You Are the Product
A critique of Facebook.
A critique of Facebook.
Learn how to design a perfect, accessible and helpful feature comparison table which will help users and customers easily choose between multiple preselected items.
If you’re shopping for a laptop, you have questions. Personal Tech columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler has the answers—and shares insights into the state of the business.
A step-by-step guide to defining an API with Flask and deploying to Oracle’s mobile back end as a service
Blockstack raised $25 million for a decentralized internet fund that could remake the internet.
“These documents show how Palantir applies Silicon Valley’s playbook to domestic law enforcement. New users are welcomed with discounted hardware and federal grants, sharing their own data in return for access to others’. When enough jurisdictions join Palantir’s interconnected web of police departments, government agencies, and databases, the resulting data trove resembles a pay-to-access social network—a Facebook of crime that’s both invisible and largely unaccountable to the citizens whose behavior it tracks.”
A two-part story on Bill Gates and his revolutionary machine.
As a father succumbs to lung cancer, his son tries to recreate his personality in the form of a chatbot.
Satoshi Nakamoto was the mysterious creator of Bitcoin. Facing bankruptcy and jail, Craig Wright fled Australia knowing that he would soon be outed as Satoshi by multiple publications. Backed by a business group that hoped to sell his patents, Wright was due to show the proof that he possessed the original keys for Bitcoin, but did he?
He hacked a hospital to protest their treatment of a sick child. Now he’s facing 15 years.
How a Russian-born Canadian 23-year-old invented Ethereum, the first cryptocurrency to seriously challenge Bitcoin.
The life and death of Srinivas Kuchibhotla.
How the best tennis player of all time fell in love with the guy who founded Reddit.
One of the most valuable cars in the world crashes going 200 mph on the Pacific Coast Highway. Its owner claims to be an anti-terrorism officer. In fact, he’s a former executive at a failed software company—and a career criminal. The unraveling of an epic con.
A profile of Travis Kalanick, who resigned from the ride the ride-hailing company he built after leading it to the brink of implosion.
The rise and fall of Suck.com, the web’s first daily-updated site.
A talk from the re:publica conference in Berlin:
The good part about naming a talk in 2017 ‘Notes from an Emergency’ is that there are so many directions to take it. The emergency I want to talk about is the rise of a vigorous ethnic nationalism in Europe and America. This nationalism makes skillful use of online tools, tools that we believed inherently promoted freedom, to advance an authoritarian agenda.
Steve Jobs, age 29.
"It’s often the same with any new, revolutionary thing. People get stuck as they get older. Our minds are sort of electrochemical computers. Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them. It’s a rare person who etches grooves that are other than a specific way of looking at things, a specific way of questioning things. It’s rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing. Of course, there are some people who are innately curious, forever little kids in their awe of life, but they’re rare."
“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”
Harmony smiles, blinks and frowns. She can hold a conversation, tell jokes and quote Shakespeare. She’ll remember your birthday, McMullen told me, what you like to eat, and the names of your brothers and sisters. She can hold a conversation about music, movies and books. And of course, Harmony will have sex with you whenever you want.
How life on four wheels became a brand.
Monroe is a Longform contributing editor.
Making sense of the CEO’s very public tour of America, which feels like a political campaign minus the politics.
Investigating the world of “belly torture.”
Computer scientist tycoon Robert Mercer is at the heart of a shockingly well-funded propaganda network.
A team of researchers has a controversial plan to root fake data out of science.
It was a genius piece of technology. But that didn’t mean it was a business.
A trip to Râmnicu Vâlcea, a town of 120,000 where the primary (and lucrative) industry is Internet scams.
On the story we tell ourselves about artificial intelligence.
How Google used artificial intelligence to transform Google Translate, one of its more popular services — and how machine learning is poised to reinvent computing itself.