This is standard fare. When Russia manipulates elections via Facebook, or ISIS recruits followers on Twitter, or racist landlords deny rentals to blacks and then offer them to whites through Airbnb, commentators and companies describe these activities as “manipulation” or “abuse” of today’s ubiquitous websites and apps. The impulse is to portray this odious behavior as a strange, unpredictable, and peripheral contortion of the platforms.But it’s not. It’s simply using those platforms as designed.
[...] the innovation isn’t in the structure or materials — it’s in the design and building. ICON, the company that builds the 650-square-foot house, claims it costs just $10,000 to build, and can be 3-D printed by a Vulcan printer in 12 to 24 hours using the most common building material on Earth.
According to Bloomberg, China is diligently working in reducing pollution in its country and is doing so quite aggressively already particle counts are lower now than they were in 2015. But the real goal may be for China to become the dominant leader in the electric-vehicle industry. China already sells more EVs than Tesla.
The government’s war on air pollution fits neatly with another goal: domination of the global electric-vehicle industry. Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. might be the best-known name, but China has been the global leader in EV sales since 2015, and is aiming for 7 million annual sales by 2025.
To get there, it’s subsidizing manufacturers and tightening regulation around traditional fossil-fuel powered cars. Beneficiaries include BYD Co., a Warren Buffett-backed carmaker that soared 67 percent last year and sold more cars than Tesla. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has a buy rating on shares of Geely Automobile…
When you kill all the wolves and get overrun by deer and wild boar, you can rely on a robot to keep them from eating your crops. It's too bad it looks like something out of a Japanese nightmare.
Silverstein works as a crop specialist for Freight Farms, a company that creates what it calls Leafy Green Machines—essentially shipping containers decked out with enough hydroponics equipment and tools to produce two to four tons of produce a year, in any climate or location. “You can put it in a parking lot on concrete or pavement, so you don’t need good soil,” Silverstein says. That’s something most urban areas are short on.
On Science, Technology & the Future, professor of computer science at University of California discusses artificial intelligence. He's the guy behind Slaughterbots.
Exclusive interview with Stuart Russell. He discusses the importance of achieving friendly AI
Aside from inviting uses to shop "offline," Nucleus' nCash Tokens are a way for a user to monetise their private data. Each time data is requested — either by a store or another merchant — the user has a chance to benefit financially. Maybe.
nCash tokens can make your everyday shopping much more delightful. Here we’ve put together a video that explains how nCash moves through the Nucleus Vision ecosystem to help create a connected retail experience.
If sharing your proposal on social media is of your utmost priority in life, the RokShok phone case lets you propose and film her reaction all in one convenient package. And if she turns you down, you can watch the rejection over and over again.
RokShok is the first ever fully patented smartphone case that conceals and elegantly presents an engagement ring, while the user captures the entire proposal on camera! Both the individual being proposed to, as well as the ring itself, are recorded so the couple can instantly share their video on social media.
With over 56% of women currently posting a picture of their engagement ring on social media, and 79% of couples sharing their engagement news immediately after the big moment, RokShok is the only product that simultaneously records the person's reaction and the…
This art installation by Parse/Error provides minimal words for maximum reaction, whether to inspire you or to insult you.
By mixing many concepts, from the most serious to the lightest, The Hater Box triggers an avalanche of thoughts in the observer, chaining laugh, anger, indignation or assertion of his own ideas, leaving little room for a real reflection on the meaning of these words or on his own opinion.
According to the New Statesman, the president of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim warns that with the advent of automation, only a "handful of developing countries" will continue to experience economic growth — the rest will experience “fragility, conflict, violence, extremism and eventually migration.” Automation is already being trialled for farming and California now allows testing of self-driving vehicles without a driver.
“If everyone’s aspiration are going up and technology is replacing cheap labour in developing countries, we’re going to have to answer some very difficult questions,” said Kim. “What on earth are people going to do? How will they support their families? How will they spend their time and even will they be more likely to be recruited by online extremist groups?”
|“Contains all the same components as cow’s milk, [...] but doesn’t use any animals in its production process.” #Food|
|“All you need is self-driving cars to destabilize society.” #Politics|
|“We estimate the dynamical lifetime of the Tesla to be a few tens of millions of years.” #Space|
|“We are considering public transport free of charge in order to reduce the number of private cars.” #Environment|
|“Strangers in iPad masks pretending to be you.” #Future|
|“With smartphones, they’ve got you for every waking moment.” #Technology|
|“From Self-Driving Cars to Beyond!” #Driving|
|“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" #Future|
|“Facebook is a declining power.” #Internet|
|“So, self driving cars are right around the corner, right?” #Driving|
|“Imagine having to turn off the self-driving abilities just to make it to your destination.” #Driving|
|“Can a platform be 'cool' if your aunt, grandfather, and third grade teacher all use it?” #Internet|
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|“New green policies so hard-hitting and extensive they can be felt across the world.”|
|“Facebook played a 'determining role' in stirring up hatred against Rohingya Muslims.”|
|Future Horizon's Plasma Lightsabers|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
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|“Amazon Paid No Federal Taxes In 2017.”|
|“Contains all the same components as cow’s milk, [...] but doesn’t use any animals in its production process.”|
|“Traditional path to economic growth may close to all but a handful of developing countries.”|
|“Clearly, no one is going to build weapons that have sufficient general intelligence to, for example, decide and execute a plan to take over the world.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“Engineers designed it to stop animals from eating farmers’ crops.”|