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Spider eyes inspire a new kind of depth-sensing camera

Spider eyes inspire a new kind of depth-sensing camera As robots and gadgets continue to pervade our everyday lives, they increasingly need to see in 3D — but as evidenced by the notch in your iPhone, depth-sensing cameras are still pretty bulky. A new approach inspired by how some spiders sense the […]

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Silicon Valley’s competing philosophies on tech ethics with The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz

Silicon Valley’s competing philosophies on tech ethics with The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz “If Silicon Valley is going to keep telling itself the story that the only uses of their technology will be the most optimistic, the most hopeful, the most salubrious, the most prosocial,” New Yorker staff writer Andrew Marantz told […]

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Softly, softly, catchy jelly: This ‘ultragentle’ robotic gripper collects fragile marine life

Softly, softly, catchy jelly: This ‘ultragentle’ robotic gripper collects fragile marine life The creatures of the depths live in a very different world — one lethal to us. But our world is lethal to them as well, all sharp edges and rapid movements. If we’re to catch and learn about the soft-bodied […]

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How ‘ghost work’ in Silicon Valley pressures the workforce, with Mary Gray

How ‘ghost work’ in Silicon Valley pressures the workforce, with Mary Gray The phrase “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” was originally meant sarcastically. It’s not actually physically possible to do — especially while wearing Allbirds and having just fallen off a Bird scooter in downtown San Francisco, but I should […]

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These robo-shorts are the precursor to a true soft exoskeleton

These robo-shorts are the precursor to a true soft exoskeleton When someone says “robotic exoskeleton,” the power loaders from Aliens are what come to mind for most people (or at least me), but the real things will be much different: softer, smarter and used for much more ordinary tasks. The latest such […]

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The rise of the new crypto “mafias”

The rise of the new crypto “mafias” Ash Egan Contributor Ash Egan leads crypto investing at Accomplice. He formerly was a VC at ConsenSys Ventures and Converge. In the early 2000s, journalists popularized the term “PayPal mafia” to describe the PayPal founders and employees who left to start their own wildly successful […]

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Tiny Robobee X-Wing powers its flight with light

Tiny Robobee X-Wing powers its flight with light We’ve seen Harvard’s Robobee flying robot evolve for years: After first learning to fly, it learned to swim in 2015, then to jump out of the water again in 2017 — and now it has another trick up its non-existent sleeve. The Robobee X-Wing […]

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Harvard-MIT initiative grants $750K to projects looking to keep tech accountable

Harvard-MIT initiative grants 0K to projects looking to keep tech accountable Artificial intelligence, or what passes for it, can be found in practically every major tech company and, increasingly, in government programs. A joint Harvard-MIT program just unloaded $750,000 on projects looking to keep such AI developments well understood and well reported. […]

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YC-backed Upsolve is automating bankruptcy for everyone

YC-backed Upsolve is automating bankruptcy for everyone The popular image of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy might be a large company like Enron failing, or maybe some lazy drifter trying to shirk their financial responsibilities. The reality is anything but those sorts of images. Today in America, the most common reason for bankruptcy […]

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