Self-Driving Luggage

Cowarobot, Dude!

#Robots

Fri, Jul 29th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Sporting more equipment than a luxury sedan, the Cowarobot R1 is an autonomous robotic suitacase capable of driving itself to you, and with you. Take it on a stroll with you, it's significantly cheaper than owning a pet and doesn't make a mess.

The Cowarobot makes me feel happy because I like the idea of something never leaving my side and being programmed to never want to leave my side. True love. The suitcase relies on something called a "CO-MOVE System." I’m very unclear on what this system is. It apparently involves sonars, "a depth sensor CO-EYE" (no idea what that is, either), and cliff detect sensors so it doesn’t bump into things or fall down stairs. Again, it’s unclear whether any of this works.

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Hitler Was Democratically Elected

A warning on the fragility of the democratic system

#Politics

Thu, Jul 28th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Possibly fitting with the upcoming U.S. elections, this TED-Ed talk by Anthony Hazard and Alex Gendler explains how Adolf Hitler managed to be democratically elected simply by feeding people's anger and fears. The video was animated by Uncle Ginger

Decades after the fall of the Third Reich, it feels impossible to understand how Adolf Hitler, the tyrant who orchestrated one of the largest genocides in human history, could ever have risen to power in a democratic country. So how did it happen, and could it happen again? Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard dive into the history and circumstances that allowed Hitler to become Führer of Germany.

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Facebook Could Decide the Outcome of the U.S. Election

If Silicon Valley wanted to stop Trump

#Politics

Wed, Jul 27th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Already guilty of manipulating the mood of users, censorship, news feed manipulation and removing content, Berit Anderson of Scout theorises on how just two people working for the social media giant could impact results of the upcoming U.S. elections simply by altering what the news feed would show.

There is no process that we are aware of within Facebook for understanding the political, ideological and societal effects news feed updates might have on users.

That means that, assuming their code is error-free and doesn’t negatively impact privacy, engagement, or business metrics, two employees could collude to manipulate the beliefs and behavior of Facebook’s 1.65 billion users without anyone—users, fellow employees, executive leadership, Mark himself—even noticing.

One reported Facebook employee implied in a 2011 post that Mark Zuckerberg reviews all changes to Newsfeed algorithms. Facebook has yet to confirm or deny that fact to Scout.…

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"We humans have a habit of going into phases of mass destruction."

What history can teach us about Trump and Brexit

#Opinion

Tue, Jul 26th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Medium, Tobias Stone looks at history repeating itself and wonders, since we're due for "another period of destruction," what our "Archduke Ferdinand moment will be" — a small, apparently insignificant trigger that will plunge the world into war and destruction causing the death of millions of people.

It will come in ways we can’t see coming, and will spin out of control so fast people won’t be able to stop it. Historians will look back and make sense of it all and wonder how we could all have been so naïve. How could I sit in a nice café in London, writing this, without wanting to run away. How could people read it and make sarcastic and dismissive comments about how pro-Remain people should stop whining, and how we shouldn’t blame everything on Brexit. Others will read this and sneer at me for saying America is in…

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7-11 Delivers Slurpees by Drone

We'll never need to leave our house

#Robots

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With robots on wheels delivering food, having 7-11 deliver by drone was only a matter of time. According to Techcrunch, the conveniece store giant has joined forces with tech startup Flirtey beating Amazon in being the first company to deliver by drone. Above, a video showing how Starship Technologies wheeled android works.

While 7-Eleven is thought of as a brick and mortar franchise, the company does actually allow online ordering and delivery through services like Postmates, Tapingo and others. Drones would comprise a futuristic expansion of 7-Eleven’s delivery business.

And delivery by drone is something 7-Eleven intends to offer widely in the future, according to 7-Eleven EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer Jesus H. Delgado-Jenkins. He declined to put a specific date on the launch of such a service, citing a shifting regulatory environment.

Drone delivery could prove especially…

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True Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything

AI's impact on humanity

#Future

Sun, Jul 24th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this video by Singularity Lectures, Professor Jürgen Schmidhuber looks at the impact technologies have had on humanity in the past, and believes that Artificial Intelligence will more than likely be the most disruptive.

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Turn a Smartphone into a Laptop for $99

The Superbook

#Products

Sat, Jul 23rd, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Superbook is defined as a shell that, once plugged with your phone, gives you a full fledged laptop. This means an actual keyboard, touch gestures, a large screen, and plenty of battery power.

At its core, the Superbook is a smart laptop shell that provides a large screen, keyboard and multi-touch trackpad, 8+ hours of battery, and phone charging capabilities.

When plugged into your Android smartphone, it launches our app to deliver the full laptop experience.

