You could have seen we have not revealed many tales this previous week—it has been a busy 12 months for us, and I needed to provide Motherboard’s employees a while to recharge earlier than what figures to be a fair busier 2018. A couple of days earlier than Christmas, I despatched this be aware to our employees to take inventory of the 12 months we have had. We spend a lot time heads down engaged on the positioning and our podcasts, documentaries, and different initiatives that we frequently overlook to take a look at what we really created.
The work featured on this be aware was largely produced by Motherboard’s present full-time employees and common contributors; as all the time, we labored with dozens of incredible freelancers, artists, producers, teachers, in addition to some individuals who have since moved on to different gigs. If you labored with us in any capability this 12 months, thanks a lot for serving to to make the positioning what it’s. And THANK YOU should you learn us, listened to our podcasts, watched our documentaries, got here to an occasion, instructed your mates about us, or have in any other case discovered your self on this weblog put up. We’ll see you subsequent 12 months. -Jason Koebler, editor-in-chief
This 12 months, we took a step towards cementing ourselves because the tech web site that makes certain expertise is working for folks and that the long run is being protected for all of humanity.
Motherboard had some huge scoops this 12 months, and began or superior a number of nationwide conversations about Trump administration science censorship, Silicon Valley sexism (the Google Memo), Equifax’s gross negligence with the social safety numbers of half of America, and broadband entry/internet neutrality. A Motherboard article was additionally the seed for this 12 months’s Science March.
We revealed dozens of sturdy options, a standout video collection referred to as Dear Future, a longform documentary about good weapons, three podcasts referred to as Science Solved It, PlusPlusPodcast, and Radio Motherboard, livestreamed somebody hacking a router for 4 hours (and truly obtained folks to observe it), and revealed the web’s definitive Guide to Not Getting Hacked (additionally obtainable as a PDF).
In 2017, we discovered a large, mysterious gap in Antarctica, talked to the farmers placing broadband antennas on their grain silos (and the farmers hacking their tractors), went inside Roscosmos, named-and-shamed Congress’s local weather deniers, recognized this rotted fucking whale, uncovered “stalkerware” software program that permits males to spy on their companions, submitted ourselves to months-long stress discount experiments, met with Indian garment manufacturing facility staff who’re being automated out of jobs, visited America’s tv graveyards, obtained James Damore fired, introduced plans to construct a group broadband community, interfaced with a collection of time touring iPhone customers, and defined how knowledge turned the world the wrong way up, why you possibly can by no means get tickets in your favourite live shows, why nationwide parks are a hotbed of paranormal exercise, and WTF a time crystal is.
Dear Future is the among the many most profitable video initiatives Motherboard has executed. They really feel huge, futuristic, and harmful. The standout, produced by Lara Heintz, is a couple of group group in Detroit constructing its personal web infrastructure. It’s fast transferring, subversive, and speaks to Motherboard’s mission to make sure expertise is working for the individuals who use it. Other highlights: Xavier Aaronson went to Eastern Europe, sewage therapy vegetation, and the East River to find out about phages, the viruses that may save us from antibiotic resistant superbugs. We profiled a DIY motion that’s utilizing outdated laptop computer batteries to energy their houses and automobiles. Yvette Bustamente was invaluable throughout pre- and post-production, and Erik Franco’s infinite record of story concepts and contacts helped us pull this off.
Shot over the course of some years and produced by Brian Anderson and Lara Heintz, Who Killed the Smartgun? reveals we will make thrilling, emotional, and politically enraging longform.
Kate Lunau and Motherboard Canada went inside a darkish matter laboratory that’s a mile underground and made among the finest 360/VR movies the format has seen with a six-part collection about nuclear vitality.
Motherboard experimented with DIY explainer movies, doing a extremely nerve-racking iMac RAM improve and constructing an Ethereum mining rig.
News editor Emanuel Maiberg retains the positioning working on a day-to-day foundation, however nonetheless managed to seek out time to go deep on the video recreation voice actors strike, lose his thoughts enjoying a recreation about paper clips, discover internal peace reviewing the Xbox 4K, and warn readers to not let a robotic suck your dick.
