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Readers harangue harassers and hold forth on creative integrity. • In our AI-themed October issue, Vauhini Vara comes to terms with how GPT-3 helped her write a powerful personal story that went viral, and whether generative AI can, or should, be used as an iterative tool. For the November issue, Lexi Pandell profiled the industrial designer Patricia Moore, who spent years disguised as an elderly woman to better understand the needs of an often overlooked demographic. On the web, Lindsay Jones chronicled a woman’s quest for justice after her images were used in frightening catfishing attempts.
ALL THE FEELS • Therapeutic language is proliferating on social media. No, that’s not a good thing.
P1EAS3 L0G 1N • We should have been free from passwords by now. They’re holding us hostage instead.
GROWTH ENGINEER • Kate Kallot aims to empower Africa’s small-scale farmers with a fertile mix of satellite imagery and crop-health AI.
FOSSIL FUELED • Lego pumps out billions of oil-based plastic bricks a year, and it’s struggling to find an ecofriendly alternative.
IT’S ALWAYS TIKTOK O’CLOCK • People are livestreaming 24/7 on the platform for cash—privacy and burnout be damned.
EYE ON THE UNIVERSE • On a mountain in Chile, the largest digital camera ever meets an astronomically fast telescope.
WISH LIST 2023 • 47 LIT GIFTS FOR ALL THE ENTHUSIASTS, CONNOISSEURS, AND FANATICS IN YOUR CIRCLE.
THE AUDACIOUS GUTS OF JENNIFER DOUDNA • The Crispr pioneer is ready to tackle everything from immune disorders and mental illness to climate change—all by altering the microbiome in the digestive tract.
THE VIOLENT SWEETNESS OF ZACK SNYDER • The director manages to game the system and keep his soul while doing pretty much whatever he wants. Right now that means trying to make his Rebel Moon space opera into a Netflix mega-franchise.
HOW TO CREATE A MONSTER • Amazon, Spotify, Netflix, PayPal, Slack: all blown off the internet for millions of people. Three young hackers built a web-killing super weapon called Mirai. Then they lost control of it. This is their untold story.
UNDER THE RADAR • Palaces. Tombs. Cathedrals. The ruins of the powerful have always stolen the archaeological spotlight. Now scientists have an ambitious plan to dig up the buried history of everyday people—little digging required.
GOLF GOES WILD
There’s Always Another Video • When a San Francisco homeless man attacked a former city official, footage of the onslaught became a rallying cry. Then other footage turned the story inside out. In the age of citizen surveillance, the camera is not your friend.
TURNING THE DIAL, THE SUN FLICKERED. • THE ASSIGNMENT: IN SIX WORDS, WRITE A STORY ABOUT A MYSTERIOUS ALIEN ARTIFACT.