Screenshot of Microsoft's artificially intelligent chatbot Tay. (Screenshot via Twitter)

Tay, Microsoft AI, goes offline after Internet teaches her to be racist

Microsoft launched Tay, an AI chatbot designed to appeal to 18- to 24-year-olds. Within 24 hours, the Internet taught her to be racist.
Mar 24, 2016
The University of Washington and Tsinghua University will team up to open the Global Innovation Exchange in Bellevue. (Artists rendering provided by the University of Washington.)

UW teams with ‘MIT of China’ on new tech program in Bellevue

The University of Washington and a top Chinese research university Tsinghua University announced a partnership to open a technology program in Bellevue focusing on innovation.
Jun 19, 2015
Jane McGrane on her first trip to the US, in San Francisco in 1976. (Photograph courtesy of Jane McGrane)

Scottish in Seattle

When was the last time you saw a cow? If you lived in Kilmaurs, Scotland, the answer would probably be “this morning.” The town of just over 2,600 people is ringed by dairy farms, manure-filled fields, and cows, making them part of residents’ everyday life.
Dec 26, 2014
Roll OK Please founder Shama Joshi (center) flanked by helpers Seema Pai and Mani Singh. (Photo by Ana Sofia Knauf)

Fledgling food truck rolls out authentic Indian street cuisine

Food truck entrepreneur Shama Joshi wants to show Seattleites what real Indian street food is all about.
Aug 14, 2014
Mayors of Liberty photo-2

Trinidad transplant puts musicians first on new indie label

Former Microsoft programmer Kirt Debique wanted to build a new kind of record label to supported Seattle musicians. So far, so good.
Apr 28, 2014
Despite appearances, Cricket doesn't involve synchronized dance routines. It does have players running back and forth between two different wickets, rather than four bases, as in baseball. (Photo from REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)

Cricket: the perfect sport for Seattle tech-geeks and globalists

Behind a complex of warehouses in Woodinville, in a fluorescent-lit sports complex laid with AstroTurf and strung with netting, there’s a batsman stepping up to the pitch. I’m at late-night cricket practice for The Moose, the traveling team of The Microsoft Cricket Club. It’s 9:00 on a work night but nobody’s going home anytime soon […]
Nov 30, 2012
Egypt Elections

A Globalist primer on the Egyptian elections

Egyptians went to the polls this week to vote in the first presidential election since the revolution last year. If all goes according to plan, the winner will be the first freely elected president in Egypt’s history, and the standard bearer for a new era of politics in the Middle East. In short, this is […]
May 24, 2012
Microsoft

Microsofties with global roots give back

The last couple weeks have seen one former Microsoft executive become the Prime Minister of Mali and another hatch an ambitious plot to mine asteroids. Expanding from our rainy cradle in the corner of the country, the reach of our massive hometown software company transcends borders (and even outer space apparently). But some Microsoft employees […]
Apr 30, 2012