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Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Technology channel. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. The New York Observer calls Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti. He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press). Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.
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Southwest Florida's Electrical Grid Will Need a 'Wholesale Rebuild'

September 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hurricane Irma slammed the west coast of Florida on Sunday, making landfall first in the Keys and then at Marco Island, 15 miles south of Naples. Since then, it’s been making its way northward, visiting destruction on the state as it weakens. As the storm progressed through Florida, it knocked...

What We Don't Know About What Facebook Knows

September 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook claims it can reach more young people in the United States with advertisements than are actually alive, according to a new report. Last week, a trade magazine in Australia looked at the “reach” statistics that Facebook gave for that country, and found that the company estimated it could reach...

Inside Waymo's Secret World for Training Self-Driving Cars

August 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a corner of Alphabet’s campus, there is a team working on a piece of software that may be the key to self-driving cars. No journalist has ever seen it in action until now. They call it Carcraft, after the popular game World of Warcraft. The software’s creator, a shaggy-haired,...

Would You Doxx a Nazi?

August 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After Charlottesville, white supremacists’ physical and digital presences—and the tactics used to combat them—are under renewed scrutiny. There have been attempts, most prominently by Logan Smith, who runs the Twitter account Yes, You’re Racist, to tack real names and identities onto the pictures of people who showed up to rally...

DARPA's Ex-Leader's Speculative Dream of Mind-Melding Empathy

June 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The former head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arati Prabhakar, has a dream. It’s a civilian utopian neuroscience dream that’s kind of the inverse of the scenarios the far-out research wing of the military normally develops. In a presentation at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is co-hosted by...

A Silicon Valley Congressman Takes On Amazon

June 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Amazon announced last week it intended to acquire the upscale grocery chain Whole Foods, it sent shockwaves through the grocery industry. Other grocers’ share prices plummeted. Analysts predicted Amazon would become a “top five” grocer within a few years. Synergies were imagined. Within all the business chatter, however, a...

If Google Teaches an AI to Draw, Will That Help It Think?

June 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine someone told you to draw a pig and a truck. Maybe you’d sketch this: ​ Easy enough. But then, imagine you were asked to draw a pig truck. You, a human, would intuitively understand how to mix the salient features of the two objects, and maybe you’d come up...

The Mysterious Printer Code That May Have Led the FBI to the Alleged NSA Leaker

June 7, 2017 Across the computer security world yesterday, heads were shaking. The FBI filed a criminal complaint against Reality Winner, an NSA contractor, who the agency alleges stole classified documents and shared them with an “online news outlet” believed to be The Intercept. Because the documents in question appear to have been...

How Apple Sees the Near Future

June 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Without once saying the words “artificial intelligence,” a stream of Apple executives described a vision of the near future in which Siri, the company’s AI avatar, stitches together the company’s many hardware products. And they introduced a new—and widely anticipated—entry into their lineup: a $349 cylindrical voice-controlled speaker they call...

Is Facebook Doomed?

November 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook has won this round of the Internet. Steadily, grindingly, it continues to take an ever greater share of our time and attention online. More than 800 million people use the site on an average day. Individuals are dependent on it to keep up not just with their friends but...