Tech That Could Help Pro Sports Adapt to the Pandemic

Tech That Could Help Pro Sports Adapt to the Pandemic

As some US sports leagues return to play, a few athletes will be trying out ring-finger health trackers or new helmet-plus-mask designs that sports officials hope will keep them from suffering the same Covid-catching fates as Florida beachgoers or Texas bar-hoppers. Soccer and basketball games this July will be played in empty stadiums and arenas…

India’s TikTok Ban Dispels the Myth of the ‘China Bogeyman’

India’s TikTok Ban Dispels the Myth of the ‘China Bogeyman’

In April 2018, as Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress amid the Cambridge Analytica scandal, photojournalists captured a fascinating line of argument in the Facebook founder’s typed notes: “Breakup strengthens Chinese companies,” it read. This defense, which the company’s executives have wielded repeatedly in the past two years, argues that concerns over Facebook’s monopoly power voiced…

Self-Driving Tech Is Becoming a Game of Partnerships

Self-Driving Tech Is Becoming a Game of Partnerships

Building a self-driving car was never going to be easy. But Karl Iagnemma says he didn’t expect it to be this hard. “Vehicles are these massively complex systems, and to [build self-driving cars], we need to integrate them with another very complex system and do it in a way that’s reliable and cost-optimized. It’s really,…

Covid Drives Real Businesses to Tap Deepfake Technology

Covid Drives Real Businesses to Tap Deepfake Technology

This month, advertising giant WPP will send unusual corporate training videos to tens of thousands of employees worldwide. A presenter will speak in the recipient’s language and address them by name, while explaining some basic concepts in artificial intelligence. The videos themselves will be powerful demonstrations of what AI can do: The face, and the…

Keeping Up With the Coronas—or Why the Virus Is Winning

Keeping Up With the Coronas—or Why the Virus Is Winning

Coronavirus: 11,495,412 (and counting). Humans: 0. As much as we’d like to ignore corona, it’s not ignoring us.We’ve had reason enough for distraction: a great global reckoning over race and inequality, crashing economies, and weirdly successful smoke-and-mirrors magic that makes the virus as invisible (to some) as Houdini’s disappearing elephant.But the climb in global cases…