Articles of Interest - Week of Oct 15


The Pentagon is pushing technology that allows the possibility of super-soldiers that remotely control robots with their brains  The Atlantic 

Microsoft to make over 60,000 patents available to the Linux community & join the Open Innovation Network  Ars Techinica

I’m very sorry, but you’re going to have to learn to love the blockchain  Tech Crunch

Teaching Robots to be Comedians  1843

Why we can’t quit the QWERTY keyboard  MIT Tech Review 

At 10 trillion frames per second, this camera captures light in slow motion  Tech Crunch

Nearly a quarter of US households own a smart speaker, according to Nielsen The Verge 

A Drone-Flinging Cannon Proves UAVs Can Mangle Planes  Wired 

Why Gene Editing Will Create So Many Jobs  BBC 


How self-love got out of control Social media, reality TV, politics … has narcissism become the new normal?  The Guardian

Snapchat launches first slate of original shows  Axios 

The Teens Who Rack Up Thousands of Followers by Posting the Same Photo Every Day  The Atlantic 

An online decency moderator's advice: Blur your eyes  BBC  

People keep dying taking selfies, this study reveals how  The Next Web

Instagram Has a Massive Harassment Problem The Atlantic  


Why Instagram’s founders are resigning: independence from Facebook weakened  Tech Crunch 

Instagram Tests Tapping instead of Scrolling  Tech Crunch 


Facebook to ban misinformation on voting in upcoming U.S. elections  Reuters

Facebook Hack Included Search History and Location Data of Millions  New York Times

Facebook prototypes Unsend 6 months after Zuckerberg retracted messages  Tech Crunch 


The smartphone app that can tell you’re depressed before you know it yourself  MIT Tech Review 

Google's cyber unit Jigsaw introduces Intra, a new security app dedicated to busting censorship Tech Crunch 


We Can Use Robots But We Still Need Journalists  European Journalism Observatory  

How Journalists at Local and National Outlets Are Evolving Different Skill Sets  Harvard’s Nieman Reports  

“Press” offers a look at journalism’s wretched side  Economist

Do journalists pay too much attention to Twitter?  Columbia Journalism Review 

Longtime Archivists Outline What They've Learned From Watching Decades Of News  NPR 

2018 has been a brutal year for journalists  Washington Post  

The CIA had a policy of ignoring declassification requirements  MuckRock  

After Journalist Disappears, Companies Reconsider Saudi Investment NPR


Bloomberg Media is using text-to-audio to keep app users engaged  Digiday

Is Blockchain The Future Of Journalism? Two Entrepreneurs Take A Chance  Forbes 


U. of I. journalism class to study 'Trumpaganda' — the president's approach to the news media Chicago Tribune

What to Teach Journalism Students When Their Field is Under Attack? Editor & Publisher


Deepfake Videos Are Getting Real and That’s a Problem  Wall Street Journal

The Viral Story About A Competitive Barefoot Runner Demanding People Sweep Up Acorns Is A Hoax  BuzzFeed News

Memo to the media: Stop spreading Trump’s fake news (opinion)   Washington Post

The University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility has released a tool called the "Iffy Quotient" to track the prevalence of misinfo spread on Facebook and Twitter  Univ. of Michigan 

CBS sees surge in US Flat Earthers who say there’s no rover on Mars: ‘Most people think we’re idiots’ Raw Story

The Fix for Fake News Isn't Code: It's Human  New York Times

How pro-trust initiatives are taking over the Internet  Axios

Kyrie Irving apologizes to US teachers for spreading flat-earth conspiracy theories  Quartz

Sasse warns of deepfake "perfect storm"  Axios

***BIG DATA & AI  

M.I.T. Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1 Billion  New York Times

Machine Learning fails simple test for children—what it will take to get past an Achilles’ heel of computer vision systems  Quanta Magazine 

Here’s why a few simple rules are often more effective than flashy AI  Axios

The Pentagon is pushing technology that allows the possibility of super-soldiers that remotely control robots with their brains  The Atlantic 

The value of big data/analytics/AI doesn’t come from collecting the data or deriving insight from it —value comes through action  CIO 

No, quantum computing isn’t going to revolutionize AI anytime soon—and that’s according to a panel of experts in both fields  MIT Tech Review 


Our Kids are Watching Us  Becoming (my blog)


It’s time to talk about “It’s”  The Outline


Stephen King’s 20 Rules for Writers  Open Culture 

A sensible, free guide to negotiating book contracts  BoingBong


Mapping the geographical usage of pop versus soda

When My Class Discussed ‘Mischievious’  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Coca-Cola, trying to mix Maori with English, accidentally puts "Hello, death" on vending machine  BongBong


25 National Book Award finalists announced  NPR 

A prestigious university just awarded a literary prize to one of its janitors  Quartz  

Inside the Rooms Where 20 Famous Books Were Written  Literary Hub

How Instagram Saved Poetry  The Atlantic 

Why Should You Read Don Quixote?: An Animated Video Makes the Case   Open Culture 


