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Hi, Robot: Adults, Children And The Uncanny Valley

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:05:00 -0500

Guest bloggers Henry Wellman and Kimberly Brink reflect on their new study shedding light on how adults, older children and young children perceive human-like robots — and what the future might hold.

We LYLAS, But It's Time To Say TTFN As AOL Instant Messanger Signs Off For Good

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

AOL instant messenger signed off for the final time this morning — 20 years after changing online communication.

Jamie Bartlett: What Goes On In The Secrecy Of The Dark Web?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:37:16 -0500

When journalist Jamie Bartlett dove into the secret, hidden part of the Internet known as the Dark Web, he was surprised by what he found lurking there.

Theo E.J. Wilson: What Happens When A Black Man Goes Undercover In The Alt-Right?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:37:16 -0500

Youtube activist Theo E.J. Wilson wondered about the people posting racist comments on his videos, and where they were getting their facts. So he adopted a pseudonym and joined their conversation.

SoundCloud's New Leader Is Focused On The Fundamentals

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:03:00 -0500

Kerry Trainor, who replaced co-founder Alex Ljung as CEO in August, tells NPR that SoundCloud is not trying to compete with Spotify, saying creators are his main focus.

What Trump's Most Retweeted Tweet In 2017 Says About The Past Year

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

All Things Considered is continuing to look at the past year in a series called "Highly Specific Superlatives." On Wednesday, we look at the most retweeted Trump tweet and what this single missive says about the 2017.

'I Came, I Saw, I Selfied': How Instagram Transformed The Way We Experience Art

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:07:00 -0500

Immersive exhibits, such as "Infinity Mirrors" and Artechouse, are driving people to museums in search of the perfect snapshot. The craze is changing the way we experience art in the Instagram-era.

Middle School Student Keaton Jones Exposes Bullies, And Wins Fans For His Courage

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:13:00 -0500

Keaton Jones' story spread online and across the nation, with his sister, Lakyn Jones, acting as his representative and fielding thousands of offers of support.

Bitcoin Futures Surge In First Day Of Trading

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:09:00 -0500

January contracts for the skyrocketing digital currency opened at just under $15,500 on Sunday and had spiked to more than $18,000 hours later.

Crowdfunding For French Castles

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:26 -0500

You too can own a French chateau, in part, anyway. Romain Delaume, CEO of Dartagnans, tells NPR's Scott Simon about a crowdfunding effort underway to preserve La Mothe-Chandeniers.

How A Virtual Friendship Turned IRL

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:17:00 -0500

A 22-year-old rapper from Harlem formed a bond with an 81-year-old woman over the game "Words with Friends." So, they decided to finally meet.

The First Text Message Celebrates 25 Years

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:41:00 -0500

The first text message was transmitted Dec. 3, 1992. Engineer Neil Papworth typed "merry Christmas" on a computer and sent the first SMS message to the cellphone of Vodafone director Richard Jarvis.

What This Picture Of Beyoncé Tells Us About How Generation Z Connects

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:17:00 -0500

Why talk when you can say it with an emoji or a GIF? "Instead of me telling someone how good I look, I can just send them a picture of Beyoncé in a queen's outfit," Youth Radio's Robert Fisher says.

Trump Retweeted A Racist Group, But How Did He Find Its Videos?

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 05:00:02 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon muses on President Trump's decision this week to share racist, ultranationalist videos with his Twitter followers.

Experts Say Facebook's Latest Attempt To Stop Fake News Isn't Foolproof

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:35:00 -0500

Facebook says it has an edge in fighting back against influence campaigns like the one Russia waged against the U.S. in 2016. The company says it requires users' real names, but an NPR reporter tested it and signed up for an account under a fake name in about 1 minute. Experts say that feature is not a silver bullet.