reduce the …

Dear web designer, let's stop breaking the affordance of scrolling

Big picture + arrow down = lazy design<p>We’ve all seen it. You get on a website and there it is: a massive edge-to-edge picture, and it's beautiful… …

Container Components

One React pattern that’s had the impact on my code is the <i>container component</i> pattern.<p>In Jason Bonta talk High Performance Components, there’s this …

Beware of the Robot Pharmacist

In tech-driven medicine, alerts are so common<br>that doctors and pharmacists learn to ignore<br>them — at the patient’s risk.<p><i>This is part 2 of The Overdose.</i></i> …

Jude Ower

This week's Wednesday Woman is the social entrepreneur Jude Ower. Founder and CEO of PlayMob, Jude is responsible for creating the world's first …

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Two great visualizations by The Wall Street Journal

It's not a secret that I'm biased in favor of visualizations that are clear and avoid capricious special effects. The priority in visualization …

Wall Street Journal

Edit wars

<b>The most controversial Wikipedia articles worldwide</b><p>WHEN disputes arise on Wikipedia, contributors are encouraged to go to a “talk page.” But often an …

Seven Features You’ll WantIn Your Next Charting Tool

<i>This is a transcript of my lightning talk at NICAR 2015 yesterday.<br>Please give the animated GIFs some time to load :)</i> Charting tools are great.They …

Data Visualization

What a woman’s worth…

…and why she’s undervalued in Silicon Valley<p>There’s a vast amount of value waiting to be unlocked in Silicon Valley, and it’s not hiding under the …

Women in Architecture

An interview with Laura Ettelman<p><i>A partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill,</i> <i>Laura Ettelman</i> <i>is renowned for her work leading multidisciplinary teams and</i> …

Culinary Treasure in San Sebastian, Spain

Innovative plates and city scenes from the Donostia region of Spain. All photos courtesy of Karina Correa.<p><i>By Karina Correa for Fathom</i> | <i>After hitting up the tapas bars in Barcelona, Karina Correa — photographer, filmmaker, and owner of NYC tapas bar BIKINIS — expanded her culinary travels to the</i> …

What it's like to live in 24 hours of darkness at the northernmost edge of the civilized world

A few weeks ago, I was unexpectedly invited to Oslo, Norway, as part of a business trip to meet with a new Norwegian client. It seemed destiny was hellbent on sending me to the Northern latitudes in winter, but I had already been to Norway before to chase auroras.<p>On all my other trips, I had …

Global Warming

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