You now have a new reason to watch the Webby Awards. Nick Offerman, ironically, a man famous for playing a character who hates most forms of modern technology, will host the annual ceremony when it streams live from WebbyAwards.com on May 16.
Aside from Offerman’s signature deadpan delivery, this year’s ceremony will feature a wide range of winners recognized for a variety of contributions to online culture. The founders of #BlackLivesMatter, Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, won the award for “Social Movement of the Year”; Jessica Alba will be honored for “Entrepreneur of the Year”; Making a Murder takes home the award for “Film & Video Breakout of the Year”. Other big winners include The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Weeknd, The Onion, Lena Dunham, the 99% Invisible podcast and a bunch of others.
You can go here to see a full rundown of this year’s Webby Winners and learn more about the show. Discuss
One of the tech world’s great mysteries has been solved. Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has revealed to several major outlets that he is the inventor of the digital currency “Bitcoin,” an identity previously only know as Satoshi Nakamoto. Wright proved to the BBC, GQ and Economist that he was the actual mind behind the controversial online currency—which is extremely difficult to track—by demonstrating that he knew of early “cryptographic keys” used to create the currency. Following the interviews, the chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation released a blog post saying, "I believe Craig Steven Wright is the person who invented Bitcoin.” Other high-profile members of the Bitcoin community also say they believe Wright.
Wright said that he is revealing his identity to end investigations and speculation into his private life. He told the BBC, "There are lots of stories out there that have been made up and I don't like it hurting those people I care about. I don't want any of them to be impacted by this … I don't want money. I don't want fame. I don't want adoration. I just want to be left alone."
He is said to hold a large quantity of Bitcoins worth nearly $450 million Discuss
YouTube inventor Colin Furze—the man behind jet-powered go-karts and 50 MPH baby carriages—has just unveiled his latest homemade creation: a working hoverbike. Sure, it’s almost impossible to control, much less steer. But, it gets off of the ground and looks awesome when you fire bottle-rockets from it, so really, who cares? Discuss
Automobile-related deaths were up some eight percent in 2015 over against 2014, according to reports. This increase is due in part, simply, to more people on the roads, apparently. But another part, officials say, is an increase in “distracted driving”—people driving while posting to social media, texting or whatever. So, according to The New York Times, some authorities “want to treat distracted driving like drunken driving.” There are a few ideas out there about what this might look like. But here’s one that jumps out: Some lawmakers in New York want to give police officers a device that’s basically the “digital equivalent of the Breathalyzer.” They’re calling it a “Textalyzer.”
According to the Times, the Textalyzer would work like its alcohol-detecting sibling: An officer could request access the phones of any drivers involved in an accident and then use the Textalyzer to check the phones’ activities. And just like in a Breathalyzer situation, refusing to submit your phone to an officer could lead to a suspended license. Not surprisingly, critics of the idea cite privacy concerns, because, man, what’s the deal with the government wanting to see in everybody’s phones? Discuss
Want to have your mind blown for five minutes? Watch this new video just released by NASA, which is comprised of time-lapse, 4K footage of the Aurora Borealis taken from cameras on the International Space Station. It’s the coolest YouTube video you’ll see today. Discuss