The most expensive hyphen in history Venus probe

NASA’s computing required perfection. Anything less had serious consequences. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 18 hours ago

Watching a real urban planner play SimCity is incredibly satisfying (2018)

“I’m going to give everybody the black lung!” | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 1 day ago

How Big Tech is helping build the Pentagon’s all-seeing eye-in-the-sky

After years of more clandestine contracting, the Pentagon has turned to Silicon Valley’s algorithms to build “Enemy of the People”-style surveillance systems. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 1 day ago

The latest leap forward in visual AI is downright mesmerizing

A new algorithm, developed by University of Washington and Facebook, can “wake up” people in still photos. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 2 days ago

VR is training cops to empathize with the people they might kill

The company behind Taser weapons is putting Oculus Go headsets on Chicago police to train them in empathy—and teach them when to keep their weapons holstered. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 2 days ago

Software engrg was a joke until the Moon mission made it the future

Before software came to dominate every aspect of society, we didn’t even know how to spell it. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 3 days ago

The Fall of Perl, the Web’s Most Promising Language (2014)

And the rise of Python. Does Perl have a future? | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 4 days ago

What rights will robots deserve?

What moral rights would non-human persons have? Would it be morally permissible to try to thwart their emergence? Or would we have a duty to promote and foster their existence? | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 5 days ago

Everyone’s talking about ethics in AI. Here’s what they’re missing

The rush toward ethical AI is leaving many of us behind. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 5 days ago

The booming business of police tech can’t address deeper problems

American cities have become far too comfortable relying on police as a cure-all for social ills. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 6 days ago

The computer that took Nasa to the moon

NASA needed a supercomputer to get us to the Moon, and it had to be generations ahead of the state of the art at the time. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 7 days ago

How to get the ultimate home office, according to 4 CEOs who work remotely

The CEOs of Basecamp, Flexjobs, InVision, and Dribbble share the ultimate work-life hacks. Tip No. 1: Make sure there’s a door—that locks. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 7 days ago

Firefox’s bold new branding is a glimpse into Mozilla’s grand plan

It’s the result of a years-long process that involved the public’s feedback on two potential design directions. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 8 days ago

First Look: The New Dropbox

An exclusive look at Dropbox’s all-new version, which adds full-blown Windows and Mac apps, integrations with other workplace tools, and more. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 8 days ago

Even more evidence that Firefox wants to be the anti-Chrome

Mozilla CEO Chris Beard said in an interview that the company is looking to launch subscription-based premium features that bolster privacy and security. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 8 days ago

2019 was a year that saw branding evolve rapidly

2019 was a year that saw branding evolve rapidly. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 8 days ago

What will it take for the climate capture industry to scale up?

Carbon capture technology–which helps fight climate change by removing emissions that are already in the air–could be a key part of the climate solution, if it grows fast enough and doesn’t just become an excuse to emit more. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 8 days ago

Uber air taxi maker Embraer floats a “simple” new design for its flying SUV

Launching entirely new aircraft types in the 2020s will be a huge technical and regulatory challenge. Brazil’s Embraer aims to keep the design as simple as possible. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 8 days ago

Driverless cars are coming for the airlines

Our research has revealed just how much people’s travel preferences could shift with the advent of driverless cars. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 9 days ago

Clothes don't need to be washed for 100 days

“We risk turning the customer off by making them feel like we’re suggesting they be less hygienic. We’re going up against years of cultural conditioning here.” | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 9 days ago

The tech industry created a teaching corps for rural schools

Experts from Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and other companies are bringing their skills to teaching—and reaching students far from the the tech giants’ home turf. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 9 days ago

The growing climate rebellion at Amazon

The online giant is facing a growing revolution from within that demands it get serious about climate action. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 9 days ago

The design decision that almost ruined the Moon landing

Imagine Neil Armstrong swinging onto the moon like Tarzan, and you’re there. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 10 days ago

House costs just $20,000 but its nicer than yours

Rural Studio’s $20K House has such innovative design that it’s changing the entire housing system–from mortgages to zoning laws. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 12 days ago