New York City creates gender-neutral 'X' option for birth certificates  Reuters

A Deaf Jewish, Asian, Trans Model Just Made History  The Forward 

Amazon scraps secret AI recruiting tool that showed bias against women  Reuters

First-Year Law Students’ Reported Ranking Female Peers by Appearance in Private Group Chat The Cornell Daily Sun  

Here’s what the stark gender disparity among top orchestra musicians looks like  Quartz


California has a racist past. But removing monuments sparks debate about how to reflect an ugly history  Los Angeles Times

DNA databases are too white: This man aims to fix that MIT Tech Review


Elon University event highlights First Amendment rights  The Times News

50 Years Later, Raised Fists During National Anthem Still Resonate NPR


Why is a Lisbon soccer team trying to unmask Portuguese bloggers in US court?  Ars Techica

Did Uber Steal Google’s Intellectual Property?  The New Yorker

Stairway To Heaven Is Not Blurred Lines  Tech Dirt


The Employer Surveillance State: The more bosses try to keep track of their workers, the more precious time employees waste trying to evade them  The Atlantic

New Pentagon weapons systems can easily be hacked

It Took 9 Seconds to Guess a DoD Weapons System Password   Wired  

We Are All Research Subjects Now - The Chronicle of Higher Education  Chronicle of Higher Ed

A Guide to Law Enforcement Spying Technology  Electronic Frontier Foundation 

No One Can Get Cybersecurity Disclosure Just Right  Wired  


The iPad Is Soon, Finally, Getting a Full Version of Adobe Photoshop  Gizmodo


The Internet’s keepers? Wayback Machine Director Mark Graham outlines the scale of everyone's favorite archive  Ars Technica

DuckDuckGo hits new milestone of 30 million private searches per day  The Verge

Dropbox will now scan your images for text  The Verge

Oral History of the Early Days of ICANN: A Perspective From Europe  Circle ID  


Texas evangelical groups are suing for the right to discriminate against LGBTQ workers Vox 

The US witch population has seen an astronomical rise  Quartz

Millennial Men on Joining, and Then Leaving, the Priesthood  MEL Magazine

Why 3 Christian pastors seek to join 5-member Corona City Council in November  The Press-Enterprise 


U.S. Pastor Released From Turkey After Spending 2 Years In Prison  NPR

China gives legal basis for ‘re-education camps’ for ‘religious extremists’  South China Morning Post 

New Embassy In Jerusalem Attracts Devout Christians From The U.S.  NPR 


'I love him so much I can hardly explain it': Evangelical leaders praise Trump after pastor's release  Politico 

Freed Pastor Brunson thanks Trump in White House meeting  MSNBC 


Canada surgeon operates on teddy bear for 8-year-old boy  BBC 

Wounded Army vet makes it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro  CBS News

School social worker writes notes of encouragement to all 600 of his students  Lancaster Eagle Gazette

NYC library lets job seekers check out interview attire  New York Times

New pilot takes elderly residents of his village on their first flight ever  The Times of India 

Toddler in need of a new liver and kidney gets both right before her birthday  ABC News

Soldier Whose House Was Looted Gives Away Money Raised for Him  People  

Texas Boy Thought to Be Nonverbal Can Speak After Dentist Discovers He's 'Tongue-Tied'  Inside Edition


New font is designed to boost your memory  Cnet 

White supremacists are taking their design seriously—and we should, too  Quartz

A map of every building in America  New York Times 

That Painting of Trump Having a Diet Coke With Abraham Lincoln Is Now Hanging in the White House  TIME 

Buckminster Fuller Creates Striking Posters of His Own Inventions  Open Culture


Leonard Cohen wrote a poem called “Kanye West Is Not Picasso”  Consequence of Sound

Trump Signs Sweeping New Music Licensing Legislation  Variety

The ridiculous amount of money baby-boomer rockers still make on tour  Quarz

Why are so many rappers on LinkedIn?  The Guardian

When Lyft passengers find out their driver is actually Chance the Rapper  BongBong


More and More Movies Are Reflecting Our Fear of the Internet  Wired

‘Call Me By Your Name’ Director Plans Film Inspired by Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’ Rolling Stone


Spotify Launches New Program for Podcasters  Variety  

The Growth of Sinclair’s Conservative Media Empire  The New Yorker


Police release body camera videos of college students being pulled over at gunpoint  Yahoo 

Social media videos designed to inspire millennials to help fill more than 200 officer vacancies Union Tribune  

For millennials, a regular visit to the doctor’s office is not a primary concern  Washington Post 

Michigan high school cheerleader gives out pot brownies in exchange for homecoming votes  Freep

How to Get Fortnite on Any Android Phone Now  Life Hacker

The Cornell Note-Taking System: Learn the Method Students Have Used to Enhance Their Learning Since the 1940s  Open Culture 


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Anonymous Website Aims to Out Sexual Assaulters at U. of Washington  Chronicle of Higher Ed  

After a year of #MeToo, American opinion has shifted against victims  Economist

Coming To The Right Answer By Themselves: Talking With Boys About Sexual Assault  NPR

