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September 24, 2021

A New Book Chronicles the Art of the Thiel

Plus: Inside an early Facebook funding meeting, how units of measurement got so messed up, and a mission for mankind.


by Steven Levy in Business
September 17, 2021

It’s Time to Talk About Facebook Research

Plus: Adam Mosseri on News Feeds, remote drivers for cars, and a pickle for Greenland.


by Steven Levy in Business
September 10, 2021

Can AI—and a Personal Assistant—Cure Burnout for Moms?

Plus: Nest’s original vision, a vaccine-weary public, and catastrophic business as usual.


by Steven Levy in Business
August 27, 2021

The Architects of the Metaverse Need to Read the Virtual Room

Plus: Ten years of Apple without Steve Jobs, thoughts on the Apple Watch, and a baby bird’s worst nightmare.


by Lauren Goode in Business
August 20, 2021

Can Tech Ethics Be Learned—or Is Society Doomed?

Plus: An anniversary for Marc Andreessen, a new way to have even more meetings, and a call for an unlikely comeback.


by Lauren Goode in Business
August 13, 2021

OpenAI's Codex Makes Coding As Easy As Talking to a Smart Speaker

Plus: The early days of programming, an existential investigation, and bipartisanship before our very eyes.


by Steven Levy in Business
August 6, 2021

The SMART Health Card Is Not a Vaccine Passport—Kinda

Plus: The man behind the cryptographic technique, the danger in calculating risks, and fries worth a small fortune.


by Steven Levy in Business
July 30, 2021

The World Is Suffering from Champlain Towers South Syndrome

Plus: Round one with Mark Zuckerberg, the appointment of Lina Khan, and a new type of weather nightmare.


by Steven Levy in Business
July 23, 2021

The FAA Brings Jeff Bezos Back Down to Earth

Plus: New Shepard’s dildo design, my seat on a private space flight, and the hearing that broke Fauci.


by Steven Levy in Business
July 16, 2021

The Rocket Billionaire Who Hated Space Tourism

Plus: a lifelong love of the cosmos, future dispatches from West Texas, and routinely unprecedented weather events.


by Steven Levy in Business