We’ve started a new series where we curate some of interesting reads on how technology affects us. They range from stories or blogs on how to run a tech business to detailed analysis of emerging industry sectors. Tell us what you think and also share some good reads you’ve come across.

Searching for the algorithms underlying life – Quanta Magazine

“A toddler fumbling with a rubber ball and a deep-learning network classifying cat photos are both learning; calling the latter system a “machine” is a distinction without a difference.”


Snowden’s chronicler reveals her own life under surveillance – Wired

“The heavily redacted documents show that the US Army Criminal Investigation Command requested in 2006 that the FBI investigate Poitras as a possible “U.S. media representative … involved with anti-coalition forces.””


How Zano raised million on Kickstarter and left most backers with nothing – Medium

“Even more importantly, perhaps: Does the failure of a project this prominent and this well-funded call into question the future of crowdfunding itself? Can we ever trust the crowd again?”


The case for making self-driving cars think like humans – Wired

“If your car’s autonomous mode makes it behave like a hyper-cautious teenager during a road test, you’ll probably never hand over control. And that means missing a big opportunity to save lives.”


New logo and identity for Uber done in-house – Under Consideration

“Having a separate icon for drivers that looks even less like anything doesn’t help the cause of establishing a consistent, recognizable mobile environment.”


Tech’s most unlikely venture capitalists – Medium

“I had left my native Iran and landed in the United States with $700. I couldn’t speak English and knew handful of people in California. But I knew America stood for opportunity, and I was ready to seize it.”


Are you the writer Theranos is looking for to tell great stories about Theranos? – re/code

“Though it’s unclear what “conceptual problem solving” is, presumably one problem being solved involves all the critical things that have been written about Theranos in the last few months.”


Google’s creepy plan to kill the password – Engadget

“Abacus would lock or unlock devices and apps based on a cumulative “trust score” — as your phone continually monitors and recognizes your location patterns, voice and speech patterns, how you walk and type, and your face (among other things).”


Andy Rubin unleashed Android on the world. Now watch him do the same with AI – Wired

“Just as MS-DOS gave way to Macintosh and Windows, which gave way to the web, which gave way to smartphones, he thinks the forces are in place to begin a decades-long transition to the next great platform: artificial intelligence.”


A rant about why Twitter’s past failures make it nearly unfixable – Techcrunch

“For years, especially in the 2007 to 2011 era, Twitter did everything it could to get people to sign up. But Twitter was pouring users into a bucket with a hole in it. The new user onboarding experience was thin and confusing.”


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