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Mark Harris
Works at Freelance - Sunday Times, The Economist, The Guardian, Stuff, E&T, IEEE Spectrum, Flipside
Lives in Seattle, Washington, USA
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Here's my first story for Nautilus, about scientists on the fringe who hope to predict earthquakes....
http://nautil.us/issue/38/noise/the-last-of-the-earthquake-predictors
In late winter of 1975, a seismologist named Cao Xianqing tracked a series of small earthquakes near Haicheng, China, which he took…
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My long read on the present and future of crowdsourcing and automation, published in Backchannel with the support of the McGraw Center for Business Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
https://backchannel.com/its-not-just-robots-skilled-jobs-are-going-to-meatware-954adf770710#.kwql2x9pn
Inside the economy of on-demand crowd-workers displacing professionals, for cheap
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Two new stories today - one explaining why virtual assistants like Amazon Echo and Apple Siri are probably breaking a children's privacy law in the US.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/26/amazon-echo-virtual-assistant-child-privacy-law?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
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The growing autonomous EV empire of internet billionaire Jia Yueting
http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/self-driving/jia-yuetings-sprawling-robocar-empire
Owner of Faraday Future, investor in Atieva, and partner of Aston Martin unveils flashy LeEco car in Beijing
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My latest EV scoop for The Guardian: management shift at Atieva, BAIC pulls out, and possibly the Faraday Future owner Jia Yueting moves in....
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/20/faraday-futures-owner-rival-electric-car-startup-atieva-jia-yueting
Mysterious Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting has a stake in both car firms. But after internal dissent and the departure of the co-founder, what’s the future for Atieva?
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My latest exclusive for IEEE Spectrum: a stealthy startup called Higher Ground that wants to turn smartphones into satellite phones with a messaging accessory called SatPaq, and the telecoms companies that are fighting it. http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/wireless/could-satellite-messaging-startup-higher-ground-bring-down-the-911-system
New SatPaq device that turns smartphones into satphones has communication giants worried
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My latest for The Guardian: a California lawmaker who has received $6000 from Google is proposing new self-driving car rules that would allow Google (and others) to test cars without human safety drivers. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/25/california-self-driving-car-bill-google
Mike Gatto, who has received thousands of dollars in donations from Google and Ford, proposed one of two bills that would relax state rules for automated cars
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My latest for Scientific American: how genes from salt-tolerant halophytes could mean a revolution for farming [paywall]
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cropland-lost-to-saltwater-could-be-rescued-by-rice-with-salt-tolerant-genes/
Farmland is being ruined by salty water. Rice and fruits, genetically modified to survive salt, could feed millions
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The other is a feature about my trip into the Olympics National Park to talk with NASA scientists using mules to help test their cutting edge new weather satellite.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/satellites/why-did-the-mule-climb-the-mountain-because-nasa-said-so
NASA's Olympex mission vets the GPM weather satellite—with a little help from humble beasts of burden
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Yesterday, I listened to some very smart people talk about regulating AI
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601563/what-to-do-when-a-robot-is-the-guilty-party/
The Obama administration is vowing not to get left behind in the rush to artificial intelligence, but determining how to regulate it isn’t easy.
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My latest for The Economist is on the race to build "high definition" maps for autonomous vehicles (and, yes, possibly delivery drones too). http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21696925-building-highly-detailed-maps-robotic-vehicles-autonomous-cars-reality
Building highly detailed maps for robotic vehicles
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