When 3Com Met Huawei

How a struggling U.S. tech pioneer partnered up with an ambitious Chinese upstart–for a while. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 12 days ago

A New Privacy Feature in iOS 13

iOS 13 will finally block developers from accessing the notes section of the Contact app. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 13 days ago

With this AI, your voice could give away your face

MIT researchers trained a machine learning model to reconstruct a very rough likeness of someone’s face based only on a short audio clip. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 13 days ago

New Privacy Device

With every post, click, and purchase, we have become the product. I didn’t agree to that, and I bet you didn’t either. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 13 days ago

Apple created the privacy dystopia it wants to save you from

Apple invented privacy problems on mobile devices. And now only Apple can fix them. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 14 days ago

CDC: 1.1M Americans lost health insurance coverage in 2018

The assault on the Affordable Care Act appears to be working. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 15 days ago

Apple is designing for a post-Facebook world

At WWDC, Apple debuted a slew of new features that let users connect with their families and friends right inside Apple’s apps–no social networks needed. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 15 days ago

Dressers keep killing kids. So IKEA is finally redesigning them

After a series of ineffective recalls in 2016 and 2017, Ikea finally releases a dresser designed to prevent deadly and dangerous tip-overs. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 15 days ago

Amsterdam Turned Itself into a Bike Rider’s Paradise

Pictures from the turn of the 20th century to today show how Amsterdam slowly–and intentionally–changed its car culture. Your city can do it, too. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 16 days ago

“Sign in with Apple” is a great new privacy feature—and a weapon

Apple has been jousting with Facebook and Google over privacy. At WWDC, it did its talking through a major new feature that could hurt its rivals. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 16 days ago

Full-service cinemas have revived moviegoing in the age of Netflix

The phenomenon of a luxe night out with a brew and a view extends from the big city to big sky country. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 16 days ago

That Google outage meant some Nest users couldn’t unlock doors or use the AC

The perils of a cloud-connected smart home. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 16 days ago

Google could be targeted in the first antitrust probe of Big Tech under Trump

The investigation into the company’s search and “other businesses” may signal the end of Washington’s recent hands-off approach to regulating tech giants. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 18 days ago

If you want to change Facebook, you have to change Zuckerberg

An investor asked Mark Zuckerberg if he would give up some of his power for the good of the company. She didn’t get an answer, but she asked the right question. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 19 days ago

Chase bank is quietly adding a forced arbitration clause to some credit cards

Ten years ago, the bank stopped this practice. Now it’s bringing it back. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 19 days ago

Why Tesla's dashboard touch screens suck

Tesla’s touch screens might seem like magic, but UX experts argue they’re poorly designed–which has serious implications for road safety. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 20 days ago

Donna Zuckerberg and other classicists resist hate groups’ use of antiquity

White supremacists and misogynists see the ancient Mediterranean as a touchstone. A group of concerned scholars have taken to the web to sound the alarm. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 20 days ago

Dashlane raises $110M, nets new CMO in password management push

The login credential management company plans to keep fighting the risks of stolen passwords. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 20 days ago

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Tesla’s touch screens might seem like magic, but UX experts argue they’re poorly designed–which has serious implications for road safety. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 20 days ago

Want to fix big tech? Change what classes are reqd for a computer science degree

When people learn to code, they should also learn about ethics, humanities, and equity. Then perhaps they’ll be more prepared to predict the unintended consequences of their work. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 21 days ago

Now AI easily erases the Tiananmen Square massacre from online memory

As the 30th anniversary of the pro-democracy protests approaches, China’s AI censors aren’t even breaking a sweat. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 22 days ago

An oral history of USB, the port that changed everything

Ajay Bhatt was simply trying to upgrade his computer. How that gave way to the one plug to rule them all. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 22 days ago

Samsung’s AI lab can create a video of you from a single still photo

The company recently showed off AI that allows it to “puppet” someone’s face onto another person’s body–using only a single photo for reference. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 22 days ago

Living machines: MIT’s former president on the next technology revolution

In her new book, “The Age of Living Machines,” Susan Hockfield argues that we have entered a new era of scientific innovation in America. | Continue reading


@fastcompany.com | 22 days ago