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This tool erases web page text to reveal hidden poetry

Since TNW is a news site, we produce a lot of written text. For the most part that’s all valuable and relevant, but since I look at these walls of text for 40 hours a week, there are moments where they become overwhelming and stifling. I mean, just how much can you read about the exhilarating tech world every day? Luckily enough, I found the antidote to this textual stuffiness in a piece of computational art.  While looking into Nick Montfort’s portfolio of work, I discovered an excellent tool/a...
Tags: Startups, Creative, Nick Montfort, TNW Answers


Algorithm researcher says ‘lying on YouTube is still a profitable business’

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  YouTube, which has more than a billion users who watch over a billion hours of content per day, shows us limited data on the videos uploaded to the site including its number of views, likes, and dislikes — but the video-streaming site hides more in-depth stats about each video, like how often it recommends a video to other peopl...
Tags: Startups, Youtube, Tech, TNW, Guillaume Chaslot, TNW Answers


TikTok’s learning from YouTube’s mistakes and YouTubers should be taken seriously, says researcher

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  Over the past couple of years, YouTube has found itself fighting a whole range of issues. From failing to regulate problematic videos, to facing the pressures of regulating toxic comments and hate speech, and recommending troubling videos on its homepage to its users. Earlier this week, Chris-Stokel Walker, the author of YouTube...
Tags: Startups, Youtube, Social Media, TNW, TNW Answers, Chris Stokel Walker


Defining humanlike intelligence and entrusting it with our lives, explained by an AI researcher

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  Yesterday, Melanie Mitchell, the author of ‘Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans’ and the Davis Professor of Complexity at the Santa Fe Institute, hosted a TNW Answers session where she spoke about how much we should really trust AI, her worries surrounding the technology, and defining humanlike intelligence in m...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, TNW, Gary Kasparov, Santa Fe Institute, Melanie Mitchell, Neural, TNW Answers


How to stop bias from creeping into the recruitment process, a diversity expert explains

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  A lack of diversity is one of the biggest problems the tech industry faces, despite a significant growth in the number of women working in the tech industry, female representation has stalled over the last decade. Currently, just 18% of leadership roles are filled by women, and the stats are even bleaker for women of color. Rese...
Tags: Startups, Tech, TNW, TNW Answers


How to break up with your phone, explained by a phone addiction researcher

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  On average, people spend four hours on their phone every day, we’re addicted to our phones, but it’s not all our fault. Apps are designed to manipulate our brain chemistry to make us stay on their platform for as long as possible because that’s what benefits their bottom line. Everything you see in an app is a result of a human ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, TNW, TNW Answers


TNW Answers: What we learned from online propaganda expert, Samuel Woolley

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour. Social media, a tool created to guard freedom of speech and democracy, has increasingly been used in more sinister ways. From its role in amplifying political disinformation in elections, to inciting online violence, and lowering the levels of trust in media — Facebook isn’t just a space to share “what’s on your mind,” and you’d ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Artificial Intelligence, TNW, Insider, Samuel Woolley, TNW Answers


Meet Karen Wickre, the editor who helped Twitter and Google find their voice

We often think of tech companies as faceless platforms; social networks where we imprint our personalities, empty documents we fill, and conduits for communicating. But tech giants do have their own voices, carefully crafted by editors, designers, and product developers. Karen Wickre is one such editor, and she’s helped define the voices of some of the most important tech companies on the planet. Back in 1994, Wickre was publishing some of the earliest guides to the world wide web — for some per...
Tags: Google, Startups, Twitter, Social Media, Karen Wickre, Wickre, TNW Answers


Seriously, what’s growth hacking?

