Category: Backchannel

May 18, 2020

How a Chinese AI Giant Made Chatting—and Surveillance—Easy

Alexa can tell you the weather. Siri knows a few jokes. In China, voice-computing company iFlytek built similar smart assistants beloved by users. But its tech is also helping the government listen in.


by Mara Hvistendahl in Backchannel
April 21, 2020

One Woman’s Instagram-Fueled Ascent to ‘Boss Lady Status’

For New Orleans entrepreneur Jesseca Dupart, social media isn’t just a tool for building her business—it’s a platform for inspiring other black women to do the same. 


by David Sax in Backchannel