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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, April 17th, 2019 11:32 by capnasty

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…

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“No one is coming to save us.”

A call to action

#Environment
Tue, April 16th, 2019 11:18 by capnasty

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…

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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, April 15th, 2019 10:10 by capnasty

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…

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“Give the robots a sense of touch.”

RoCycle

#Robots
Fri, April 12th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

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…

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“Reality might be a video game.”

Maybe. Probably. Who knows.

#Opinion
Thu, April 11th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

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…

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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, April 10th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

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, April 9th, 2019 11:28 by capnasty

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,…

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Manipulating the YouTube Algorithms

Coordinated attacks on YouTube to post misinformation

#Internet
Mon, April 8th, 2019 10:58 by capnasty

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, April 7th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

According to The Verge, many YouTube creators are finding that the golden era of YouTube — a time when it was entirely possible to make…

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How to Build a Realistic Diorama with Moving Vehicles

Luke Towan's ultra-realistic tutorials

#HowTo
Sat, April 6th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

Always stepping up his game, Luke Towan takes his realistic diorama building series one step further with creating a realistic building, a convincing road, and…

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“An entirely new human experience - mech racing”

The Prosthesis exoskeleton

#Robots
Fri, April 5th, 2019 12:12 by capnasty

The Prosthesis exoskeleton is the brain-child of Jonathan Tippett of Furrion Exo-Bionics with the goal to create a racing mech suit. This new sport will…

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“What if we agreed to watch 15 to 20 minutes worth of ads in an app, in exchange for two free movie tickets?”

Eye tracking technology makes sure you are watching

#Advertising
Thu, April 4th, 2019 12:34 by capnasty

Albeit this video came out on April 1st, this article on TechCrunch seems to confirm what it says: a startup plans to offer free movie…

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“AI is not the fourth of anything. It is the first.”

The dangers of artificial intelligence

#Future
Wed, April 3rd, 2019 12:19 by capnasty

Google ethics adviser and Hong Kong professor De Kai says that people "need to wake up" to the dangers of artificial intelligence, calling it one…

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“How did this studio fall so far from grace?”

The rise and fall of Hanna-Barbera

#Television
Mon, April 1st, 2019 14:57 by capnasty

As part of its What ruined series, Saberspark researches a topic as to what were the root causes of ruin for a variety of pop…

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“The company’s first robot, named Virgo, is designed to pick tomatoes.”

Root AI's agriculture robots

#Robots
Sun, March 31st, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

Not just delegated to working in warehouses, robots are now taking their first steps in picking produce using AI, cameras, and delicate robot "fingers." The…

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“The relaxing and socially lubricating qualities of alcohol, but without the hangovers.”

Synthetic alcohol is now a thing

#Drinking
Sat, March 30th, 2019 11:54 by capnasty

Straight out of Star Trek, scientist David Nutt is working on creating a synthetic alcohol that makes you tipsy but not drunk and spares you…

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“It’s even worse than doing time because at least there’s a limit to a prison sentence.”

Life on the wrong side of China's social credit system

#Future
Fri, March 29th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

China's social credit system is in place and it sounds as if once you are labelled as a debtor getting out is nearly impossible. This…

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“Robotic brewing machine that can push out 100 cups of coffee in a single hour.”

The equivalent of four baristas

#Robots
Thu, March 28th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

The Washington Post showcases Briggo, a barista robot capable of displacing four humans while still delivering customised specialty coffees consistently right every time. Not everyone…

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“Many of these pre-installed apps have access to very intrusive permissions out of the box.”

Android phones are nothing more than a privacy violation

#Privacy
Wed, March 27th, 2019 08:50 by capnasty

ZDNet bring to attention this study in which researcher determined that the vast majority of Android bloatware (apps that are pre-installed and cannot be uninstalled)…

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“The rich do not live like this. The rich have grown afraid of screens.”

Human engagement is now a luxury

#Technology
Tue, March 26th, 2019 11:02 by capnasty

In a day and age where everyone has email and even the poorest of the poor have a mobile phone, the new status symbol is…

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