Jon Christian

tech

The Rogue Tesla Mechanic Resurrecting Salvaged Cars

The "Doctor Frankenstein of Teslas" is one of the only people taking completely wrecked cars and putting them back together—without Tesla's help.
Jon Christian
7.27.18
tech

Why Is Google Translate Spitting Out Sinister Religious Prophecies?

Google Translate is moonlighting as a deranged oracle—and experts say it’s likely because of the spooky nature of neural networks.
Jon Christian
7.20.18
soccer

Watch the Final Match of the Robot World Cup

The RoboCup is an annual contest to build and program teams of soccer-playing robots.
Jon Christian
6.25.18
crime

7 Time 'Jeopardy!' Winner Pleads Guilty to Hacking Into the Email of Students and Faculty

I’ll take “unauthorized access to a computer system” for $500, Alex.
Jon Christian
6.19.18
Motherboard

iPhone 7 'Loop Disease' Is an 'Epidemic'

People who repair Apple products say that a grayed-out speaker icon is a symptom of “loop disease,” which can affect aging iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices.
Jon Christian
6.4.18
END OF THE WORLD

Doomsday Preppers Love Subscription Boxes

Subscription boxes used to be the domain of cosmetics and cute clothing. Now a niche industry has sprung up around machetes and iodine tablets.
Jon Christian
6.4.18
Strange Loops

Watch This Hacked NES 'Reverse Emulate' Super Nintendo Games

The hacker who pulled it off says it could be a preview of what it’ll look like if we start adding new capabilities to the human brain.
Jon Christian
5.30.18
Motherboard

Watch This Guy Turn Jello Into a Knife

The quest continues to create knives out of anything.
Jon Christian
5.21.18
vr

Say Nice Things to These Insufferably Cute Plants to Make Them Grow

This augmented reality game lets you say nice things or yell at plants to make them grow or die.
Jon Christian
5.3.18
springer

AI Researchers Are Boycotting Nature’s New Machine Intelligence Journal

Researchers from Google, Facebook, IBM, MIT and Harvard have pledged not to contribute to a new journal about machine learning, citing its lack of open access.
Jon Christian
5.2.18
Books

When Did 'Neuromancer' Actually Take Place?

William Gibson says his novel takes place around 2035. I’m not convinced.
Jon Christian
1.5.17
Sex

Wedding Ring Drones, Intimacy Meters, and Other Future Visions of Romance

A satirical show at MIT uses dark humor to confront the future of sex and romance.
Jon Christian
4.17.16
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