According to Vice, your attention is a valuable commodity traded on the internet: the more attention a site has, the more effective the advertising, the more money it can generate from charging advertisers. In order to keep users engaged, Facebook (and all the sites the social media giant owns), has designed its interactive environments to be as addictive as a casino's slot machine, in order for users to get their fix of feeling "connected, validated, and liked."
The easiest way to understand this term is by imagining a slot machine. You pull the lever to win a prize, which is an intermittent action linked to a variable reward. Variable meaning you might win, or you might not. In the same way, you refresh your Facebook updates to see if you've won. Or you swipe right on Tinder to see if you've won.
This is the most obvious way…
While Instagram has been labelled as the "most harmful social network for your mental health," Facebook's neural interface a system that would allow a user to communicate on Facebook using just their thoughts may or may not be used for advertising purposes. The company won't commit to an answer, but if Facebook's track record is any indication, the privacy implications raised by the article are not far fetched.
“I worry a little about whether we’ve given enough thought about what it means to no longer have control over a zone of privacy,” Dr. Eran Klein, a neurology professor at Oregon Health and Sciences University and neuroethicist at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, told me. “One of the things that makes us human is we can decide what stays in our mind and what comes from our mouth.”
Any inadvertent spillover from our inner monologues to…
On BackChannel, Steven Levy looks at the "indelible dot on all timelines of AI progress" when on February 1997, IBM's Deep Blue would defeat world champion chess player Garry Kasparov. Levy argues that the historical moment was really not about a game of chess played by a computer but, ultimately, what he morbidly referred to as "the brain's last stand".
The turning point of the match came in Game Two. Kasparov had won the first game and was feeling pretty good. In the second, the match was close and hard fought. But on the 36th move, the computer did something that shook Kasparov to his bones. In a situation where virtually every top-level chess program would have attacked Kasparov’s exposed queen, Deep Blue made a much subtler and ultimately more effective move that shattered Kasparov’s image of what a computer was capable of doing. It seemed to Kasparov—and frankly,…
Currently seeking your financial support on Kickstarter, SolarGaps are sun-tracking photovoltaic solar panel window blinds capable of generating up to "00W-150W of renewable energy per 10 sq. ft. (~ 1 m2) of a window," which may make them particularly appealing for those that won't or can't install solar panels on their roof.
Simply mount SolarGaps on the wall over your window using the brackets provided or install them on the outside of your home.
Then plug SolarGaps into a power outlet and lower your energy bills by feeding electricity back to the grid. Any energy surplus can either be stored in batteries or be sold to your power utility.
After the recent decision of the FCC to kill customer's private data which if collected and sold is probably far more valuable than just providing an internet connection the Noiszy plugin promises to dilute its value by "leaving misleading tracks."
Noiszy is a browser plugin that creates meaningless web data - digital "noise."
It visits and navigates around websites, from within your browser, leaving misleading digital footprints around the internet. Noiszy only visits a list of sites that you approve, and only works when you turn it on. Run Noiszy in the background while you're working, or start Noiszy when you're not using your browser, and it sends meaningless data to these sites for as long as you let it run.
This meaningless data dilutes the significance of your "real" data, by creating a campaign of misinformation. You become more difficult for an…
According to Futurism, the Google I/O '17 conference has brought to light the AutoML, an artificial intelligence system that is capable of creating better versions of itself. More disturbingly, it is able at making AI systems better than anything created by a human Google engineer.
“In our approach (which we call ‘AutoML’), a controller neural net can propose a ‘child’ model architecture, which can then be trained and evaluated for quality on a particular task,” the company explains on the Google Research Blog. “That feedback is then used to inform the controller how to improve its proposals for the next round. We repeat this process thousands of times — generating new architectures, testing them, and giving that feedback to the controller to learn from.”
In part 4 of our special series on human ancestry and evolution, we look into the future. Now that genetic engineering tools like CRISPR allow us to edit our genes, how will that impact human evolution going forward? Are designer babies or eugenics around the corner? Welcome to a world of nonrandom mutation and unnatural selection.
Wired has this video of the Ocado's warehouse in Dordon, north-east of Birmingham, which uses automation and AI to solve a rather gigantic issue of logistics.
The 90,000-square-metre warehouse, which opened in February 2013, is the starting point for 190,000 customer deliveries every week. Inside, more than 35 kilometres of conveyor belts shuttle plastic crates between storage shelves and picking areas.
Electrek shows off the Solar-E-Cycle, a battery-assisted electric bicycle with a built-in solar panel that not only allows travelling 50 km at 50 km/h, but can be used to "charge your phone, plug a lamp or a water pump. You can even plug a sewing machine and start a business."
But Christen’s Solar-E-Cycle is unique for also combining the concept with an actual vehicle.
The main problem is bringing the cost down enough to make it affordable. In order to achieve that, they have been using used bike frames and made several iterations. They say that the latest Solar-E-Cycles can travel up 50 km (31 miles) per day and it can reach a top speed 50 km/h (31 mph).
Furthermore, they are partnering with economic development efforts in order to finance the manufacturing of the bikes and then rent…
A remarkable five year project, Palette Swap Ninja has rewritten The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to tell Star Wars: A New Hope, creating a very interesting mashup honouring major pop-culture milestones for both. Download as MP3 and FLAC, or listen on SoundCloud.
This year marks two important pop-culture milestones: The 40th anniversary of Star Wars on May 25, and the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a week later, June 1. Our new album merges both into one full-length concept album titled Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans. It’s the entire Beatles album as accurately as we could record it, only now it tells the story of Star Wars: A New Hope — in order. We sweat the details on both sides in an effort to do both cultural milestones…
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