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When Wired reporter Andy Greenberg read Newsweek's cover story claiming to have found mysterious Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, he was disappointed. Not so much that the mystery had been solved, but that the answer to the search was not all that interesting. But then, as the Newsweek started getting picked apart, he got a tip about another possible Bitcoin creator: a very ill, very brilliant cryptographer named Hal Finney.
Andy Greenberg is the author of This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information.
Donate to Hal Finney's care here.
Some companies are using video games as a way to evaluate potential employees. It allows them to monitor the "micro-behaviors" of candidates during game play.
Many agree that technology can and should simplify the electoral process in this country. But in practice, what will the future of voting in America look like?
Some in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street are scratching their heads, worrying that the tech economy has re-entered the boom-and-bust era of the late 1990s.
The FCC proposed new rules that would leave the concept of net neutrality all but dead. David Carr, media columnist and culture reporter for the New York Times and Nancy Scola, a reporter who covers the intersections of technology, politics, and policy for publications like Reuters, the Washingtonian, and theAtlantic.com, discuss this and the case Aereo is making before the Supreme Court.
When the city's police department asked Twitter users to post pictures of themselves with officers — and instead of posting smiling tourist pictures, users tweeted out photos of police officers tussling with protesters — Bed-Stuy residents weren't surprised.
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Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Vanity Fair contributing editor Paul Goldberger talks about the new very tall, very thin residential towers that are being built in Midtown Manhattan. Jason Padgett explains how he became a mathematical genius after he was hit over the head during a mugging. We’ll look at which children’s bedtime books you remember from your childhood and which ones you enjoy sharing with your own kids. We'll find out how Internet bots work and whether mushrooms can help with anxiety.
Internet bots are bits of code that run automated tasks online, often sending you spam links on social media. They're becoming increasingly sophisticated and are even being used by some governments and major corporations to shape public opinion. Nick Bilton, a reporter for the New York Times and lead writer of the Bits Blog, explains how these bots work and how they're being used.
One lawmaker believes Congress should spend less time in D.C. He's come up with a proposal that would grant Congress the power to vote on legislation and attend committee meetings remotely.