Why not take a break from the fire hose of Twitter and RSS and check out our weekly roundup of essential writing from around the web about technology, culture, media, and the future? Burkhard Bilger visits the experimental Google X lab and engineer Anthony Levandowski to explore the history of self-driving cars. Tom Junod and Mark Warren write about Eric Shadt and new ways of fighting cancer. When Stephanie went to the Internet to find out about colon cancer, she said, she was surprised at what she discovered—she had a cancer often described as an old mans disease. She was not an old man.