Round up of things I found interesting.
Space elevators have been a part of SiFi for a long time, this article talks about possibly building them for real! Space elevators are cables that go from the ground into space that a vehicle can use to climb into space. This article describes the basic ideas about how they work and why you may want to use one instead of rockets.
Crypto is starting to get the attention of regulators.
Diplomacy is a classic social board game focused on trickery and negotiations between players. The first games computers got really good at (like chess) required a lot of calculation. This article talks about Cicero, an AI that (allegedly) has human level performance in the game Diplomacy. So, computers may be getting better at other types of games.