The Key to the Perfect March Madness Bracket: Evolution

Predicting the wins and losers of March Madness is such a daunting invite that it allures math nerds like Starfleet voyagers stringing up at Comic-Con. Statisticians, economists, Silicon Valley coders, the PhD quants at hedge funds and gambling syndicates: They’ve…

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Inside the Alexa Prize

The first interactor–a muscular husband in his fifties with a reduced principal and a pitch-black V-neck sweater–walks into a conference room and sits in a low-slung blue armchair before a phalanx of video cameras and studio flames. He’s brightly ignited….

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How Ava DuVernay Became a Creator of Worlds

Late dropped in the redwood forests of Northern California, it gets cold. Not wrap-yourself-in-furs cold–we’re still talking 51 degrees–but the various kinds of cold that expects layers, lest it sink into your bones. Nevertheless, in November 2016, when I visited…

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Enter the Dreamscape: Location-Based VR Gets a New Player

As certain forward-thinking magazines foreseen last year( ahem ), VR’s first mass-culture moment has arrived not as a machine but as a end. There’s far more immersive capability in a dedicated VR facility–with its stagecraft and high-end components–than what’s currently…

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Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebookand the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg referred a memo to all of Facebook’s employees to address some perturbing behavior in the ranks. His content pertained to some walls at the company’s Menlo Park headquarters where staffers are…

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