Dyson’s New Task Light Is Easy on the Eyes

Dyson Lightcycle Task LightMost modern task lamps consist of little more than a power cord, an LED, and a few strips of metal. But if anyone’s going to over-engineer such a simple object, it’s Dyson. With the Lightcycle, the British company applies the same delightful reinvention it brought to fans and vacuums. The lamp’s height…

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Worried About Privacy at Home? There’s an AI for That

Alexa, are you eavesdropping on me?I passive-aggressively ask my Amazon Echo this question every so often. Because as useful as AI has become, it’s also very creepy. It’s usually cloud-based, so it’s often sending snippets of audio—or pictures from devices like “smart” doorbells—out to the internet. And this, of course, produces privacy nightmares, as when…

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A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet

This story originally appeared on Yale Environment360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.As public concern about plastic pollution rises, consumers are reaching for canvas bags, metal straws, and reusable water bottles. But while individuals fret over images of oceanic garbage gyres, the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries are pouring billions of dollars into…

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A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech

“Techlash,” the rising public animosity toward big tech companies and their impacts on society, will continue to define the state of the tech world in 2020. Government leaders, historically the stewards of protecting society from the impacts of new innovations, are becoming exasperated at the inability of traditional policymaking to keep up with the unprecedented…

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