The Profound Loneliness of New York Subway Platforms

The Profound Loneliness of New York Subway Platforms

In the first months after moving to New York City in 2008, Israeli-born photographer Natan Dvir liked to time how long he could stare at fellow subway passengers before one of them made eye contact. Whether reading a book, listening to music, or simply staring into space, each of the passengers seemed to be in…

Julian Assange Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

Julian Assange Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

These days it’s hard to tell for sure, but its seems as though, if anything, the biggest news of the last week was the most recent Democratic debate, during which Mike Bloomberg took a bit of a verbal beating. Elsewhere, people are still dying from Covid-19, and Ben Affleck is opening up about his struggles…

Embr Wave Review: The End of Thermostat Wars

Embr Wave Review: The End of Thermostat Wars

I’d forgotten it was cold inside until I picked up an aluminum laptop and it felt like ice. Then I noticed my fingertips and toes were freezing. It was weird, knowing I was cold yet not feeling cold. But that’s how the Wave worked best—when I wasn’t paying attention to it.I’ve been wearing the Embr…

A Star’s Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

A Star’s Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

Jupiter’s moon Io—the solar system’s most volcanic world—has inspired a new way to find distant exoplanets. As the moon orbits Jupiter, it tugs on the planet’s magnetic field, generating bright auroras in Jupiter’s atmosphere. Even if we couldn’t see Io itself, the enormous auroras, pulsing to the beat of a hidden orbiting body, would tell…

This Technique Uses AI to Fool Other AIs

This Technique Uses AI to Fool Other AIs

Artificial intelligence has made big strides recently in understanding language, but it can still suffer from an alarming, and potentially dangerous, kind of algorithmic myopia.Research shows how AI programs that parse and analyze text can be confused and deceived by carefully crafted phrases. A sentence that seems straightforward to you or me may have a…