The Great Hack

Technology’s shocking invasion of privacy gained momentum in the early 1970s when supermarkets began installing closed circuit television cameras to monitor the aisles for shoplifting. Not many customers complained, and management seemed indifferent to the philosophical implications. So from there, tech’s invasive powers continued to grow. By the mid-1980s, supermarket chains were compiling vast stores … Continued

Managing the Menace of Internet Powerhouses

A diverse panel plumbs the excesses of Google, Amazon and Facebook The ravenous rulers of the internet aren’t satiated by the tasty data that innocent users willingly feed them. They augment that information with the voluminous intelligence bought and sold by financial institutions, healthcare providers, location trackers and just about any other imaginable entity that … Continued

Amazon’s Fires

The tech behemoth is taking a lot of heat. Here’s a contrarian analyst’s perspective. Amazon (AMZN) has had a tumultuous year. The stock traded as low as $1,500 the first week of January before breaking the $2,000 level in July and settling back into the $1,700s. The company’s top managers, like many other Americans, are … Continued

This CBD Manufacturer Welcomes Oversight but with a Caveat

Regulators should not limit the public’s access to the THC-free cannabinoid, a CBD entrepreneur says  Federal regulation could ensure the purity, potency and effectiveness of CBD products while curbing the industry’s unfounded medical claims, overzealous marketing and false advertising. But regulators should stop short of imposing requirements that limit the public’s access to the relaxing … Continued

Regulation, please! An advocacy group’s unique perspective

As in any unregulated but promising market, some unscrupulous CBD merchants are making false claims and selling substandard products Seeking someone who understands CBD and can talk about it objectively, luckbox contacted Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the NORML Foundation in Washington. Armentano has … Continued

The Next Generation of Gamers

The old guard of pro gamers (the 20-somethings) have enjoyed big paydays, but a crop of young talent is rising up behind them The timing must have been right for the High School Esports League. In a few short years it’s grown into a national movement with 50,000 players in clubs at more than 1,800 … Continued

Young Money

With esports prize pools in the millions, where does the money flow? Meet a past and present pro This Med Student spent his gap year as an esports pro After devoting a gap year between high school and college to playing StarCraft II professionally, Conan “Suppy” Liu, aka “Superiorwolf,” went back to the books, completing a … Continued


Some of the 18 short animated films in a new Netflix series called Love Death + Robots end with unexpected twists—like latter-day episodes of the venerable Twilight Zone shows. But the new adult-oriented anthology beats the old one for weirdness. Part of the enhanced bizarreness on LDR probably accrues from Hollywood’s additional decades of working … Continued

The Hummingbird Project

Finance meets tech in a new thriller called The Hummingbird Project. Writer-director Kim Nguyen spins the tale of two youngish cousins who quit their jobs at a New York-based hedge fund that specializes in high- frequency trading to dig a 4-inch fiber-optic tunnel between the Kansas Electronic Exchange Data Center and the New York Stock Exchange … Continued

Black Monday

Imagine a TV comedy series that begins with a man in a business suit sitting on the curb crying. On the sidewalk behind him, black-clad punksters spray graffiti on an ornate stone pillar. Stray pieces of paper flutter across the deserted urban landscape. Funny?  But wait. Things seem to be improving as an impossible-looking red … Continued