Staff picks for the week of Sept. 12, 2016

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Happy Friday! Here are the most interesting tech stories our staff read this week.

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Instagram rolls out its comment filter to everyone (Read by Camillia S.)

Let’s be honest, sometimes the internet isn’t the friendliest place. Below some of your favorite content on sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram is hateful and downright scary commentary from people who make you question humanity. The latter platform is striving to make social media a safer place to express yourself with a new comment filter. Now users can hide comments that contain words or phrases they find offensive or inappropriate. What’s important about this update is that it carefully treads the line of censorship by leaving the filtering up to the user – a major value-add for public figures who can log on to the app and not be bombarded with hundreds of hateful comments.

MoMA will make thousands of exhibition images available online (Read by Camillia S.)

If you like art and history, and are a sucker for nostalgia, you’re in luck. Yesterday, The Museum of Modern Art began digitally archiving close to 33,000 exhibition installation photographs dating back to 1929 when it first opened its doors. Admittedly, nothing can compare to seeing a museum exhibit in person, but they constantly change, and works from great artists like Picasso are rarely shown in one collection. The new online collection allows you to travel back in time to see what was considered modern art prior to 1989. I think this is the perfect union of technology and art, and I can’t wait to check it out!

Uber’s self-driving car: Prepare to be thrilled and bored at the same time (Read by Heidi B.)
For the first time ever people are hailing self-driving cabs thanks to a pilot project run by Uber. In Pittsburgh  frequent Uber customers and select reporters are being invited to test out the autonomous service. A simple silver button located near the parking brake turns on autonomous driving, and a tablet displays nearby surroundings and allows passengers to take selfies. Most importantly, an Uber-employed safety driver sits behind the wheel to take control in case of an emergency. After reading this, I can’t help but wonder how and when autonomous cars will become mainstream in our society.

Google and Chipotle are testing drone burrito delivery at Virginia Tech (Read by Heidi B.)
What’s better than a burrito? A burrito being delivered to you by a drone, that’s what. At Virginia Tech this gluttonous dream has become a reality. The university is an approved test site for Google’s Project Wing drone division, and earlier this week approximately 10 burrito deliveries were made on campus. The deliveries only travel about one tenth of a mile, but the fact that there are burritos flying through the sky makes me smile. Can we bring the testing to New Jersey?

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