Tag: Innovation

SpaceX Delays Launch of Starlink Orbital Internet Satellites

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket launches is small. The solution may be to start […]

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SpaceX to Launch 60 Starlink Satellites, Aiming to Build Orbital Internet

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket launches is small. The solution may be to start […]

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Tech We’re Using: Why Play a Music CD? ‘No Ads, No Privacy Terrors, No Algorithms’

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Ben Sisario, a reporter who covers the music industry, discussed the tech he’s using. What are your most important tech tools for doing your reporting? Probably 75 percent of my reporting is done by phone and email, and when […]

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The story of the former olympian who designed the world’s most beloved boat

On a slate-gray day in September, 89-year-old Bruce Kirby leans against the ­pinstriped first-mate’s seat of Lulu as it motors in slow circles on Long Island Sound. Just outside the elegantly varnished cockpit, a fleet of small sailboats races by, its formation loose and shifting. Kirby follows the boats through a pair of binoculars. One, […]

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The history—and future—of hitting the road

Today’s streets have it harder than their ancestors did. Instead of feet, hooves, and wooden wheels, they shoulder semis and SUVs. As we’ve developed new ways to zip around, we’ve also changed the makeup of the routes on which we travel, transforming gravel paths into asphalt superhighways. Challenges such as extreme weather and carbon emissions […]

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Tech Fix: It’s Time to Use Your Imagination With Bluetooth Trackers. We Did.

This week, I’m asking readers to engage in an admittedly odd exercise: to use our imaginations with Bluetooth trackers. Sounds weird, right? Bluetooth trackers are those tiny tags that help you find lost items. They attach to your house keys or wallet so that if those things are misplaced, you open a smartphone app and […]

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Behold Ford’s Futuristic Shopping Cart

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Samsung Postpones Rollout of Galaxy Fold

SAN FRANCISCO — For the past decade, smartphones have had practically the same design: a rectangular slab with a touch screen. That’s why gadget enthusiasts were eagerly awaiting the release this week of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, a smartphone that could be folded or unfolded to decrease or increase its screen size. Now, they will have […]

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Here’s Soylent’s New Product. It’s Food.

“When we first started coming up with this idea of portioned, chewable nutrition, we were like, ‘Oh it should be a cube,’” said Bryan Crowley, the chief executive of Soylent. They tried it. Turns out, he said, “Cubes are really difficult to do.” So Soylent — the contrarian food replacement company that made its name […]

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A Case for a Market-Driven Green New Deal

The best thing to come from the Senate’s floor debate on the Green New Deal late last month may have been these eminently sane remarks, calling on lawmakers of both parties to “move together” in order “to lower emissions, to address the reality of climate change, recognizing that we’ve got an economy we need to […]

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What it’s really like working as a safety driver in a self-driving car

Joe VanOflen, Operations lead at drive.ai We spend so much of our lives commuting, but with self-­driving cars, we could fill that time in ­unlimited ways. You might finish up work, put on a movie, or—if the car windows are digital displays—enjoy a virtual-reality tour of the French countryside. But before we hand over the […]

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The World’s First 5D Porn Theater Is a Wild Ride

This article originally appeared on VICE Netherlands. Porn star Kim Holland whispers in my ear while she massages my shoulders. “You’re going to have quite the experience,” she assures me. “Just sit back and enjoy it.” It’s Friday night and I’m in the world’s first 5D adult cinema, which opened this month in Amsterdam. With […]

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Depressed and Anxious? These Video Games Want to Help

In the coming adventure video game Sea of Solitude, the main character — a young woman named Kay — navigates a partly submerged city as she faces a multitude of red-eyed scaly creatures. None are as terrifying as her own personal demons. As the game progresses, Kay realizes the creatures she is encountering are humans […]

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Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer

SAN FRANCISCO — The Department of Energy disclosed details on Monday of one of the most expensive computers being built: a $500 million machine based on Intel and Cray technology that may become crucial in a high-stakes technology race between the United States and China. The supercomputer, called Aurora, is a retooling of a development […]

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‘We Know Them. We Trust Them.’ Uber and Airbnb Alumni Fuel Tech’s Next Wave.

SAN FRANCISCO — Riley Newman, a former head of data science at Airbnb, set out in mid-2017 to raise a venture capital fund that would invest in a multitude of tech trends. But he quickly realized that potential investors were not interested in that kind of fund. Instead, all they wanted to hear about were […]

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Why Are Republicans Embracing Economic State Planning?

China’s post-Mao economic boom has occurred only to the extent that the country became capitalist. With “Made in China 2025,” Beijing’s 2015 anticapitalist plan for an industrial policy under which the state would pick “winners,” China has taken a step back from capitalism. (It recently dropped the “Made in China 2025” name, though the policy […]

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Tech Fix: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Review: A $1,000 Smartphone With Compromises

After I set up Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 Plus phone last week, I showed it to my partner and said with atypical enthusiasm, “Check it out — this phone has the fingerprint sensor built directly into the screen.” I pressed my thumb down on the screen, where the fingerprint sensor was embedded. “No match,” a […]

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How High Drug Prices Inflate C.E.O.s’ Pay

Drug company executives faced tough questions from Congress on Tuesday as they attempted to explain why, thanks to high drug prices, per capita spending on pharmaceuticals in the United States is double the average of other advanced countries. For decades, American drug makers have justified these high prices by asserting that the higher profits they […]

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The Joy of Standards

Our modern existence depends on things we can take for granted. Cars run on gas from any gas station, the plugs for electrical devices fit into any socket, and smartphones connect to anything equipped with Bluetooth. All of these conveniences depend on technical standards, the silent and often forgotten foundations of technological societies. The objects […]

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