Love in the Time of Robots

Hiroshi Ishi­guro has spent his entire life in pursuit of creating a lifelike android. But what kind of life is he trying to instill in them? For Ishi­guro, other people are just mirrors and conversation is just a set of stimuli. Can a genius inventor create a near-human if he doesn’t really understand his own kind?

Author: Alex Mar
Source: Wired
Published: Oct 17, 2017
Length: 49 minutes (12,300 words)

How One Syrian Fought to the Death for a Free Internet

When Bassel Khartabil tried to create an open internet culture in Syria,  the government executed him. Thousands of other Syrians have disappeared.

Author: Alice Su
Source: Wired
Published: Sep 27, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,830 words)

Snopes and the Search for Facts in a Post-Fact World

How the legendary internet fact-finding site came to be, and how a messy divorce and ownership and control squabbles have threatened the site’s existence.

Source: Wired
Published: Sep 20, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,873 words)

Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones. Tristan Harris Wants to Rescue Them.

A former Google design ethicist insists that our minds have been hijacked in an arms race for our attention. He also insists that, with the help of a Hippocratic Oath for software designers, we can win.

Source: Wired
Published: Jul 26, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

Instagram’s Kevin Systrom Wants to Clean Up the Internet

The photo sharing service has built tools and algorithms to remove offensive comments for its 700 million users with the hope that it will reduce the amount of toxicity they experience online.

Source: Wired
Published: Aug 14, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,363 words)

Meet Alex, the Russian Casino Hacker Who Makes Millions Targeting Slot Machines

A look into the mind of a mathematician-turned-hacker who milks slot machines in casinos around the world.

Source: Wired
Published: Aug 5, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,623 words)

A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality

After his father was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, James Vlahos began programming a chatbot that could emulate his father using stories from his life.

Source: Wired
Published: Jul 19, 2017
Length: 28 minutes (7,193 words)

End Pain Forever

Steven Pete has a rare neurological condition that makes him unable to feel pain. Pam Costa has the opposite neurological condition — she feels pain constantly, as if her body is on fire. They both share a genetic link that has helped scientists understand why we experience pain and how to treat it.

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 18, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,961 words)

Chasing the Phantom

The hunt to take down “Slavik,” a notorious Russian hacker who stole millions from U.S. banks and has ties to Russian intelligence.

Source: Wired
Published: Mar 21, 2017
Length: 27 minutes (6,961 words)

The Curse of the Bahia Emerald, a Giant Green Rock That Ruins Lives

Meet the schemers, investors, and dreamers who were bewitched by a big green rock that might not actually be worth anything.

Source: Wired
Published: Mar 2, 2017
Length: 25 minutes (6,487 words)