Welcome to Reading List, a weekly collection of great tech reads from around the web. This week we explore the future of organ banking, the role of art in humanizing data-driven cities, and more! Enjoy.


  • Once an organ is removed from its donor, there’s a very short period of time in which it can be safely transplanted into a patient. If doctors miss the window, it’s a travesty. But the science and technology needed to create organ banks may not be as impossible as we once thought. [Wired]
  • As the line between our digital and physical lives continues to blur, where does art fit in? Perhaps, art can be used to make the data-driven city a little more human. Thomas McMullan explores. [The Guardian]
  • Most of us don’t remember a time without Pyrex: since its debut in 1915, the temperature-resistant glassware has found its way into nearly every home kitchen. To celebrate its centennial, Collector’s Weekly explores the fascinating scientific history of Pyrex and the material’s evolution over time. [Collector’s Weekly]
  • Imagine a future where the entire human race is jacked into a massive neuro-net, giving us access to the collective thoughts, memories and wisdom of everyone else. But as this science fictional technology creeps closer to reality, some fascinating medical questions arise. For instance, what happens when an internet connected brain has a stroke? [Motherboard]
  • The recent theft of data from the Office of Personnel Management seems to be way worse than the Feds originally let on. And it raises important questions about the extent to which old military models can be useful in the era of digital warfare. [The Atlantic]