This week's Tech Reads covers books, brains, octopus arms, and more. Meanwhile, the Gizmodo team is hanging out at our Home of the Future in Manhattan. We'll be here all week, and we've got some great events planned, so come say hello!

  • Erik Sofge digs into an increasingly relevant question regarding the future of autonomy: should a robot sacrifice your life to save the lives of two others? [PopSci]
  • An octopus's arms are incredibly grippy, thanks to a plethora of suction cups. How does it keep from getting its arms tangled into a giant stuck mess? Sandhya Sekar explains the advanced self-recognition system involved. [The Scientist]
  • Alexis Madrigal explains the deep data involved in making sure Google's self-driving cars don't crash. [The Atlantic]
  • Adam Piore talks to Randal Koene, the neuroscientist who wants to upload humanity to a computer. [PopSci]
  • Phyllis Rose shows the complex decision making that helps libraries determine which books to keep, and which to discard. [Medium]
  • Alan Taylor presents a gorgeous series of photographs documenting the cutting edge of warfighting technology at the height of WWI. [The Atlantic]
  • Once, Netscape was the browser of choice for surfing the world wide web. What happened to it? Sean Cooper investigates. [Engadget]



Oh sure, 70's-Tony gives Jarvis a body, but Modern-Tony just gives him a voice and remote access to just about everything he owns.