What Your Klout Score Really Means

What Your Klout Score Really Means

Last spring Sam Fiorella was recruited for a VP position at a large Toronto marketing agency. With 15 years of experience consulting for major brands like AOL, Ford, and Kraft, Fiorella felt confident in his qualifications. But midway through the interview, he was caught off guard when his interviewer asked him for his Klout score.…

‘Randomizers’ Are Breathing New Life Into Old Games

‘Randomizers’ Are Breathing New Life Into Old Games

Like a longtime partner or a favorite pair of socks, there’s comfort to be found in revisiting a familiar game from your youth. There’s a sense of ease knowing what lies inside each treasure chest, which bush an enemy will spring from, or the secret tactic that vanquishes a foe with ease. That calming intimacy…

3D Printing Can Keep Aging Air Force Aircraft Flying

3D Printing Can Keep Aging Air Force Aircraft Flying

Glenn House and his colleagues spent more than four years making a new toilet for the B-1 Lancer. The challenge wasn’t fitting the john into the cockpit (it went behind the front left seat), but ensuring that every part could handle life aboard a plane that can pull 5 Gs, break the sound barrier, and…

Life Inside a Giant Space Beast May Not Be So Bad

Life Inside a Giant Space Beast May Not Be So Bad

Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. In Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back the Millennium Falcon (above) had to escape from the inside of an exogorth, or giant space worm. Photograph: Lucasfilms Ltd./Everett CollectionIn Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back, when the heroes find themselves in the belly of a giant…

20 Best Gifts for Dad (2019): Gift Ideas for the Father in Your Life

20 Best Gifts for Dad (2019): Gift Ideas for the Father in Your Life

Dads are notoriously hard to buy for. Usually you’re faced with a choice between getting them something practical they probably already have, or something crazy and interesting they’ll never use. It’s a nightmare.Luckily, we’ve put together this list of gifts for dads, father figures, or anyone who appreciates handy gadgets. You might still get nothing…

How Deepfakes Scramble Our Sense of True and False

How Deepfakes Scramble Our Sense of True and False

“Are you in a precarious situation? … You sound like you can’t talk.” Karah Preiss’ cousin Leslie accused her of being sleepy and distracted and eventually hung up, but didn’t guess the truth. Preiss had placed the call using a software clone of her voice made to demonstrate artificial intelligence’s ability to deceive.Preiss relates her…