Social editor Rachel Pick has one of many strongest voices on social media: She sells our typically deep-in-the-weeds tales in an accessible method, finds the dankest memes, wrote a harrowing piece about getting an IUD within the age of Trump, and … form of preferred the Emoji film?
Kate Lunau is a pressure in Canada, repeatedly writing or pulling in tales about bizarre holes, unusual whales, potential nuclear waste websites, and shotgun-wielding guards who shield Arctic bases from polar bears. She oversaw the launch of Moveable, a transportation-focused subvertical, produced groundbreaking 360/VR video, and is certainly one of our most trusted editors.
Ankita Rao spearheaded On Edge, a cross-vertical theme week about millennial stress, undrained the swamp, tackled sexism within the metropolis, and produces Radio Motherboard and PlusPlus podcasts.
Kaleigh Rogers launched Broadband Land, an ongoing collection in regards to the digital divide, owns the web neutrality and broadband entry beats, wrote in regards to the lengthy quest to seek out an antidepressant that really works, and launched Science Solved It, a pleasant podcast that will likely be again in 2018.
New assistant editor Samantha Cole rapidly owned the bizarre web and future-of-porn beat, reporting on the terrifying ramifications of AI-generated face-swap porn, the problem grownup creators have crowdfunding their work, documenting a Redditor’s quest again up 2 million gigabytes of porn, and analyzing the plot of Ted Cruz’s favourite porn scene.
Researcher Erik Franco continued to be a jack-of-all trades, utilizing his encyclopedic information of Motherboard historical past and beforehand aborted initiatives to make Dear Future and one thing we’re releasing in 2018 doable.
Features Editor Brian Anderson is on the time touring iPhone consumer beat, oversaw the launch of Kaleigh’s Broadband Land collection, produced and hosted the smartgun doc, and conceived of and executed Outer Limits, a theme week about how expertise and politics have affected how we relate to the outside and public lands.
Lorenzo FB continues to be the world’s finest cybersecurity reporter, getting scoop after scoop, put collectively the Guide to Not Getting Hacked, and revealed options about iPhone jailbreaking, Apple’s bug bounty program, Equifax’s horrible safety, a political prisoner of a adware deal gone unsuitable, and a “hacker” who was on the run from Mexico’s most harmful cartel.
Jordan Pearson, working intently with Motherboard Canada editor Kate Lunau and Daniel Oberhaus, has develop into the perfect cryptocurrency reporter within the area by staying away from the every day ups and downs of a unstable business and as an alternative specializing in the personalities, politics, and societal results of decentralized cash.
New employees author Daniel Oberhaus has written options on matters as numerous as surreptitious wifi hacking, fusion vitality, a really weird future city in Arizona, the science of unhealthy acid journeys, and America’s largest DIY rocketry occasion. He additionally constructed us an Etherum mining laptop.
Lara Heintz and Xavier Aaronson made this certainly one of Motherboard’s most profitable video years in current reminiscence. Xav oversaw the manufacturing of Most Unknown and Dear Future, and Lara continues to knock it out of the park with every documentary she does.
Contributing editor Becky Ferreira continued to cowl area, dinosaurs, and archaeology with an optimism and surprise not often seen in on-line media, which made her the right individual to spearhead Humans of the Year, a collection of profiles about people who find themselves combating for the way forward for humanity.
Contributing editor Sarah Emerson has develop into a masterful FOIA artist, utilizing them to go after the Trump administration’s assault on the setting, tech firms’ bullying of native governments, and to show individuals who burn their ft into Yellowstone’s sizzling springs, and be taught extra about Ryan Zinke’s favourite horse.
Contributing editor Michael Byrne makes laptop science, physics, quantum expertise, and different deeply complicated Motherboard matters accessible. He additionally wrote a must-read private essay in regards to the physiology of panic assaults.
Contributing editor Matthew Gault wrote about an alt-right kids’s guide and adopted it to its logical conclusion, by which Pepe the frog’s creator sued a lot of the alt proper. He additionally wrote probably the most harrowing essay you’ll ever examine orcs and conquered his video recreation completionist obsession.
Terraform Editor Brian Merchant spent the primary half of the 12 months writing a guide in regards to the iPhone, however then returned and revealed excellent works of speculative fiction (some quirky, some humorous, and a few and bleak), certainly one of which was simply optioned for a film.