There are lots of buzzwords out there — so many that it’s pretty easy to make up new ones and get others to start using them. Next time you’re introducing yourself to someone, just say you work as a Responsive Synergy Disruptor, and see their jaws drop in awe. One of the most common terms, which is also one of the most sought after skills for employers, is growth hacking. But is it all bullshit? Growth hacking is essentially a form of marketing driven by empiricism and data. Lots of data. Growth...
Tags: Startups, Business, TNW Answers


Tumblr’s Head of Culture and Fashion shares the platform’s most curious subcultures

Valentine Uhovski started his career as an editor and journalist, and has written for the likes of The Wall Street Journal and Interview Russia. He’s now in his eighth year manning the helm of Tumblr‘s Culture and Fashion verticals. Since joining, he’s helped to foster and shape Tumblr‘s community of millions of creators worldwide and has worked with countless big name brands, designers, and artists to build their Tumblr presence. Uhovski wound up on the social platform by accident, he told Ad A...
Tags: Startups, Russia, Creative, Social Media, Creativity, Tumblr, Wall Street Journal, Uhovski, Distract, TNW Answers, Valentine Uhovski


‘Pay parity has worsened’ – especially for women of color in tech

A persistent gender-based wage gap continues to set women back in tech. While diversity and inclusion has made revolutionary strides in tech for white women, the picture is still dismal for women of color — for every dollar a man makes, a black woman makes 61 cents, while a white woman makes 81 cents. Currently, women make up only nine percent of IT leaders around the world. The figure has barely changed in the past few years despite one third of organizations claiming to have implemented divers...
Tags: Startups, TNW Answers, AnitaB


NPR’s Invisibilia podcast deals with the invisible forces that shape who we are

Earlier this month, Invisibilia celebrated its fifth birthday. As one of NPR‘s most popular podcasts, it deals with the invisible forces behind why we do what we do, think what we think, feel how we feel, and believe what we believe. And despite tackling serious topics — its newest season promises to be an “emotional survival guide,” and its first episode focuses on pain — the tone remains light, as its two hosts, Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin, share their genuine fascination with the brain and i...
Tags: Startups, Science, Npr, Hanna Rosin, Invisibilia, Alix Spiegel, TNW Answers


‘Broad Band’ is the best book we’ve read on women in computing

To those unfamiliar with computing history, the world’s first general-purpose computer was the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer). Made public in 1946, this 30-ton “giant brain” had a military purpose — it was created to help the US Army calculate artillery fire. The ENIAC was operated by six programmers — Kay McNulty, Betty Jennings, Betty Snyder, Marlyn Meltzer, Fran Bilas, and Ruth Lichterman. Handpicked from University of Pennsylvania’s engineering school, these six women w...
Tags: Startups, Tech, University of Pennsylvania, US Army, TNW Answers, Ruth Lichterman


Ask TNW’s founders ANYTHING about our Financial Times deal

By now, you might have heard the news that TNW has sold a majority stake to the — and we don’t use this word lightly — venerable Financial Times. For us, it’s an honor and a tremendous vote of confidence in our business. Yesterday we put out a press release that announced the news and gave some basic details on the reasons and strategy behind it. That’s nice, but we’re also a publisher with multiple ways of disseminating information. One of those ways is our very own  TNW Answers, a platform for...
Tags: Startups, Insights, Tech, Financial Times, TNW Answers


Here are the 11 female-led podcasts you should be listening to

According to a report by PwC, podcasts made well over $600 million in 2018 — and the golden age is yet to come. PwC further projects the industry‘s revenue will move past the nine-figure benchmark by 2022. As with any promisingly lucrative industry, it’s both interesting and important to see who will take the biggest piece of the pie. One hopes that with emerging technologies and media, the playing field is level, and people from all backgrounds will have the opportunity to break in and fill spa...
Tags: Startups, Creative, Creativity, Distract, TNW Answers


How Google’s Jigsaw think tank is fighting radicalization online

Jigsaw — a tech incubator created by Google — is one of the most important projects working towards countering cyber attacks, censorship, and online extremism. Using AI and machine learning, Jigsaw is tackling political challenges with technology, not policy. One of their most recent projects is the security app Intra, which protects its users from government censorship by passing all browsing queries and traffic through an encrypted connection to a trusted DNS (Domain Name Server). The app has ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Politics, World, Artificial Intelligence, Venezuela, Patricia, Jigsaw, TNW Answers


