On Quartz, Michael J. Coren interviews Jameson Wetmore, an engineer turned social researcher at the Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, who explains what technology has done to society and why the Amish seeing the negative consequences they had on us opted out.
After observing a given technology’s effect on outside society, Wetmore explains, each Amish community can vote on whether to accept or reject it. If a person is seriously ill, checking into a hospital is acceptable. So is accepting a ride in a Ford F-150. But the Amish refuse to own television or automobiles because they’ve decided those technologies erode their community and neighborliness.
For the rest of us, the cost of technological convenience may be coming due. Wetmore, who has studied the Amish intensively (pdf), suggests that contemporary society needs to take a new approach to technology—one…
On Quora, Gigantic Software's CEO John Byrd looks at the most sophisticasted piece of software ever written it is a really fascinating read. For those in the know, the word Stuxnet will immediately come to mind, as well as its complicated family life. I blame the parents.
Once the worm runs itself on a PC, it tries to get administrator access on that PC. It doesn’t mind if there’s antivirus software installed — the worm can sneak around most antivirus software. Then, based on the version of Windows it’s running on, the worm will try one of two previously unknown methods of getting that administrator access on that PC. Until this worm was released, no one knew about these secret bugs in Windows either.
At this point, the worm is now able to…
Designed to last well over 2,000 years, the Time Since Launch is a single-use digital clock that, once started, won't stop. Just pull the pin and watch time tick by albeit you'll probably have to change the batteries in twenty years. It was inspired by astronaut John Glenn's 12-hour stopwatch used for Mission Elapsed Time (MET).
Use this very long-scale timepiece to mark the beginning of your epoch. It could begin when you get married, have a baby, quit smoking, launch a rocket, or on an ordinary Tuesday morning.
Your epoch is safeguarded within this unique timepiece designed and over-engineered to outlive you. Suspended in a durable borosilicate glass tube and sealed with gasketed aluminum end-caps, two LCDs show days, hours, minutes and seconds since launch. This timepiece is built to count for 2,738 years.
On CNBC, NYU professor Scott Galloway compares Mark Zuckerberg's position of power over at Facebook as dangerous to that of historical dictators and judging by a steady drop in activity, maybe Facebook's users have noticed. Meanwhile, Google employees resign in protest against a Pentagon contract. Not only is this an issue of user trust but a concern towards drones that will kill without human approval.
The resigning employees’ frustrations range from particular ethical concerns over the use of artificial intelligence in drone warfare to broader worries about Google’s political decisions—and the erosion of user trust that could result from these actions. Many of them have written accounts of their decisions to leave the company, and their stories have been gathered and shared in an internal document, the contents of which multiple sources have described to Gizmodo.
Bluetooth speakers are generally a compromise. You're giving up the high-fidelity in exchange for volume. With the treVolo S, BenQ gives you everything you could possibly want: portability, fidelity, and quality.
To keep the overall package as small as possible, BenQ adopted electrostatic loudspeakers (ESL), where the sound is generated on a membrane that's actually suspended in an electrostatic field (how it works). This allows for a ridiculously loud sound at a fraction of space without sacrificing any quality. And because the sound travels both towards you and behind the speaker, you can take advantage of the natural acoustics of a corner to increase the sound even more.
The treVolo S offer two modes: natural sound, which plays the song as it is intended, and spacious sound, a one-touch equaliser that pushes the limits of sound richness without any distortion. Needless to say I've left it in this…138More
On The Open Mind, David Carroll speaks with professor David Carroll on Cambridge Analytica theft of user data and extensive information-warfare against democracy. Meanwhile more data leaks revealed and Google is finally falling under the eye of regulators.
Since Facebook disclosed that Cambridge Analytica had violated its terms of service to snatch the private data of users without their consent, the latest bombshell in this rapidly-paced story is that the Analytics front, perhaps an espionage operation, assigned non-US citizens to message for the candidates in 2014. There seem to be ever-evolving details every day on this story. David Carroll, a professor at the Parsons School of Design at the New School in New York is suing Cambridge Analytica through the United Kingdom’s Data Protection Act for stealing user data and undertaking vast information-warfare against western democracies. Did…
Reality Asserts Itself's Rana Foroohar and Paul Jay discuss the values and ethics one would need to make AI work for society, not just for the interest of a few large organisations.
On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Foroohar and host Paul Jay discuss the merging of finance and big tech and the threat AI poses to working people and the economy; they also discuss the potential of AI in addressing the climate crisis and making a more rational and equal society possible – with host Paul Jay.
Reportedly, researchers have used a cryo-electron microscopy to obtain the structure of a proportion of the telomerase enzyme, opening the possibility of either inhibiting it on to stop cancer or activating it to prevent ageing. There is, of course, a lot more work than this that needs to be done before it becomes viable in the mean time, maybe we can self-repair our organs as needed.
Organisms regulate their telomere maintenance in this way because they are walking a biological tightrope. On the one hand, they need to replace the cells they lose in the course of their ordinary daily lives by cell division.
However, any cell with an unlimited capacity to divide is the seed of a tumour. And it turns out that the majority of human cancers have active telomerase and shorter telomeres than…
I had made plans to travel from Beijing to Xi’an, the capital of northwestern Shaanxi province and the imperial capital of China for centuries.
The distance between the two cities is around 746 miles, making it slightly more than two hours by plane, 11 hours by car, and anywhere between 11.5 hours and 17.5 hours on a regular train.
On China’s top-of-the-line “bullet train,” the journey takes 4.5 hours.
If I wanted to travel a comparable distance in the US by train – at 712 miles, New York to Chicago is the closest – it would take 22 hours, with a transfer in Washington, DC. And that’s with traveling…
Looking like a reworked Citroën DS, Riversimple's Rasa is planning on offering a hydrogen-powered car capable of 480 km (300 miles) on 1.5kg of hydrogen. The novelty is that instead of owning the vehicles, they would be leased as a service — with all costs (fuel and insurance as well) covered.
It is hoping its business model might help it differentiate. Riversimple won't let anyone own one of its cars. Instead will allow people to pay monthly to drive the car. And that fee also includes a refill of hydrogen as well as insurance.
"It's more like a mobile phone. It's a single direct debit that covers all the running costs. It includes insurance and it even includes fuel … But it completely changes the sort of car that we build, because it's an asset on our…
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