Reading List: Massive Wildfires Are Only Going To Get Worse

Massive Wildfires Are Only Going to Get Worse

Welcome to this week's Reading List, Gizmodo's weekly collection of fascinating science and technology reads from around the internet, gathered in one place just for you. This week, we'll catch a ride with Uber, play with AI for kids, peer into the grim future of mega-wildfires, and jump into the hoverboard patent wars.

  • This year's destructive wildfires are just a preview of the massive blazes to come. As Earth's climate warms, more severe droughts will turn huge swaths of land into tinderboxes — and we may have reached a point of no return, with the area burned each year expected to triple by the end of the century. [Rolling Stone]
  • Uber may be the most polarising company in the tech world right now, and its CEO has a reputation for being ruthless and brash. Here's an inside look at Uber's corporate culture and its possible future. [Fast Company]

  • Mattel's interactive Hello Barbie will hit shelves later this year, and it looks likely that kids will buy into the fantasy of a talking doll. But it's not yet clear what that might mean for their imaginations or their real world social lives. [New York Times]
  • They're still not really hoverboards, but the smoothly gliding two-wheeled toys that bear the name are getting more popular by the day, and that popularity has launched a court battle over who really owns the right to profit from the idea. [Buzzfeed]

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