NL Longform: Tech

Technology is rapidly evolving. This page evolves as we read articles about technology evolving. It's a relationship of sorts. 

HQ: Inside the Game Show App Phenomenon
In just a few months, host Scott Rogowsky has led millions to tune in each day – but amid controversy, can the wildly popular app find its footing?
  15 Minutes - by Molly Fitzpatrick for Rolling Stone Magazine


At Uber, A New CEO Shifts Gears
Dara Khosrowshahi is charged with turning the scandal-plagued startup into a traditional company - without sacrificing what made it successful. When he applied to become CEO, Barry Diller warned him, "That's a very dangerous place."
  41 Minutes - by David Hill for The New Yorker


Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet
How do we fix life online without limiting free speech?
  25 Minutes - by Andrew Marantz for The New Yorker


This is How The World's Most Covetable Cameras are Made
Hasselbad's cameras start at around $10,000. Take a photographic peak behind the production of one of these beasts.
 
11 Minutes - by Vlad Savov for The Verge


Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview
"I start with architecture, and Mark starts with products, and Steve Jobs started with aesthetics."
  25 Minutes - by Mark O'Connell for The Guardian 


Inside the Desperate Fight to Keep Old TV's Alive
Devotees of the tube TV are navigating a difficult transition between simply maintaining an aging device and preserving a piece of technological history.
 
18 Minutes - by Adi Robertson for The Verge


  by Michelle Celarier
 11 mins
How a Misfit Group of Computer Geeks and English Majors Transformed Wall Street
In the 1980s, a quiet hedge fund located above a Marxist bookstore launched a revolution that would change finance (and give us Amazon).


  by Andy Greenberg
 13 mins
How to Win Founders & Influence Everybody
Margit Wennmachers is Andreessen Horowitz’s secret weapon.


   by Andy Greenberg
 13 mins
Triple Meltdown: How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year Chip Flaw at the Same Time 
"His code, designed to steal information from the deepest, most protected part of a computer's operating system, known as the kernel, no longer spat out random characters but what appeared to be real data siphoned from the sensitive guts of his machine..."


   by Andy Greenberg
 18 mins
How Aristotle Created the Computer
The philosophers he influenced set the stage for the technological revolution that remade our world.


  by Danny Vinik
 15 mins
The Annotated Toffler: The Couple That Predicted The World We Live In Today 
They formulated an entire theory of history, effectively anticipating the information age. Their book Future Shock, is a New Library favorite. Educate yo'self.

 by Ross Benes
 mins
'The Beginning of a Giant Industry': An Oral History of the First Banner Ad
On Oct. 27, 1994, Wired magazine’s digital affiliate HotWired ran what later became known as the web’s first banner ad. And the internet has not been the same since.


  by Scott Sayare
 14 mins
The Web Began Dying in 2014: Here's How.
Facebook, Google & Amazon are eating the internet. If you run any type of business/creative endeavor on the web, you should know the broader trends and dynamics that are shaping internet use as a result of these major shifts. 


  by Jesse Hicks
 14 mins
God's Lonely Programmer
Terry Davis, a schizophrenic programmer, has spent 10 years building an operating system to talk to God.


  by Jason Fagone 
 10 mins
Teen Mathletes Do Battle at the Algorithm Olympics
Where 315 computer prodigies have 5 hours to solve unique problems with ad-hoc, one-of-a-kind algorithms. 


  by Morgan E. Peck
 22 mins
Blockchains: How They Work and Why They'll Change the World.
Blockchain technology is the true fuel behind the cryptocurrency fervor. It's best we start understanding what it is that it does, and how it can (possibly) change every major industry. 


  by David Ewing Duncan
 39 mins
An Ambitious Chinese Startup Wants to Know Everything About Your Body 
The goal is to use AI to keep you healthy. But are computers really smart enough to make sense of all that data?


  by Ben Thompson
 12 mins
The Lessons and Questions of the iPhone X & the iPhone 8.
The iPhone X was made to be the best. Is there even room for the 8?


  by Winston Ross
 mins
Rewiring Your Brain: Neurofeedback Goes Mainstream
“Clients …can simply sit in a comfortable chair for half-hour sessions with a few wires protruding from their scalp and get a mental tune-up, if not a complete rewiring of an off-kilter brain.”


    by snips.ai

A 6 Minute Intro to Artificial Intelligence
 6 mins 
Snips.ai builds private label AI assistants for major corporations. That makes them very qualified to break down what exactly is...AI. This is an interactive, super dummy version of artificial intelligence. It's what you need you to begin plotting how you'll maintain some dignity once the robots take over.

