Emerging Tech

China’s new robotic submarine doesn’t just chase typhoons, it dives into them

Siping Zheng It might sound like something out of a techno-thriller, but it’s not: Scientists in China really have developed an unmanned submarine that is designed to travel into potentially deadly typhoons and other extreme weather types and fire off weather-monitoring rockets. One of these “rocketsondes,” designed to perform weather analysis in situations that would […]

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Corner Office: Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems’

ImageSundar Pichai, CEO of Google, last week.CreditCreditErik Tanner for The New York Times SectionsSkip to contentSkip to site index corner office Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems’ Growing up in India, he slept on the floor of a house without a refrigerator. Today, the chief executive is steering Google through the most […]


Video: What First Man does and doesn’t say about Neil Armstrong

[embedded content] What First Man tells you about Neil Armstrong—and what it doesn’t. Video shot and edited by Justin Wolfson. (Transcript available) Welcome to “The Unbearable Critic,” a new video series we’re trying out. In it, our intrepid culture reporter and person-with-lots-of-opinions Sam Machkovech applies his critical eye to movies, books, TV, and anything else […]

Gears & Gadgets

Google wants to get rid of URLs but doesn’t know what to use instead

Enlarge / This is how a Chrome 57 displays https://www.xn--80ak6aa92e.com/. Note the https://www.apple.com in the address bar. Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), the online addresses that make up such an important part of the Web and browsers we use, are problematic things. Their complex structure is routinely exploited by bad actors who create phishing sites that […]


Nvidia ‘more than happy to help’ if Tesla’s self-driving chip doesn’t pan out

CEOs from Tesla and Nvidia spoke during their respective second-quarter 2018 earnings calls about new autonomous-driving artificial intelligence chips for the next generation of Autopilot in Tesla cars. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang was asked about Tesla’s previously announced plan to switch to in-house A.I. chips, which are still in development. Huang spoke first about Nvidia’s […]