Amid #MeToo, New York Employers Face Strict New Sexual Harassment Laws  NPR

#MeToo hashtag used over 19 million times on Twitter  Axios

How 3 Colleges Changed Their Sexual-Assault Practices in Response to a National Survey  Chronicle of Higher Ed


What to Do If You Get Turned Away at the Polls  Life Hacker

Young Voters Might Actually Show Up At The Polls This Year FiveThirtyEight


With Kavanaugh Confirmed, Both Sides Of Abortion Debate Gear Up For Battle  NPR

5 facts about U.S. suburbs  Pew Research Center  

Deported parents may lose kids to adoption  Associated Press  

Migrant Children in Search of Justice: A 2-Year-Old’s Day in Immigration Court  New York Times

Selfie deaths: 259 people reported dead seeking the perfect picture  BBC


Tech Workers Now Want to Know: What Are We Building This For? New York Times

Uber drivers and other gig economy workers are earning half what they did five years ago Recode 

If you do any of these things online, you could hurt your credit  MSNBC

The Dark Reason So many Millennials are miserable and broke  Moneyish 

From scoreboards to trackers, games have infiltrated work, serving as spies, overseers and agents of social control  Aeon 


How to Write About a Vanishing World Scientists chronicling ecological destruction must confront the loss of their life’s work and our planet’s riches  The New Yorker

'Hyperalarming' study shows massive insect loss  The Washington Post 

Among the Ruins of Mexico Beach Stands One House, Built ‘for the Big One’  New York Times


If Your Medical Information Becomes A Moneymaker, Could You Get A Cut?  NPR  

Mapping out the nation's opioid crisis county-by-county  Visual Capitalist


Human Retinas Grown In A Dish Reveal Origin Of Color Vision  NPR  

An elusive molecule that sparks multiple sclerosis may have been found  Science Mag

Mosquitoes Genetically Modified To Crash Species That Spreads Malaria  NPR


Sleep: how much do we really need?  The Guaridan  

Vitamin D Supplements Don’t Lead to Stronger Bones  New York Times


The average sticker price for U.S. childbirth: $32,093  Axios 

Number of babies born with syphilis has more than doubled since 2013  USA Today  

More kids are going without vaccines  Axios


New Swedish Museum Spotlights World's Most Disgusting Food  NPR

All 50 states, ranked by their food  Thrilist 

Millennials Kill Again. The Latest Victim? American Cheese  Bloomberg

The banana is dying. The race is on to reinvent it before it's too late  Wired


Wild chimpanzees share food with friends  Max Planck Society    

Spitfire the whippet jumps 31 feet, sets a new world record for dogs (w/ video)  SB Nation 

Goats will make return to Anaheim – for yoga, not Disneyland  OC Register

More than 100 mountain goats removed from Olympic National Park   The Olympian 

Americans spend $70 billion on pets, and that money could do more good (opinion)  The Conversation


Why Modern Clinical Psychology May Be in Trouble  Psychology Today 

Reunite After Separation at Birth: An Unethical Psychology Experiment Separates Families  The Atlantic

How to Support Someone Who's Had a Miscarriage, Explained By Redditors  Life Hacker

How to Help Girls With ADHD  Life Hacker


The heroes of science who are unlocking the brain  Popular Mechanics 

Humans Are Hardwired to Tell History in Stories. Neuroscience Tells Us Why We Get Them Wrong TIME


The History of Philosophy Visualized in an Interactive Timeline  Open Culture 

Meet the philosopher behind “the good place”  Quartz 


The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world  The Guardian\


The creepiest urban legend in every state  Thrillist 

Only 1 in 3 Americans would pass the U.S. citizenship test  Las Vegas Sun

The Library of Congress Launches the National Screening Room, Putting Online Hundreds of Historic Films Open Culture

The Best Overall History Podcast Is 'In Our Time'  Life Hacker 


How Americans Described Evil Before Hitler  The Atlantic

Codes of ethics probably don’t work Fast Company


The extremely mad professors:Why 3 academics wrote 20 whole fake papers and think other people got played  The Outline  

How to write a thorough peer review  Nature 

Researcher Requests for Inappropriate Analysis and Reporting  Annals of Internal Medicine   

An Ethics of the System: Talking to Scientists About Research Integrity  Springer

US courts of appeal cases frequently misinterpret p-values and statistical significance: an empirical study  OSF 

Ex-researcher who stole funds sentenced to play piano  Stat News

Was cancer scientist fired for challenging lab chief over authorship?  Science Mag


Report: 4 Million Californians Left College Without Earning a Degree  Inside Higher Ed 

Confidence in Higher Education Down Since 2015  Gallup

Jerry Falwell Jr.: President Trump freed Pastor Brunson from Turkey because Trump is a good and moral person  Fox News


How to Improve Your Teaching-Philosophy Statement  Chronicle of Higher Ed

One Way to Help Students Become Knowledge Creators  Chronicle of Higher Ed