“It knows the very contours of my face.”

The era of surveillance is already here according to news from around the world

#Privacy

Sat, Jun 15th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Nautilus, Barclay Bram looks at the invasive power of WeChat on the lives of its citizens.

People are regularly arrested for messages they send in “private” group chats.

Vice warns of how future credit scores will be based on AI and social media behaviour, giving a whole new way to evaluate people.

More recently, credit companies have started to use machine learning and offer "alternative credit" as a way to reduce bias in credit scores. The idea is to use data that isn't normally included in a credit score to try and get a sense for how trustworthy someone might be. All data is potential credit data, these companies argue, which could include everything from your sexual orientation to your political beliefs, and even what high school you went to.

Quartz reports how Hong Kong protesters avoided using their smart cards in fear of being…

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“What if we could create our own miniature sun here on earth?”

Why nuclear fusion is coming

#Future

Fri, Jun 14th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this video by Thoughty2 , Arran Lomas explains how the sun works, what fusion is, how it works, and why it's coming.

Fusion request the most perfect conditions to take place. I mean it is like to create the sun, in miniautre, on planet earth, in a box. That's not going to be easy.

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“Self-driving vans are actually the least novel-seeming part of the unveiling.”

Last-mile delivery with robots

#Robots

Thu, Jun 13th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to ZDNet BoxBot is a new company focusing on autonomous last-mile deliveries. Recently emerged from stealth, the goal of the company is not only to manage distribution centres, but also to manufacture its own delivery vehicles.

The Boxbot logistics system also includes an automated local hub where packages are received, sorted, and prepped for delivery, along with a fleet of street-based driverless vehicles. Boxbot envisions the hubs situated close to residential neighborhoods. By shipping products to them in anticipation of orders, retailers can conceivably offer fast, low-cost shipping for a fraction of the price, cutting into Amazon's massive lead.

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“This has do be done, Anderson added, within the next five years.”

We have only five years to deal with climate change

#Environment

Wed, Jun 12th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

James Anderson, a Harvard University professor of atmospheric chemistry, notes that we only have five years to save ourselves from climate change before we hit irreversible feedbacks. Professor Anderson is known for determining the effect of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) on the ozone layer.

"Can we lose 75-80 percent of permanent ice and recover? The answer is no."

The answer is no in part because of what scientists call feedbacks, some of the ways the earth responds to warming. Among those feedbacks is the release of methane currently trapped in permafrost and under the sea, which will exacerbate warming. Another is the pending collapse of the Greenland ice sheet, which Anderson said will raise sea level by 7 meters (about 23 feet).

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“A decentralized network of 3d gun-printing advocates has mobilized online.” #3DPrinting #GunControl #Decentralized

3D printed guns

#Technology

Tue, Jun 11th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Tony Jacix has this fascinating video that looks at the growing world of gunsmiths who print their weapons using 3D printers.

Ivan says he knows of at least 100 people who are actively developing 3D-printed gun technology, and claims thousands are taking part in the network.

The group uploads CAD files to different media-hosting services underpinned by blockchain. Ivan claims their groups AR15 model is far superior to anything in the public domain.

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“How far fake watches have come.”

It is getting harder and harder to distinguish fakes

#Crime

Mon, Jun 10th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Gizmodo brings to attention this video by Watchfinder & Co. in which they compare a real Rolex next to a fake one and showcase just how good fakes have become.

By itself, the fake Rolex Daytona does almost everything right, to the point of using the same steel as the real thing for its case and bracelet, actual ceramic in the bezel surrounding the watch face, and a near-perfect replica of the Rolex’s mechanical movement inside. Where it falls apart is when you really start to study the fit and finish of the fake. Rolex still relies on skilled craftspersons for many parts of its manufacturing process, resulting in highly polished finishes and smooth detailing, which the mass-produced fake is lacking. The details are subtle, but even the lettering on the watch face looks a…

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“The artwork makes it possible to buy followers or likes in just a few seconds.”

Quick Fix

#Art

Fri, Jun 7th, 2019 08:53 by capnasty NEWS

Quick Fix is an art installation by Belgian-based artist Dries Depoorter that, for the cost of just a few coins, allows you to get likes and followers on a vairety of social media accounts. As the name implies, this is a criticism of our addiction to social media.

“Quick Fix “is easy to use. Choose your product, pay and fill in your social media username. You receive the like or followers just a few seconds later. The accounts that like or starting to follow you are fake accounts.

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“Cities are booming and at the same time living spaces are shrinking.”

IKEA's Robotic Furniture

#Products

Thu, Jun 6th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

You've all seen this idea before: small spaces with extremely flexible multi-role furniture. Usually an home-made solution by an architect or a clever designer living in places like Hong Kong or Japan. Well, IKEA now has their own spin on it with the ROGNAN.

More and more people are living and moving into cities where approximately an extra 1.5 million people join the urban population every week. This mass urbanisation is accelerating and creates heavily populated cities that are at the same time consuming both land and resources at an unsustainable pace. IKEA wants to create a better everyday life for the many people, enabling them to create their dream homes in small spaces. In order to do this, IKEA had to answer the question: How can you utilise the square meters of your home in a better…

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“You're gonna use a j-turn if up ahead, for whatever reason, you see something you don't like.”

Tactical Driving Techniques

#HowTo

Wed, Jun 5th, 2019 09:55 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit I drive like a grandfather—slow and steady wins the race— and have never gone faster than the speed limit, watching this video on a tactical driving school is quite fascinating. I'd probably get a failing mark.

Wyatt Knox, Special Projects Director at the Team O'Neil Rally School, is a true technician behind the steering wheel. Wyatt explains the different techniques he teaches to special operations personnel, including the pit maneuver, driving in reverse at high speeds, and taking over when the driver goes down.

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“Non-verbals is anything that communicates but is not a word.”

How to read body language

#HowTo

Tue, Jun 4th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Wired has this video featuring former FBI agent Joe Navarro who explains how to read body language. Joe shatters many myths—such as crossing our arms—and how some mundane actions are actually the ones that give us away.

Former FBI agent and body language expert Joe Navarro breaks down the various ways we communicate non-verbally. What does it mean when we fold our arms? Why do we interlace our fingers? Can a poker player actually hide their body language?

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May 26“Many [Silicon Valley] parents now have serious concerns about tech's impact on kids' psychological and social development.” #Health
May 14“The company is losing billions, has essentially no underlying value, and its business could be hammered overnight.” #Scams
May 11“They are racing to automate their own work forces [...] with little regard for the impact on workers.” #Future
May 24“A two-legged robot created by Agility Robotics, designed to get your delivery from a car to your door.” #Robots
May 07"There is nowhere on Earth that remains free from the traces of human activity." #Environment
May 13“A 'Tesla Effect' is starting to be felt in the oil markets.” #Companies
May 08“Smartphones may actually change children’s brains.” #Health
May 25“Recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence.” #Technology
May 15“Ultra modern tiny house on wheels.” #Life
May 17“A driverless electric truck began daily freight deliveries on a public road.” #Driving
May 29“The world’s first raspberry-picking robot is attempting to harvest one of the fruits.” #Robots
Jun 15“It knows the very contours of my face.”
Jun 13“Self-driving vans are actually the least novel-seeming part of the unveiling.”
Jun 14“What if we could create our own miniature sun here on earth?”
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Sep 21“When Life Gives You Lemons.”
Jun 12“This has do be done, Anderson added, within the next five years.”
Jun 06“Cities are booming and at the same time living spaces are shrinking.”
May 14“The company is losing billions, has essentially no underlying value, and its business could be hammered overnight.”