WTF is an NFT? #112

Editor: Christopher Brennan
WTF is an NFT? The short answer is “non-fungible token,” a sort of digital asset that also acts as a proof of authenticity. The longer answer is we are still finding out exactly how they will be used and whether the hype around them as an example of blockchain technology is warranted. The concept, which took off in the world of fine art with digital works (like the one above) being sold for millions, has now spread to music, sports and even newspapers. We set our algorithm to go find articles worth reading from the last few weeks to see what it is all about.

Georgia Spa Shootings #111

Editor: Christopher Brennan
A gunman killed eight people at a series of Atlanta-area spas Tuesday night, the latest mass shooting in the United States. While the motive for the rampage is still unclear, the fact that six victims were women of Asian descent has refocused attention on a rise in anti-Asian attacks in the last year. This Digest explores the shootings themselves as well as the broader issues they raise, with our algorithm finding pieces of original reporting and analysis.

Looking Back at One Year of COVID #110

Editor: Christopher Brennan
COVID-19, as the name shows, started in 2019, though news outlets around the world this week have been marking the one-year anniversary since the WHO declared a pandemic. This week our Digest seeks to pick out some of the excellent reporting in those pieces, from local news outlets covering the effect on their communities to the changes in the worlds of entertainment and sports. All articles scored by our algorithm for the real reporting and analysis they contain.

What Planet Are You On? #109

Editor: Christopher Brennan
When I pick the topic for the Deepnews Digest each week I like to pick subjects that are global, so that we can show off our algorithm’s ability to pick out gems from all sorts of different outlets you may not be reading on the regular. This week looks not just at our globe, but what’s beyond it, covering all things space exploration. While you may have seen the headlines from your own respective country on NASA’s Perseverance rover or the ESA, our tech helps uncover stories you might have missed from New Orleans to New Delhi.