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Palantir Knows Everything About You

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Startups

In praise of slow thinking in the internet age

We live in opinionated times. Between a relentless news cycle and deep ideological divides, we feel pressure to take positions quickly, often on stories that are still developing, or on topics we know little about.<p>If we don’t come to a quick conclusion and choose a side, it can feel like we’re …

The L.E.D. Quandary: Why There’s No Such Thing as “Built to Last”

The light bulb that has brightened the fire-department garage in Livermore, California, for the past hundred and fifteen years will not burn out. Instead, it will “expire.” When it does, it certainly won’t be thrown out. It will be “laid to rest.”<p>“You have to use the correct terminology,” Tom …

If You Want to Destroy Your Career, Do This

My first boss in the tech industry was a highly respected engineering manager named Dick. A former college football lineman who looked just like Mr. …

The Endless Fall of Suge Knight

On March 20th, inside the high-security wing of Los Angeles' Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, the man once called "the most feared man …

Spain’s unused, billion-euro Don Quixote airport is about to be sold to a Chinese investor for just $11,000

In 2006, amid a construction boom in Spain, a tiny town with a population a little over 75,000 people an hour outside Madrid built an airport for €1 billion ($1.1 billion). The town, Ciudad Real, at the time named the new airport after Don Quixote, the windmill-fighting fictional character famous …

Airports

How to learn 30 languages

Some people can speak a seemingly impossible number of tongues. How do they manage it, asks David Robson, and what can we learn from them?<p>Out on a sunny Berlin balcony, Tim Keeley and Daniel Krasa are firing words like bullets at each other. First German, then Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Croatian, …

Language Learning

Byron Trott: The billionaires' banker

Byron Trott vividly recalls the day he became Warren Buffett’s investment banker.<p>It was February 2002, and he’d recently received a call from Hank …

Outsmart Your Own Biases

Suppose you’re evaluating a job candidate to lead a new office in a different country. On paper this is by far the most qualified person you’ve seen. Her responses to your interview questions are flawless. She has impeccable social skills. Still, something doesn’t feel right. You can’t put your …

No Internet, No Credit Cards, No Problem: How Airbnb Launched In Cuba

Cuba runs on cash and almost no one has easy access to the Internet. But Airbnb found a way to beat U.S. hotels to the market nevertheless.<p>If you don’t know much about Cuba, Airbnb’s recent announcement that it has begun booking rooms there sounds pretty unremarkable. After all, Airbnb operates in …

Google CFO retires with a candid memo about work/life balance

"After nearly seven years as CFO, I will be retiring from Google to spend more time with my family."<p>That's how Patrick Pichette, one of Google's …

Middle Age

Meet the 100 people hoping to live and die on Mars

We're one step closer to finding out who could be the first humans to live on another planet. Mars One, the private organization planning to find and train a group of four astronauts to send on a one-way trip to Mars, has reached the third round of its selection process and has narrowed its …

Upsetting the Apple car

APPLE’S ability to make desirable iGadgets designed for easy portability is beyond question. Reports emerged this week that it is planning to make a …

Is It Funny Yet?

Jon Stewart and the comedy of crisis.<p>One evening last November, Jon Stewart leaned on his anchor’s desk and chatted with the audience before taping an episode of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” The show, which airs on Comedy Central, is a news-parody program, and Stewart was being quizzed about …

The Internet will vanish, says Google's Eric Schmidt

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Digitally speaking, we're not even plodding along yet.<p>Why, AT&T is throttling my data this month and my phone still won't work too well in half of California's Wine Country.<p>However, Eric Schmidt, Google's …

World Economic Forum

20 podcasts you need to hear in 2015

Podcasting

What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015

Shortly before 9/11, officials foresaw a fundamental shift in the nature of power.<p>Nine months before the September 11 attacks—and just days after the Supreme Court halted the Florida recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush—U.S. intelligence officials published an 85-page prediction for …

20 Most Overlooked Movies of 2014

WATCH THIS!<p>From The Immigrant, boasting an Oscar-worthy turn by Marion Cotillard, to a post-apocalyptic take on class warfare in Snowpiercer, all the …

Google’s Intelligence Designer - MIT Technology Review

Demis Hassabis started playing chess at age four and soon blossomed into a child prodigy. At age eight, success on the chessboard led him to ponder …

Hummingbirds eating from my mouth (In Slow Motion) - Smarter Every Day 124

Christopher Nolan: the man who rebooted the blockbuster

In early spring of 2013, Christopher Nolan and his crew were scouting for locations in Iceland – looking for glaciers that could stand in for the icy wastes of a distant planet in Nolan’s new film, Interstellar. They were on foot, the terrain proving inaccessible by car through freezing rain. The …

Riding in the Tesla Model S P85D

With 0-60 acceleration in 3.2 seconds, autopilot mode, and more, seeing is believing in the Tesla S.

The Human Factor

Airline pilots were once the heroes of the skies. Today, in the quest for safety, airplanes are meant to largely fly themselves. Which is why the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, which killed 228 people, remains so perplexing and significant. William Langewiesche explores how a series of small …

Where to land on a comet?

Spare a thought for scientists on the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta mission, who will spend this weekend dissecting the ins and outs of five …

How not to be ignorant about the world | Hans and Ola Rosling

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