Escape Crappy News Recommendation Algorithms With the Gem App

The internet is a revolving door of recommendations. We see you recently watched Chernobyl; may we recommend another bleak television series? How about a continuously updating playlist of songs based on your listening history? Or a pair of socks to go with those hiking boots in your shopping cart? You gave that Facebook post a thumbs up—would you like to see more posts like that? Not long ago, Henry Boldizsar started to smell something fishy in these algorithms. Boldizsar was working for Calm, the meditation app, which had just begun building a rating system for its sessions. “That night, I was on Facebook and saw either sensationalist headlines or frivolous cat photos,” he says. Why is the newsfeed like this, …

DJs of the Future Don’t Spin RecordsThey Write Code

Renick Bell is standing in front of his computer at a small table in the middle of the dance floor. The stoic, bespectacled musician types quickly and efficiently, his eyes locked to his computer screen. Around him in a wide circle, the crowd bobs to his music. Sputtering tom rolls, blobby techno synths, and crystalline cymbal taps blossom and spill out of the theater's massive surround-sound system. All the lights are off, and the only illumination in the big room is the glow of Bell's monitor, the soft red LED backlight on his mechanical gaming keyboard, and a live view of his PC monitor projected on a wall-sized screen. Peter Rubin Fortnite's Marshmello Concert Is the Future of the Metaverse …