The $100 Million Content Farm That’s Killing the Internet

Over the past two years, we’ve learned that there isn’t any actu­al mon­e­ti­z­able ‘cul­tur­al val­ue’ in build­ing a con­tent farm with an author­i­ta­tive voice or dom­i­na­tion of a niche area. Instead, it is more impor­tant to chase quan­tifi­able human met­rics by shov­ing low­brow con­tent in front of Face­book users.

The Perfect Birth Control for Men Is Here. Why Can’t We Use It?

It’s been stud­ied in ani­mals and humans for more than 30 years with almost no doc­u­ment­ed com­pli­ca­tions. Known as “the male birth con­trol injec­tion,” an appli­ca­tion called RISUG (Reversible Inhi­bi­tion of Sperm Under Guid­ance) was in​vented in India in the 1970s by Sujoy Guha, a pro­fes­sor of bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing at the Indi­an Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy. It’s afford­able, min­i­mal­ly inva­sive, and ful­ly reversible—and it’s the most effec­tive, non-per­ma­nent way of pre­vent­ing preg­nan­cy (from the sperm side) the world has ever seen, accord­ing to stud­ies so far.

What to think about when you think about hearables

It’s Insta­gram for your ears. It can mute annoy­ing babies. A lot of peo­ple are excit­ed by this, and Here have raised over £600,000 from baby-haters and peo­ple who think the world needs tun­ing on Kick­starter, a vast sum dwarfed by the $17 mil­lion par­ent com­pa­ny Doppler Labs just raised from investors. Every­one thinks Here is great, because none of them have ever used assis­tive hear­ing tech­nol­o­gy.

Open source computer music in the ancient world

The very con­cept of ancient com­put­ers might sound bizarre, and the notion of cen­turies old open source com­put­er music stranger yet, but both rep­re­sent his­tor­i­cal real­i­ties with roots far deep­er than is gen­er­al­ly recog­nised.

On Amish Time

It’s hard not to roman­ti­cize the Amish. Their food is deli­cious. They wear charm­ing out­fits (The bon­nets! The beards! The wide-plack­et shirts!) and they ride around in black, horse-drawn bug­gies with big wag­on wheels that harken back to a sim­pler time. That’s anoth­er thing the tourism brochures say again and again and it’s sort of true.