How Alphabet’s Jigsaw think tank is fighting radicalization online

Jigsaw — a unit within Alphabet — is one of the most important projects working towards countering cyber attacks, censorship, and online extremism. Using AI and machine learning, Jigsaw is tackling political challenges with technology, not policy. One of their most recent projects is the security app Intra, which protects its users from government censorship by passing all browsing queries and traffic through an encrypted connection to a trusted DNS (Domain Name Server). The app has been a succe...
Tags: Startups, Politics, World, Artificial Intelligence, Venezuela, Jigsaw, TNW Answers, Patricia Georgiou Jigsaw


Meet the man archiving the internet

Back in 1996 when the internet was primitive, a couple of San Francisco-based engineers were looking to solve the problem of saving websites from vanishing after they were altered or shut down. They founded the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library. The purpose of the Internet Archive was to… archive the internet. In 2001, this preserved World Wide Web collection was made available to the public via the Wayback Machine, whose simple mission was to bring “Universal Access to All Knowledge...
Tags: Startups, San Francisco, World, Wayback Machine, Mark Graham, The Wayback Machine, TNW Answers


Venture capital is really male and really really white — Arlan Hamilton wants to fix it

Arlan Hamilton, CEO and founder of Backstage Capital, wants to see more color in venture capital. Backstage focuses on “investing in underestimated founders,” making Hamilton one of the few pushing for change in VC. Her story is fascinating, and has touched many — Arlan was homeless only three years ago, and had no formal education or experience in finance. To date, Backstage Capital has invested more than $4M in 100 companies all with at least one founder who is a woman, person of color, or LGB...
Tags: Startups, Money, Hamilton, Arlan, Backstage, Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital, TNW Answers


Celebrities accused of harassment won’t be forgotten, thanks to this Chrome extension

Back in October 2017, Tarana Burke’s #MeToo went viral, empowering women and survivors of sexual harassment and abuse all over the world. The hashtag welcomed a new era of feminist activism, allowing survivors across the globe to share their stories and experiences. Many other projects seeking to share information regarding abuse have sprouted up since. One such project is “Uncover Harassers,” a Google Chrome plugin created by Sarim Haque. Once installed, the extension automatically finds and hi...
Tags: Google, Startups, Tech, Tarana Burke, TNW Answers, Sarim Haque


4 entrepreneurs share how they define success

What does success mean? For some, it means creating an app that finally works or funding their dream project. For others, it could be getting their work-life balance right or giving back to their community. For such a simple question, there are an endless number of answers. We’re incredibly privileged to have TNW Answers, a platform where we can interview and give a platform to leaders and disruptors from across the science and tech industries. This year, we’ve had 30 TNW Answers sessions on our...
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8 disruptors weigh in on how to fix tech’s diversity problem

A lack of diversity is one of the biggest problems at the heart of the tech industry, and it’s urgent we fix it. Research has proven time and again that diversity in STEM leads to better teams, better products, and is necessary in allowing women and POC access to some of the highest paying jobs in the world. TNW Answers is our live Q&A platform where we, along with our readers, can interview leaders and disrupters from across STEM industries. This year, we’ve had 30 TNW Answers sessions, hosted ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, TNW Answers


7 industry leaders explain how to punch failure in the throat

You’re not special — everybody fails. The importance lies in how you react to failure, and learning to bounce back after you’re fired, you lose a client, or your high tech sex toy company idea gets shot down. TNW Answers is our live Q&A platform where we and our readers can interview leaders and disrupters from across the STEM industries. This year, we’ve had 30 TNW Answers sessions, hosted by leaders, disruptors, and expert panels from fields including cryptocurrency, beauty tech, cannabis, spa...
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Meet Silicon Valley’s most unlikely venture capitalist

