21 February 2018

Ajit Pai’s Plan Will Take Broadband Away From Poor People

It’s indisputable: A broadband internet connection is vital to full participation in our society and economy. Increasingly, government services and job opportunities can only be accessed online. Indeed, homework assigned […]
21 February 2018

xView Detection Challenge: Help the Pentagon Analyze Satellite Images

On a trip to Silicon Valley last year, Defense Secretary James Mattis openly envied tech companies’ superior use of artificial intelligence technology. To help close the gap, one Pentagon unit […]
20 February 2018

Why Artificial Intelligence Researchers Should Be More Paranoid

Life has gotten more convenient since 2012, when breakthroughs in machine learning triggered the ongoing frenzy of investment in artificial intelligence. Speech recognition works most of the time, for example, […]
20 February 2018

This Computer Uses Light—Not Electricity—To Train AI Algorithms

William Andregg ushers me into the cluttered workshop of his startup Fathom Computing and gently lifts the lid from a bulky black box. Inside, green light glows faintly from a […]
20 February 2018

For Women in Cryptocurrency, a New Effort to Grow Their Ranks

On a rainy Friday evening in February, a dozen women huddled over flutes of champagne in a corner of the cavernous, trendy Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn. Varying in age, nationality, […]
20 February 2018

Facebook Executive Rob Goldman Apologizes After Russia Tweets

On Friday morning, just before 10am on the West Coast, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller published his indictment of 13 Russian operatives for interfering in the US election. […]
18 February 2018

What Trump Still Gets Wrong About How Russia Played Facebook

Special Counsel Robert Mueller released a bombshell indictment Friday, implicating 13 Russian nationals and detailing a multi-year, costly, and widespread effort to influence the 2016 presidential election. At the center […]
16 February 2018

Labor Board Rules Google’s Firing of James Damore Was Legal

Google did not violate federal labor law when it fired James Damore, a lawyer for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concluded in a lightly-redacted memo made public Thursday. The […]
16 February 2018

A Ruling Over Embedded Tweets Could Change Online Publishing

One of the most ubiquitous features of the internet is the ability to link to content elsewhere. Everything is connected via billions of links and embeds to blogs, articles, and […]
16 February 2018

Copycat: How Facebook Tried to Squash Snapchat

Just before Facebook went public in 2012, Mark Zuckerberg had a bound red book titled Facebook Was Not Originally Created to Be a Company placed on every employee’s desk. The […]