What We Found on the Web: Partying with Hackers, Driverless Cars and Poetic Computers

August 10, 2015
August 10, 2015 Full Contact

We pulled together some of the most interesting articles we’ve read recently – and included the quotes that got us talking the most.

How Driverless Cars Could Turn Parking Lots Into City Parks
From City Lab

 A group called Transportation Alternatives studied the flow of cars around one Brooklyn neighborhood, Park Slope, and found that 64 percent of the local cars were searching for a place to park. It’s not just the inner core of cities either. Many cars in suburban downtowns and shopping-mall parking lots do the same thing.

Nike Is Partying In Vegas With Hackers
From The Washington Post

This wasn’t a lavish party for the launch of Nike’s latest sneaker. It was a recruiting event for hackers and cybersecurity researchers.

Recent cyber incidents, particularly the Sony hack, have woken up corporate boards to the importance of cybersecurity, said Facebook’s new chief security officer, Alex Stamos. “A bunch of companies that never thought they played in the big leagues [of cybersecurity] have all the sudden realized that they are,” he said.

Shall I Compare Thee To An Algorithm? Turing Test Gets A Creative Twist
From NPR

A machine with superhuman intelligence is a staple of science fiction. But what about a machine with just ordinary human intelligence? A machine that’s so human-like in its behavior that you can’t tell if it’s a computer acting like a human, or a real human?

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