Category: Business

January 22, 2021

The Art and Science of Boarding an Airplane in a Pandemic

Researchers and airlines that obsessed over efficiency have spent the past year worrying about safety too.


by Aarian Marshall in Business
January 21, 2021

Alphabet Is Grounding Loon—but Won't Call It a Failure

Plus: The moonshot’s launch, health care for the maskless, and a new era’s inaugural meme.


by Steven Levy in Business
January 21, 2021

Facebook's Oversight Board to Decide on Trump Ban

Facebook has to decide whether to give the ex-president his bullhorn back. It won’t make that call itself.


by Steven Levy in Business
January 21, 2021

This Chinese Lab Is Aiming for Big AI Breakthroughs

China produces as many artificial intelligence researchers as the US, but it lags in key fields like machine learning. The government hopes to make up ground.


by Will Knight in Business
January 20, 2021

Palantir’s God’s-Eye View of Afghanistan

The company’s software can sift through enormous amounts of data, and those metrics can be used to make life-or-death decisions.


by Annie Jacobsen in Book Excerpt
January 15, 2021

Facebook Can’t Fix What It Won’t Admit To

Plus: Zuckerberg’s community manifesto, how to hold platforms accountable, and an accidental admission in Congress.


by Steven Levy in Business
January 15, 2021

AI-Powered Text From This Program Could Fool the Government

A Harvard medical student submitted auto-generated comments to Medicaid; volunteers couldn’t distinguish them from those penned by humans.


by Will Knight in Business
January 14, 2021

An Algorithm Is Helping a Community Detect Lead Pipes

The model had shown promise in Flint before officials rebelled. Now Toledo is using it, while incorporating more public input.


by Sidney Fussell in Business
January 14, 2021

The Local Politics of Airbnb’s Ban on DC Rentals

Residents and city officials traumatized by last week’s unrest fear a repeat for Biden’s inauguration.


by Aarian Marshall in Business
January 13, 2021

The Parler Bans Open a New Front in the ‘Free Speech’ Wars

Apple, Google, and Amazon booted the site from their own platforms. But who moderates the moderators?


by Gilad Edelman in Business