The story behind promoted tweets and how they helped the company insert relevant content in user's timelines and eventually bought revenue to the company. Twitter's ads are unique, because if they go viral, the activity ends up being free. A great long read.
Following last week's post on the coming freight train that is artificial intelligence. This second piece in the series looks at how quickly the technology would dwarf us in intelligence and how hard it is to know what that looks like or when it'll happen. It's actually fairly scary, but also incredibly exciting.
Some prisoners are learning to build websites, but have never used the internet before. These people's only exposure to the internet is what they've seen on TV and the transition out of prison into the 21st century can be a shock to the system. Many have never sent an email or seen a smartphone, so don't know how to perform the most mundane of tasks.
Because virtual reality technology like Oculus Rift puts you in the first-person view with video content and makes you witness to what's going on in lifelike circumstances, it's an incredible tool for making people empathetic to others' circumstances. This report from Sundance Film Festival is a great insight into how VR can be a tool for good.
A great read on those white plastic chairs that you've probably never thought about at length but are basically everywhere in the world and have been for decades.