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“WILL PEOPLE STILL LIKE ME IF THEY SEE ME WITH OATMILK?”
RANTS AND RAVES
Machine Mastery • The history—and racist resurrection—of Black androids.
Lurking Is Learning • The internet has made me immune to a coherent narrative. In order to truly understand anything, I’ve taught myself to read networks.
Startup Downfalls • Three new books explore why fledgling companies flounder—and what founders can do about it.
READOUT • The world, quantified.
The Endemic Times • It’s clear that Covid will always be with us. Now we all must decide how much illness and death we can tolerate—and how much work we’ll do to prevent more.
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Obit Players • Inside the online death economy, where opportunistic companies scrape websites for obituaries and publish their own versions, raking in traffic—and millions of dollars.
Space on Earth • Iceland’s singular landscapes have become a proving ground for equipment destined for missions to other worlds.
The Best of CES • FROM A BIRD-WATCHING feeder to a color-changing EV, we saw hundreds of new and upcoming devices at the 2022 edition of the Las Vegas consumer tech showcase—from our Omicron-free home offices. These are some of the products, prototypes, and efforts that illuminated the path to the future.
DEAR CLOUD SUPPORT: Do Good Doorbell Cams Make Good Neighbors? • I haven’t been burglarized or anything, but I’m feeling some pressure to get one of those Ring surveillance systems for my front porch—the ones that record 24/7 video. Seems smart, but friends are telling me it’s a bad look. Would it be unneighborly of me? Am I just an untrusting, untrustworthy gentrifier? —CONCERNED CITIZEN
TOKE DETECTOR • There is no scientific way to tell if someone is driving while stoned. That’s a problem for law enforcement—and drivers. One company is determined to fix that. But can a weed sobriety test really work?
THE WEIRD HAND OF PROGRESS
‘I’m Calling to Help’ • WHEN MY MOTHER FELL VICTIM TO A PHONE SCAMMER, OUR FAMILY LEARNED A PAINFUL TRUTH: THE EXPLOSION OF PERSONAL FINANCE APPS HAS MADE IT ALL TOO EASY TO TARGET VULNERABLE PEOPLE.
COLOPHON • Mixology That Helped Get This Issue Out
IN SIX WORDS, WRITE A STORY ABOUT YOUR NEXT-GENERATION PET: SORRY, HE’S JUST SNIFFING YOUR METADATA.