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People Are Starting to Realize How Voice Assistants Actually Work

The secrecy surrounding AI products makes even basic information about them a scandal.

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America Has Never Been So Desperate for Tomato Season

A mundane joy in a season fraught with despair

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Paul Spella

Why Washing Machines Are Learning to Play the Harp

Appliance makers believe more and better chimes, alerts, and jingles make for happier customers. Are they right?

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Twinfluencers Are Taking Over the Internet

Why so many famous YouTubers and Instagram stars are twins