Bill Gates on who should use your data

From Quartz. Bill Gates on how we should use data and when to worry about privacy. Gates believes there is an upside to making your data public. Gates was interviewed by Quartz in 2019. — Quartz is a digital news outlet dedicated to telling stories at the intersection of the important and the interesting. Visit…

How Bill Gates remembers what he reads

From Quartz. Bill Gates is a voracious reader. In conversation with him, it’s striking how frequently he cites things he’s read. So he doesn’t just read a lot of books, but he remembers what he reads as well. We recently asked Gates how he does it, and he has a very specific approach, as you…

Should This Exist? – A new podcast [TRAILER]

From Quartz. Quartz is excited to be launching a new podcast Should This Exist? in partnership with WaitWhat. Hosted by Caterina Fake, each episode will feature expert guests who will help inventors think through the human side of their new technologies. With thoughtful discussion, a diverse range of voices, and fascinating tech inventions, Should This…

Esports players are training like professional athletes

From Quartz. Esports players train like traditional professional athletes with regular gym visits, performance coaching, and a nutritionist-designed diet. CompLexity, an esports franchise, is developing training that borrows straight from the books of professional football players – and there’s a reason for that. As more money pours into esports, what it means to train like…

Why some hurricanes are most deadly after the storm

From Quartz. Over a year since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and we’ve put together the most extensive record yet showing who died and why. The data holds lessons that could save lives when the next hurricane strikes. Quartz investigated the hurricane’s death toll in collaboration with Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism and the…

How to name a product, from the man behind Swiffer and BlackBerry

From Quartz. Have you ever wondered how products get their names? Swiffer, BlackBerry, Febreze, Dibs, Dasani– all these brands have one thing in common. They are products named by a small firm in Sausalito, California, called Lexicon Branding. The firm, founded by David Placek, has invested heavily in an area of linguistics called “sound symbolism,”…

Puerto Rico’s solar energy insurrection

From Quartz. At the end of the hurricane season in 2017, Hurricane Maria completely wiped out Puerto Rico’s decaying energy grid. But the destruction has provided the rare opportunity to radically transform the island’s electrical system into one of the most advanced the world has ever seen: the power grid of the future. Quartz explores…

Meet the biohacker using CRISPR to teach everyone gene editing

From Quartz. Meet the biohacker who wants to teach everyone how to edit genes Josiah Zayner is a biohacker who thinks everyone should be able to change their DNA with biotechnology called CRISPR. That’s why he founded a company called The ODIN, which sells do-it-yourself biotech kits that teach people how to genetically modify bacteria…

The Icelandic Language “digital extinction” ?

From Quartz. In a world dominated by English-language products and technology, Iceland and its people are fighting to keep their Icelandic language learning relevant. Most digital devices only work in a handful of languages, for Icelandic to remain relevant online — Big tech needs to be on board and Iceland needs a vocabulary that evolves…

The future of factory-made bread can be tasty

From Quartz. Nicolas Bernadi’s bread factory runs 24 hours a day, churning out organic bread, croissants, quiches—many destined for bakeries across San Francisco or the shelves at Costco. His goal is simple: scaling high-quality baked goods without ingredients that read like a long chemistry list. Healthy bread making at a large scale production. — Quartz…

China’s ‘soft power’ in Kenya

From Quartz. In Kenya, China is everywhere. And with Mandarin schools and massive infrastructure projects, China’s trying to grow its “soft power” throughout Africa. But can China convince Africans to love it? — Quartz is a digital news outlet dedicated to telling stories at the intersection of the important and the interesting. Visit us at…

Shrimp made from algae that looks and tastes like the real thing

From Quartz. Shrimp, the United States’ most popular seafood, is notorious for being farmed using practices that destroy the environment. New Wave Foods, a startup based in San Francisco, has set out to create a sustainable replacement. The key ingredient in its “shrimp”, which is actually 100% vegetarian, is algae, a plant that is already found in…