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Google Glass and the Golden Age of Creepshots

The early criticism of Google Glass—that it's for arseholes, that it will lead to a dystopian Panoptican nightmare—is mostly well-founded. But what everyone has glossed over in their opening salvos is, I think, the most immediate and obvious problem Google Glass will precipitate: Once these things stop being a rich-guy novelty and start actually hitting the streets, the rise in creepshots is going to be worse than any we've ever seen before. Read More >>

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Tim Tebow's Press Conference Sucked, or Why the Celebrity Headphone Trend Is Idiotic

At the end of December, a PR agency representing Tim Tebow's new signature line of Soul brand headphones—model number SL300, £225 retail—emailed us to invite us to a CES event at which Tebow himself would be showcasing his headphones and "speaking with the media." The event was total bullshit. Just like celebrity headphones. Read More >>

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Why You Shouldn't Be Too Quick to Cheer Self-Driving Cars

One of the clear automotive technology trends at CES this year is cars that drive themselves. From Audi to Lexus to Ford, the world's largest car companies are beginning to follow Google's lead in an effort to produce cars smart enough to drive themselves. Read More >>

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Well, That's Insulting: This Technology Wants You to Read Less

Time was "tl;dr" was the battle cry of lazy internet jackasses, people with no attention span who nevertheless found the energy and wherewithal to complain about the length of any digital piece of writing that dared to be longer than a few sentences. This week, at CES, tl;dr is an irritating new "innovation." Read More >>

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How a Robot Will Steal Your Job

On a visit to Standard Motor Products' fuel-injector assembly line in South Carolina, Atlantic writer Adam Davidson asked why a worker there, Maddie, was welding caps onto the injectors herself. Why not use a machine? That's how a lot of the factory's other tasks were performed. Maddie's supervisor, Tony, had a bracing, direct answer: "Maddie is cheaper than a machine." Read More >>

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11 Hours of Hell: The Time I Was a Steve Jobs Movie Extra

The night before I'm supposed to pose as an extra in Jobs, the first biopic to begin filming in the wake of Apple icon Steve Jobs' untimely 2011 death, I stay out until 2 in the morning. When I order a big bottle of Spanish cider at 1:15, five hours before my alarm is set to go off, and five hours and 45 minutes before I'm supposed to be on set, I justify it by remembering how Jobs spoke often and openly about his "important" experiences with recreational drugs. "Steve would have wanted it this way," I think, pouring myself another glass of the cloudy cider and starting in on another story. Read More >>

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It Is Almost Impossible to Create Fake Meat

Scientists worldwide have worked for years to come up with a convincing meat substitute. Whether it's farmed with soy or synthesised from stem cells, if it tastes real, it will change the world. But not even a £640,000 prize has been enough to make it happen — on Wednesday, with less than a week to spare, the deadline for a PETA-sponsored contest to create in vitro meat was extended until 2013. What's the problem? Read More >>

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