"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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Get Paid to Pick Up Someone Else's Shit

The Pooperapp

#Technology

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

If you like having a dog but don't like picking up after it, the Pooperapp has this figured out for you: after your dog has done its business, tap the location on the app and someone else comes and picks it up for you. So while you're driving for Uber, you can help make ends meet by doing this on the side. What will the digital economy think of next?

Scoopers are people like you – dog lovers who want to improve the streets and communities we live in. Anyone with a smart phone can scoop for us. Scoopers are paid per-scoop, use their own mode of transportation – car, bike, scooter, hiking boots – and scoop on their own schedule. See why people are signing up everyday to come pick up dog poop with us.

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"The simple act of walking past a police officer becomes a law enforcement interaction."

Facial recognition by a police officer's bodycam

#Future

Thu, Jul 21st, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Motherboard, company Taser International plans on having footage recorded by a police officer's bodycam sent back for facial recognition analysis, allowing them to know if anyone that has walked by is connected to an active warrant.

“With body cameras, that entire structure is completely gone,” Garvie said. “Instead of having a particularized interaction—again, in the future, assuming the technological capabilities are there—this is not particularized at all. It’s essentially running a search on everybody walking past a given officer on his patrol. There’s no notice given to these people, and there’s certainly no consent. And there’s no police interaction even in place. No probable cause for a search.”

She continued: “All of a sudden, the simple act of walking past a police officer becomes a law enforcement interaction.”

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Going to Mars the Fiscally Responsible Way

How Will SpaceX Get Us To Mars?

#Space

Wed, Jul 20th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this video, Real Engineering explains the financial reasons that will allow Elon Musk's SpaceX to successfully bring people to Mars. One of the key factors: building everything it needs and using as little energy as possible.

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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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"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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"You can regularly find two to three hour flights on budget airlines for less than 10 euros."

How budget airlines work

#Travel

Sun, Jul 3rd, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Wendoverproductions explains what budget airlines do — especially the ones in Europe — in order to provide ridiculously cheap tickets.

Flying is an expensive endeavor, but somehow certain budget airline are able to sell tickets for less than 10 euros. This is how they work.

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"The way future generations will make food is through synthetics."

Wine and burgers made in the lab

#Food

Sat, Jul 16th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Future generations may still enjoy a glass of wine and a juicy burger, but the way those are made will be entirely different. Ava Winery can "create the wine without any grapes, yeast or any kind of fermentation" by reconstructing it, molecule by molecule, in the lab. As for lab grown meat, once the high cost and taste issues are resolved, it is poised to "replace one of the largest industries in the United States".

“It’s essentially just a big chemistry problem,” he told me before getting ready for his presentation today at IndieBio SF’s Demo Day. “We don’t need alchemy to change one kind of molecule to another. You can deconstruct water and replicate it in the lab, for instance.”

Right now the startup is focused on replicating three wine clones — a Moscato d’Asti, a Dom Perignon and they just started work on a Pinot…

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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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