Why Tech Employees Are Rebelling Against Their Bosses

Silicon Valley has a long and secretive history of building hardware and software for the military and law enforcement. In contrast, a recent wave of employee protests against some of those government contracts has been short, fast, and surprisingly public—tearing through corporate campuses, mailing lists, and message boards inside some …

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Crash-Happy RC Cars Make Self-Driving Tech Smarter

The road is a messy, chaotic place. Unpredictable drivers. Ice. Gravel tracks. Kids dashing into the road between parked cars. Hard to spot, hydroplane-inducing puddles. Surviving it all means knowing how to slam the pedals or swing the steering wheel without losing control. It’s enough to make any robocar quiver. …

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Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition: Cute But Unnecessary

This may seem obvious given my profession, but I think technology is…fine? Even for kids? It’s hard to believe that it’s safe for your kid to get anywhere near a Wi-Fi-enabled device when you read stories about tech addiction, hacked toys and horrible YouTube videos. It’s also possible that my …

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McLaren's Senna Ain't Pretty, but It Can Whip a Track

The success of any hypercar hinges on three elements: ludicrous performance, decadent looks, and abject scarcity. Nail all three and you’re on the road to automotive legend. Flub one or more, and you risk becoming a footnote of folly. So it was with some controversy that McLaren’s ambitiously named Senna …

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Sonos Beam, IGTV, and Everything Else We Loved This Month

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If You Like 'The Thing' You'll Love "The Things"

Science fiction author Peter Watts is a big fan of John Carpenter’s 1982 movie The Thing, about an Antarctic research station haunted by a shapeshifting alien. “It was just so refreshing to see a movie in which the people didn’t act like idiots,” Watts says in Episode 315 of the …

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