 
  
by Adam Pasick
 7 mins
The Magic That Makes Spotify's Discover Weekly so Damn Good
SO damn good. Except every once in a while, it’s not that good, right? Well, that’s your fault. Once you learn how Spotify structures their DW algorithm, you can set yourself up for music discovery success. (Hint: Don’t put that guilty pleasure pop song in your playlists)


by Matt Novak
20 mins
The Untold Story of the Teen Hackers Who Transformed the Early Internet
"Chris’s true love, though he’s reluctant to talk about it today, was hacking the Arpanet and military systems." ...One of the members of the hacker group, the Inner Circle is homeless, and the other is leading a perfectly normal life. So, what happened when the FBI busted them?


by TechDirt Staff
7 mins
Traffic is Fake, Audience Numbers Are Garbage, and Nobody Knows How Many People See Anything
New Library has 27 million subscribers.



 by Tim Urban
 36 mins
The AI Revolution: The Road to Super Intelligence
Right now, we're running on Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI). Find out what that means along with an in-depth look into the past, present, and future of AI - one of the more important topics of our time.


by Michelle Legro
  20+ mins 
Free Radicals: How Anarchy and Serendipity Fueled Science, from Newton to Tesla to Steve Jobs 


by Mike Isaac
18 mins
Uber's CEO Plays with Fire
A look back NY Times tremendous profile of Uber's now former founder and CEO, Travis Kalanick.


  by Robert Hackett
 16 mins
Can This 22 Year-Old Coder Out-Bitcoin, Bitcoin?
Vitalik Buterin is the founder/genius behind Ethereum, the latest cryptocurrency seemingly creating and erasing fortunes overnight while pushing blockchain tech to new frontiers.


  by Adam Greenfield
 27 mins
Smart Read: A Sociology of the Smartphone.
"Smartphones have altered the texture of everyday life, digesting many longstanding spaces and rituals, and transforming others beyond recognition."
 

  by Tom Clynes
 15 mins
The Curious Genius of the Man Who Started Bose Corporation 
As an MIT professor and as CEO of the eponymous company that he built from scratch, Bose has made breakthroughs in an astonishingly broad range of disciplines, including acoustics, aviation, defense, even nuclear physics.


 by Brendan McGetrick
 14 mins
It's an Empirical Life: Harvard Design Mag Talks Google & Big Data
A chef at the absolute top of his game seeks a more balanced life.


  by Laura Shin 
 14 mins
Forbes Cover Article - The Emperor's New Coin: How Initial Coin Offerings Fueled a $100 Billion Crypto Bubble 
"In two months, GNO coins were trading at $335 each, and Gnosis was suddenly worth $3 billion, more than the market cap of Revlon, Box or Time Inc."


  by Ramin Skibba
 mins
The Next Step in the Search for Aliens is a Huge Telescope and a Ton of Math
Aliens could be hiding on almost any of the Milky Way's roughly 100 billion planets, but so far, we haven't been able to find them ( dubious claims to the contrary notwithstanding). Part of the problem is that astronomers don't know exactly where to look or what to look for.


  by James Vlahos
  20+ mins 
A Son's Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality
As a father succumbs to lung cancer, his son tries to recreate his personality in the form of a chatbot.


   by Steven Levey
 75 mins 
1985 Playboy Interview: Steve Jobs
Yes, we thoroughly respect Steve Jobs. This is a classic.


   by Ashlee Vance
 25 mins
How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup
Now, Stripe’s Patrick and John Collison are teaming with Amazon to grab even more control over the global flow of commerce.


  by Jean M. Twenge 
 23 mins
Have Smartphones Ruined A Generation?
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.


   by Mark Harris
 23 mins
How Peter Thiel's Secretive Data Company Pushed Into Policing 
“These documents show how Palantir applies Silicon Valley’s playbook to domestic law enforcement. New users are welcomed with discounted hardware and federal grants, sharing their own data in return for access to others."