Thor Benson

Thor Benson writes about innovation and culture for Inverse. He has also contributed to The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Wired, and many other publications.
Innovation
Top 5 most counterfeited products on Amazon
Thor Benson
Amazon has had a problem with counterfeit products for quite some time, and the company says it's ramping up efforts to fight counterfeiting. These items are the ones that are counterfeited the most.
The future of pride
How LGBTQ+ culture can survive Covid-19
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New Orleans loves a parade, but Pride parties in the city in 2020 have forced its residents to get creative while staying healthy.
Nothing to see here
Congress is trying to kill encryption during a pandemic
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It seems Congress thinks this might be a good time to kill encryption and trample on our civil liberties.
Atari king
A.I. can now beat every title of this iconic 1977 video game console
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If you think you're good at Atari games, just wait until you see DeepMind's skills.
The real Tesla killer
Global crisis could be bad news for electric car companies like Tesla
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The coronavirus outbreak is making things difficult for the automobile industry, and countries are starting to roll back emission standards.
Big dip energy
The coronavirus outbreak is having an unexpected effect on the power grid
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With businesses shut down around the nation, electricity demands appear to be decreasing.
Build the fence?
Space Force says its new 'Space Fence' will protect us in space
Thor Benson
We haven't heard a lot of news from the Space Force since it was founded, but the latest news shows something the military branch developed called the 'Space Fence' is now operational.
An outbreak of lies
Social media companies are still losing the fight against coronavirus disinformation
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Social media companies are working harder than ever to fight it during the coronavirus outbreak. Is it enough?
Fresh out of everything
Amazon offers higher pay as grocery orders skyrocket and workers walk out
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With people avoiding leaving the house as much as they can, a lot of people are getting their groceries from Amazon, and its warehouses are struggling to keep up.
Fight the power
This web browser fights fascists
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Unstoppable Domains is teaming up with the Opera web browser to decentralize the internet and end internet censorship.
Office Space, anyone?
Researchers burned down a fake office to see what they could learn
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If you want to understand how to protect an office from a fire, sometimes you have to burn it down.
PIN trust
Your phone's PIN code is probably so bad anyone could guess it, study finds
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People are really bad at creating pin codes, and a new study looks at how we could fix this problem.
Mask off
Surgical masks are no match for China's facial recognition technology
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A Chinese company has announced that it has developed facial recognition software that can identify people even if they're wearing a surgical mask.
Drone home
When are delivery drones coming? UPS is getting closer
Thor Benson
With people practicing social distancing to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, UPS has announced it's working on new package delivery drones.
Robo-doctor
How robots and A.I. could help save our healthcare workers and the elderly
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Though advancements still need to be made, robots and A.I. could help us fight the coronavirus outbreak and save lives.
Cancer is canceled
A new A.I. system could make sure we never misdiagnose cancer again
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Researchers have developed an A.I. system that can accurately diagnose cancer 100 percent of the time, and it could save lives.
Don't be a prick
A new device can test you for coronavirus in just 15 minutes
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As the United States struggles to test enough people for coronavirus, a new device can detect if you're infected within just 15 minutes.
Cash out
Can cash carry the coronavirus? Russia thinks so
Thor Benson
As countries work to fight the spread of the coronavirus, Russia is pushing for more digital payments to contain its spread.
Death by cat videos
Will high traffic break the internet? Google is trying to make sure it doesn't
Thor Benson
With people staying home, YouTube is dealing with much more demand than usual. The video website is now limiting video quality to reduce bandwidth usage.
Not in the black
Coal just became expensive, and renewables might benefit
Thor Benson
Coal is now the world's most expensive fossil fuel, and renewables keep getting cheaper. The job market is primed for a change.