Think of it as the ultimate accessory for your smartphone.

Cool, I guess; however, if I am going to carry around a shell that looks like a laptop, I may as well carry an actual netbook with an OS I have a modicum of control over.

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"Welcome to the age of entanglement."

Nobody knows how the technology the world depends on actually works

#Technology

Tue, Jul 19th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Aaron Frank of the SingularityHUB, the technology the world depends on in order to function has become so complex that even experts are dumbfounded when things stop working.

[...] In the case of driverless cars, machine learning systems build their own algorithms to teach themselves — and in the process become too complex to reverse engineer.

And it’s not just software that’s become unknowable to individual experts, says Arbesman.

Machines like particle accelerators and Boeing airplanes have millions of individual parts and miles of internal wiring. Even a technology like the U.S. Constitution, which began as an elegantly simple operating system, has grown to include a collection of federal laws “22 million words long with 80,000 connections between one section and another.”

In the face of increasing complexity, experts are ever more likely to be taken by surprise when systems behave in unpredictable and unexpected ways.

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Trump 2016

Japanese Donald Trump Commercial

#Video

Fri, Jun 24th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Japanese Donald Trump Commercial created by Mike Shafia has all the right ingredients to look legit.

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"Researchers used the thoughts of one human's brain to control the physical actions of another."

Brain-to-brain communication

#Science

Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Popular Mechanics, researchers were able to use the thoughts of one person in order to control the physical actions of another, making a future where brain-to-brain communication will be entirely possible.

They recorded 100 neurons firing at once in the brain of a monkey. Believing they might be able to take this data and use it to perform a task, the team connected a probe into the area of the monkey's brain that controlled for arm movement. Then they gave the monkey a game to play: Using a joystick, the monkey moved a dot around on a screen until it entered a circle in the center. When the monkey moved the dot into the correct location, she received a reward of juice. Once they recorded the brain patterns that resulted from the movement, the team took the joystick away.…

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Documentary on the World's Largest Model Railroad

Some kind of quest

#Video

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016 11:00 by Jakob Straub NEWS

In Some Kind of Quest, director Andrew Wilcox looks at the man behind Northlandz — the world's largest model railroad — and what keeps driving him.

What happens when artwork becomes life’s work? When creator becomes a caretaker? SOME KIND OF QUEST, from Sylvain Labs, Greencard Pictures and director, Andrew Wilcox, is a film that invites you into the singular world of Northlandz, a 52,000-square-foot model train installation just 75 minutes outside of Manhattan, and into the ornery mind of the man—and steadfast wife—who brought it all to life.

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All the #DongleJokes You Can Fit in a Minute and a Half

Put Your Dongle Away

#Video

Sun, Jul 17th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Trip and Tyler TV, Tripp Cosby and Tyler Stanton make a ridiculous amount of dongle jokes. Hopefully this person was nowhere near to hear the conversation.

Tripp and Tyler join with Zoom in an attempt to get you to put your dongle away. Let's hear your own #donglejokes in the comments.

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"We think that it’s a service to the community to know if you’re a crazy driver or not."

Dashcam app records driving behaviour of cars around you

#Driving

Tue, Jun 21st, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Using the phone's camera, combined with machine vision, and AI algorithms, the Nexar app is capable of recognising driving behaviour from the vehicles around it. If it picks up on a car doing something dangerous or illegal, it records that vehicle's license plate and can then warn other Nexar users who may encounter it.

Although ranking the driving performance of every vehicle in the United States might sounds legally dubious, Lior Strahilevitz says that it is probably legal: “Courts generally say that people generally have little or no expectation of privacy in the movements of their cars on public roads, as long as cars aren’t being tracked everywhere they go for a lengthy period of time.”

Nevertheless, Nexar will face some ethical dilemmas. For example, should the app inform users when it spots a license plate that’s the subject of an…

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"How can you put one person’s head on another’s body?"

China wants to perform full-body transplants

#Science

Sat, Jun 25th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

China-based Dr. Ren Xiaoping is looking into the possibility of performing a full body transplant — the "scientifically impossible" procedure of transferring the head of a patient from one body to another — once a team was build and research was ready. Some are calling it "at best premature and at worst reckless."

Dr. Ren has experimented with head transplants on mice, but they have lived only for a day. He said he had also begun practicing on human cadavers, but declined to give details.

The doctor and his supporters say the operation could help people with potentially fatal diseases affecting body function, such as spinal muscular atrophy, as well as those with paralysis like Mr. Wang.

Some aspects of the plan are technically possible, said Dr. Abraham Shaked, a professor of surgery and the director of the Penn Transplant Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He said it…

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