It’s very difficult to find an hour of Arlan Hamilton’s time — besides for running Backstage Capital, a VC firm “investing in underestimated founders,” she’s lately been the subject of countless high-profile interviews and features. Hamilton was featured on the cover of Fast Company‘s October issue, making her the first black woman who is neither an entertainer nor sports figure to do so. She’s also been profiled by Quartz, Inc, Money, and more. Most notably, Hamilton was the star of Startup pod...
Tags: Startups, Money, Tech, Silicon Valley, Hamilton, Arlan Hamilton, TNW Answers, Quartz Inc Money


How to be a tech evangelist

What is an evangelist? The term brings to mind something spiritual, even religious, kind of like a Silicon Valley guru, a la Silicon Valley (the show): But evangelists are much more than that — they’re important parts of companies, and essential in building and communicating their brands. For massive companies that make a diverse array of services and products, such as Adobe, an evangelist is key in guiding Adobe users to make their best work. Jason Levine is the Principal Worldwide Evangelist f...
Tags: Startups, Adobe, Creative, Creativity, Silicon Valley, Jason Levine, TNW Answers


Meet Botnik, the creative collective making viral jokes with machines

“Leathery sheets of rain lashed at Harry’s ghost as he walked across the grounds toward the castle. Ron was standing there and doing a kind of frenzied tap dance. He saw Harry and immediately began to eat Hermione’s family.” “Ron’s Ron shirt was just as bad as Ron himself” No, this isn’t from a demented new Harry Potter sequel — it was created by Botnik Studios, a creative collective of about 30 writers, artists, and developers from all over the world who use machine tools to remix and augment l...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Harry Potter, Harry, Coachella, Hermione, Ron, Botnik Studios, TNW Answers


Meet the 23-year-old engineering detective behind the biggest leaks in tech

You see it all the time — Facebook’s latest feature leaks to the public, and everyone knows about it before Zuckerberg has said a word. But where do these leaks come from? Meet Jane Wong, a 23-year-old studying product engineering at Hong Kong University. Her hobbies include travel, photography… as well as reverse engineering and chasing bug bounties. She’s responsible for some huge scoops from tech giants, including Facebook, Google, and Instagram. Scroll through Wong’s Twitter, and you’ll see ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, Social Media, Tech, Zuckerberg, Design & Dev, Wong, Facebook Google, Gboard, Jane Wong, TNW Answers, Hong Kong University Her, Instagram Scroll


Real-life cyborgs are fighting for their rights with art

Should cyborgs have rights? It’s a question many find ridiculous. “Cyborg,” after all, conjures up a sci-fi humanoid-robot that exists in a far distant dystopia, long after global warming has smoldered our cities to the ground, our polar bears have burnt to a crisp, and Elon Musk’s grandson has emerged from his cryogenic chamber. But cyborgs walk amongst us — and the vast majority of us are not far off from being considered cyborgs ourselves. After all, if our smartphones are glued to our hands,...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, TNW Answers


Meet Aria, the (SFW) face of Pornhub

Branding and communications are tough, no matter what business you’re in. A wrong tweet can sink a ship, so the people running social media face an insane amount of pressure. They’re trusted to project and uphold a company’s values and communicate with the wider world – making them incredibly valuable. This is true of any industry — even the adult film industry. Meet Pornhub Aria, the social media manager, brand ambassador, and “princess of Pornhub.” But no, she *does not do porn.* We’ve had the...
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Beautystack is a glimpse into the future of female-centric tech

Sharmadean Reid will host a TNW Answers session tomorrow (Wednesday, September 5th). You can ask her questions now! When I was a kid, I bit my nails. It wasn’t normal nail biting — it was anxiety biting. I’d chew on them ‘til they bled. My fingers looked like the stump from The Giving Tree — except way more bloody and depressing. My parents tried everything — they taped mittens on my hands, dipped them in vinegar, threatened to execute my goldfish if I didn’t stop (kidding, but it would have bee...
Tags: Startups, Social Media, Tech, Sharmadean Reid, TNW Answers