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  • Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech
    Sara Wachter-Boettcher

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    Biased tech design prompts a writer to call for resistance

    Technically Wrong, Sara Wachter-Boettcher’s new book about the prejudices, slights, and snubs built into today’s technologies, ends with an observation about political protests. Reflecting on the “weird moment” we’re having right now in America, she wonders whether marching against injustice isn’t more pressing than writing a book about bad tech design. Ultimately, she decides both… Read More
  • Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything
    Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith

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    Curiosity is a beautiful thing, and Kelly and Zach Weinersmith have it in spades. Their coauthored Soonish is an unabashed nerd-out of a book, zinging from outer space to DNA, hardly pausing for breath. The book is ostensibly divided into 10 technologies that will be here “soonish.” But the Weinersmiths are far too broad-minded to… Read More
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    Tomorrow’s arsenal: Two authors probe the technologies transforming warfare

    From everyday life to the expansion of empires, technology has accompanied individuals and served to anchor geopolitical power. New technologies, however, are changing standard operating procedures due to their subtler and boundless capacity for surveillance. In warfare, they are generating the unprecedented potential for remote engagement, distancing attackers from the attacked. Ian Shaw’s Pred… Read More
  • Microsoft Hololens Development Edition
    Microsoft Corporation


    A new holographic platform holds promise for enhancing education, research, and collaboration

    Most structures studied by science exist in three dimensions: molecules, organisms, ecosystems, galaxies. Flat-screen visualizations of these entities limit our understanding and experience of the objects and interactions that we study. Likewise, flat-screen-based video communication constrains our ability to interact with remote colleagues and collaborators. The Microsoft Hololens Development Edi… Read More
  • Map of Life

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    Identifying species in the field? There’s an app for that.

    The field guide as we know it has not changed much since it was invented more than 100 years ago. It is a list of species and a description of their respective attributes, accompanied by some illustrations. More recent field guides also include maps of expected species distributions. However, publishing on paper imposes some limits… Read More