News Index

“Bioinspired Polymeric Woods.”

Water and fire-resistant artificial wood

#Technology
Sun, October 21st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to Scientific American, material chemists at the University of Science and Technology of China have developed artificial wood that is as strong as its…

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“The more employees are watched, the harder they try to avoid being watched.”

The Era of the Employer-Surveillance State

#Workplace
Sat, October 20th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to this article on The Atlantic, surveilled employees don't actually work better: they either find ways around the surveillance—causing more surveillance to be placed…

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“Social robots will be uniquely personal.”

Social robots will become members of the family

#Robots
Fri, October 19th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Not intended to replace humans but to be considered as "entities that enrich our lives" and enhance the human experience, social robots will become members…

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DIY Smartphone

MAKERphone

#Telephone
Thu, October 18th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Now seeking your financial support on Kickstarter, the MAKERphone is a kit for a DIY mobile phone that you can program yourself as you learn…

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“The prospects and future of AI.”

The Era of Artificial Intelligence

#Video
Wed, October 17th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In this video by NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman & CEO of Sinovation Ventures, gives a lecture on what the future of…

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“The robot age is nothing to be worried about.”

Automation will steal workers' wages

#Robots
Tue, October 16th, 2018 09:37 by capnasty

Albeit the World Bank is stating that the looming robot age is an opportunity and not a threat, The Guardian argues that not only will…

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“Long live the instant gratification economy—and the increasingly sophisticated technology that’s enabling it.”

Fully-automated fulfilment centres in city centres

#Robots
Mon, October 15th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit there are still a few humans involved in the process, Common Sense Robotics has worked out a way to create completely automated fulfilment centres…

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Gira Lab Universal Timer

Random photo of the day

#Photography
Sun, October 14th, 2018 09:03 by capnasty

Looking like something from the Cold War era and still being utilised down in the chemistry laboratory.

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“What jobs will be created and what jobs will disappear?”

Will You Lose Your Job to Automation?

#Future
Sat, October 13th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

The World Economic Forum discusses with various field experts on what automation will mean for the future of job security, particularly for jobs that involve…

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Boston Dynamics' Robot does Parkour

When can I get my robot body, please?

#Robots
Fri, October 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

This recently released video by Boston Dynamics shows its famous Atlas jumping over logs and leaping gracefully up some pretty steep steps without any struggle.…

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“Computer algorithms increasingly control and decide our future.”

Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms

#Video
Thu, October 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In this video by Hidden Forces, Hannah Fry explains how we should not see algorithms as objective masters but as just another form of power…

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“Authoritarianism depends upon people getting used to hearing the things that they want to hear.”

How to build an authoritarian regime — and how to stop one

#Internet
Wed, October 10th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Timothy Snyder explains how when a new technology comes along it actually has a disruptive effect at first while our "hardware" gets adjusted to it.…

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What if Star Wars Was Actually Good?

The whole "what if" Star Wars trilogy

#StarWars
Tue, October 9th, 2018 10:00 by capnasty

Albeit a little old, these what if reworks of Star Wars episode 1, 2, and 3 will have you asking why Disney hasn’t hired this…

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Gravity Defying “Clair de lune”

With Yoann Bourgeois as the acrobat

#Music
Mon, October 8th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

With Alexandre Tharaud at the piano, Yoann Burgeois performs a spectacular gravity defying dance to the tune of Claude Deubssy's Clair de lune. Dancer Yoann…

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Give Your Smartphone a Finger

MobiLimb

#Telephone
Sun, October 7th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

The idea behind the MobiLimb is to turn a passive object like a smartphone into something reactive. I like the idea of it crawling to…

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“A blatant disregard for resident concerns about data and digital infrastructure.”

Panel member for Google's Smart City resigns over privacy concerns

#Privacy
Sat, October 6th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Vice reports that Saadia Muzaffar, a member of the Waterfront Toronto’s Digital Strategy Advisory Panel, has resigned from her position due to concerns on how…

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“Robots are key to a new wave of local agriculture.”

Farming entirely with robots

#Robots
Fri, October 5th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Yahoo brings to attention Iron Ox, a Silicon Valley start-up that's focusing on having robots and artificial intelligence take care of the entire agricultural process.…

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“Like witnessing a unicorn jumping over a rainbow.”

China used microscopic chips on servers to infiltrate American companies

#Computers
Thu, October 4th, 2018 09:58 by capnasty

According to this report by Bloomberg, Chinese chips the size of a rice of grain have been found on the hardware used by Apple and…

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“I fear Google is well on the way to becoming a different kind of company.”

When it comes to users' privacy, Google is starting to resemble Facebook

#GoogleWorldDomination
Wed, October 3rd, 2018 09:27 by capnasty

On Slate, Matthew Green looks at Google's gradual change from a trusted company to one that's exploiting this trust for short term financial gain, especially…

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“By redesigning the lenses of ordinary sunglasses, it’s possible to block LCD and LED screens.”

Sunglasses that block digital screens

#Advertising
Tue, October 2nd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

With the notion that we see hundreds of ads every day, IRL (in real life) sunglasses let you see everything but digital screens. Not too…

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