“Impossible Aerospace founder and CEO Spencer Gore hopes to make self-flying electric planes.”

Impossible Aerospace

#Travel

Thu, Apr 18th, 2019 10:59 by capnasty NEWS

CNBC has this video showing the work being done by Impossible Aerospace in order to develop self-flying electric planes in order to make jet fuel obsolete.

Before he caught the start-up bug, Gore worked as an intern at two Elon Musk-led companies, SpaceX and Tesla. He was offered an internship at the electric vehicle maker in 2014, and and later became a full-time battery engineer there. He accepted the internship even though he was still working on an engineering degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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“We are undergoing the greatest economic transformation in our history, and we are dealing with it by pretending nothing is happening.”

The wave of automation is coming

#Robots

Wed, Apr 17th, 2019 11:32 by capnasty NEWS

On CNN Andrew Yang warns that we are about to witness the greatest economic transofrmation of our history not because of immigrants taking jobs but because of the on going displacement caused by the growing use of automation.

If you doubt that this is already happening, consider that America's labor participation rate (the ratio of people who are working compared to the total population aged 16 and over) today has fallen to 63%, about the same level as Ecuador and Costa Rica. In the US, almost one out of five prime, working age men have not worked in the past year, and our life expectancy has declined for the past three years, in part due to surges in drug overdoses and suicides. This is before a projected 33% of American malls and retail stores…

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“No one is coming to save us.”

A call to action

#Environment

Tue, Apr 16th, 2019 11:18 by capnasty NEWS

On The Guardian George Monbiot points out that nobody is coming to save us from the ecological apocalypse headed our way and the only thing we can do is to engage in a mass civil disobedience to make the political class act.

The commonest current excuse is this: “I bet those protesters have phones/go on holiday/wear leather shoes.” In other words, we won’t listen to anyone who is not living naked in a barrel, subsisting only on murky water. Of course, if you are living naked in a barrel we will dismiss you too, because you’re a hippie weirdo. Every messenger, and every message they bear, is disqualified on the grounds of either impurity or purity.

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“An ingenious con to squeeze everyone for more money through recurring subscription fees from multiple streaming services.”

There are too many streaming services

#Television

Mon, Apr 15th, 2019 10:10 by capnasty NEWS

On Mashable Raymond Wong argues that with the arrival of Disney+ we have reached streaming services peak making the whole point of cord cutting and saving money completely pointless.

The biggest issue I have with our new cord-cutting lifestyle is that the dream of paying less than cable seems to be over. The only difference now is that instead of paying one company for content, we're paying several different ones.

Because each service offers its own selection of content, many of which are exclusive, it's not a matter of, say, subscribing to Netflix or Hulu or Disney+. Increasingly, it's becoming Netflix and Hulu and Disney+, etc.

I want one streaming service that offers TV shows, movies, and live TV in one bundle for a single attractive monthly fee — nice and simple.

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“Give the robots a sense of touch.”

RoCycle

#Robots

Fri, Apr 12th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

engadget brings to attention the RoCycle, a garbage sorting robot capable of recognising items by touch.

Its researchers have developed a recycling robot, RoCycle, that uses sensors in its hand to determine the nature of an item and sort it accordingly. A strain sensor gauges an object's size, while two pressure sensors determine how squishy that object may be, whether it's easily-crushed paper or more rigid plastic. It can even detect the presence of metal, since the sensors are conductive.

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“Reality might be a video game.”

Maybe. Probably. Who knows.

#Opinion

Thu, Apr 11th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On VOX Sean Illing interviews computer scientist Rizwan Virk who believes we live in a simulation because many of the mysteries in physics are better explained using a simulation theory than a material one.

Rizwan Virk, a computer scientist and video game designer, has just released a new book, The Simulation Hypothesis, that explores Bostrom’s argument in much greater detail and traces the path from today’s technology to what he calls the “Simulation Point,” the moment at which we could realistically build a Matrix-like simulation.

I know nothing about computer science, but this idea that we’re all characters in an advanced civilization’s video game is, well, kind of awesome. So I reached out to Virk and asked him to break it down for me.

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“World’s largest floatplane-only airline [...] to become an electrically powered airline.”

Harbour Air to convert all its planes to be electrically powered

#Environment

Wed, Apr 10th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Clean Technica reports that Harbour Air is working together with MgenticX to convert its vintage fleet of float planes to be entirely electric.

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“A single gene that encodes a protein responsible for age-related cognitive losses.”

Old brains as good as young ones

#Health

Tue, Apr 9th, 2019 11:28 by capnasty NEWS

According to New Atlas, Stanford neuroscientists have discovered that a single gene is responsible for age-related cognitive losses. After targeting it with special blocking atibodies, research showed that the brains of old mice started working as well as those of young ones.

It all starts with the microglia, a class of brain cells responsible for immune responses and routine cleanup. Among many other functions, microglia spend their time gobbling up bits of protein deposits and cellular debris that result from normal brain activity, and it's long been known that their garbage-collecting performance deteriorates with age.

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Manipulating the YouTube Algorithms

Coordinated attacks on YouTube to post misinformation

#Internet

Mon, Apr 8th, 2019 10:58 by capnasty NEWS

The host of SmarterEveryDay shows you how misinformation is able to get past YouTube algorithms using coordinated inauthentic behavior. Part two here, part three pending.

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“The golden age of YouTube [...] is over.”

YouTube shunning creators over commercial content

#GoogleWorldDomination

Sun, Apr 7th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to The Verge, many YouTube creators are finding that the golden era of YouTube — a time when it was entirely possible to make a living from posting videos — is officially over. As its users abuse the system, Google is giving preference to commercial, advertiser-friendly content versus that of the creator community.

But by the middle of 2018, lifestyle vloggers like Carrie Crista, who has just under 40,000 subscribers, were proclaiming how the community felt: forgotten. “YouTube seems to have forgotten who made the platform what it is,” Crista told PR Week. In its attempt to compete with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, she said, YouTube is “pushing content creators away instead of inviting them to a social platform that encourages them to be creative in a way that other platforms can’t.”

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Apr 04“What if we agreed to watch 15 to 20 minutes worth of ads in an app, in exchange for two free movie tickets?” #Advertising
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Mar 16“Without ads, how does Netflix manage to make money?” #Television
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Mar 15“How easy it is for anyone who tracks our digital activities to gain insight into our personalities.” #Privacy
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Apr 17“We are undergoing the greatest economic transformation in our history, and we are dealing with it by pretending nothing is happening.”
Apr 18“Impossible Aerospace founder and CEO Spencer Gore hopes to make self-flying electric planes.”
Apr 16“No one is coming to save us.”
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Apr 10“World’s largest floatplane-only airline [...] to become an electrically powered airline.”
Apr 15“An ingenious con to squeeze everyone for more money through recurring subscription fees from multiple streaming services.”