On Earth Day 2019, Google posted this video about the “urgency of radically addressing climate change in the next decade.” This is Kate Brandt, she used to be Obama’s chief sustainability officer. Now she works to make Google a global leader in “reducing or even eliminating our dependence on raw… Continue Reading Google and Amazon are now in the oil business

If you upload a photo into Google’s reverse image search, it’ll find websites where that picture has appeared, or provide “visually similar images” that have the same coloring and composition. The leading search engine in Russia, called Yandex, has reverse image search too but it doesn’t work the same way.… Continue Reading What facial recognition steals from us

In the United States, around 3 million people work with classified information as part of their job. That includes people who work in the military, for government agencies like the CIA, or for private companies hired by those agencies. Let’s say you are one of those people. And you learn… Continue Reading How America fails its whistleblowers

When you imagine the “job of the future?” what comes to mind? Probably something like this. Or maybe this. These are the jobs expected to grow the most over the next decade. And if you look at expected growth and the annual salary there’s a clear winner … nursing. Other… Continue Reading The robot-proof job men aren’t taking

Your body is a temple, but it’s also a museum of natural history. Look closely and you’ll see parts that aren’t there because you need them but because your animal ancestors did. No longer serving their previous function but not costly enough to have disappeared, these remnants of our deep… Continue Reading Proof of evolution that you can find on your body

These 50 cards represent every person who took the SAT college entrance exam in 2017. In America, this score — this ranking of students — is hugely important. Elite schools like Yale or Harvard select the large majority of their students from this pile — the top 1 percent of… Continue Reading The problem with America’s college entrance exam

A decade ago, robots still seemed pretty limited. Now, not so much. And computers don’t just win chess any more, they can win Jeopardy. “Watson.” “What is the of the Elegance of the Hedgehog?” They can win Go. “There are about 200 possible moves for the average position in Go.”… Continue Reading The big debate about the future of work, explained

This is Fiery Cross island. It’s a little more than one square mile in size and it’s home to a Chinese military base. There’s a 10,000 foot airstrip, an advanced radar station, a missile defense system, and about 200 troops. But the strangest thing about Fiery Cross Island is that… Continue Reading Why China is building islands in the South China Sea

“So once I added your RSS feed to our site, every single article that is published on Vox.com is getting sent through a feed and we’re just like automatically creating a video for it.” “Oh my god that is so crazy. Every single article through our feed.” “Every single article.”… Continue Reading How smart is today’s artificial intelligence?