News Index

Old Tool Restoration Video

Turning rusted and worn out vintage tools back into their former glory

Fri, November 23rd, 2018 09:40 by capnasty

Lately I have been fascinated with restoration videos on YouTube, such as those posted by my mechanics. They take old vintage tools mostly from Germany,…


“Elon Musk is trying to invent a future, not by providing the next app.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson endorses Elon Musk as a true innovator

Thu, November 22nd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to CNBC, renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson called Elon Musk the biggest tech luminary and innovator who is trying to invest a future with…


“Tools that, critics say, are intended to aid authoritarianism and oppression.”

China exporting its citizen surveillance program

Wed, November 21st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Reportedly China has been exporting its high-tech tools for monitoring and tracking individual citizens and its first customer appears to be Venezuela. While the system…


“Humans aren’t built to last forever.”

The trick to longevity is by increasing health

Tue, November 20th, 2018 14:19 by capnasty

According to researchers, the trick to longevity may simply be a matter of increasing the human "health span," which normally drastically starts to deteriorate at…


“The latest warning sign for cities who are considering signing over public spaces to major tech companies.”

Toronto, a city of surveillance

Mon, November 19th, 2018 09:32 by capnasty

Sidewalk Labs' plan in turning Toronto's Quayside into a smart city of the future is no stranger to controversy and its concept of letting a…


“Google and Facebook figured out how to commodify 'reality' itself by tracking what people do.”

Targeted advertising is hurting everyone

Sun, November 18th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Facebook and Google (and their weird creepy patents) stay afloat through targeted advertising, an advertising model financially beneficial at the expense of everyone else. You…


“New York Central trains in the Hudson River valley in 1928 and 1929.”

With sound

Sat, November 17th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

While scouring YouTube I found this video showcasing black and white footage with sound from 1928-1929. Something special to see all the little old cars…


“Buying a new smartphone every two years is taking a toll on the planet.”

Smartphone makers and telecoms to blame for an unsustainable business model

Fri, November 16th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

A recently published paper by researchers at McMaster University notes that the trend of having users buy a new phone every two years will increase…


“Forget reading the book of life—we’re now learning how to write it.”

Human beings are another form of information technology

Thu, November 15th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

If I am understanding this correctly, SingularityHub seems to indicate that with our understanding of the genome and our ability not just to read it…


"Waymo is reportedly planning to take the next step towards offering a commercial driverless car service in early December."

Google confident to launch self-driving taxi in December

Wed, November 14th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to The Verge, Google's subsidiary Waymo is feeling confident enough in having its self driving taxis ready to collect fares without any drivers— at…


“The era of climate wars has begun.”

Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

Tue, November 13th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Fascinating lecture from Dr. Christian Parenti warning of failed states as a consequence of climate change and that taking a hard military stance is the…


“The direction of the cost of storage is less clear and depends on metals prices.”

Renewables consistently cheaper than coal and gas

Mon, November 12th, 2018 17:35 by capnasty

According to Ars Technica, the cost of traditional coal or gas plants is higher than the cost of a brand-new renewable installation. The problem, then,…


Origami Lunchbox


Sun, November 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Currently seeking your financial support on Kickstarter, the Oriyami lunchbox is capable of elegantly carrying your lunch. When you are done just toss out the…


“Bias, error, and misuse of Artificial Intelligence technologies.”

Austerity, Inequality, and Automation

Sat, November 10th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

At the AI Now 2018 Symposium, Virginia Eubanks from the Universty of Albany, Philip Alston, from the NYU School of Law, and Vincent Southerland,from the…


“We need to make algorithms transparent, regulated, and forgiving of the flawed creatures that converse with them.”

An argument in favour of an FDA for algorithms

Fri, November 9th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Nautilus speaks with Hannah Fry from the University of College in London about her recent book, Hello World. In her book, Fry talks about the…


“Pack Behaviors in Autonomous Robots.”


Thu, November 8th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit I wish there was more information than a teaser, the behaviour of these Manus robots is both disturbing and fascinating. Manus is a set…


“Free the mind from the limitations of even healthy bodies.”

DARPA's ambitious goals to program soldiers' brains

Wed, November 7th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

The Atlantic looks at the fascinating work taking place at DARPA where researchers are attempting to find ways to turn the limitations of the human…


“Oumuamua may actually be a light sail of extra-terrestrial origin.”

No word yet on when the alien invasion is to take place

Tue, November 6th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Remember ‘Oumuamua, that cigar-shaped interstellar object that quickly passed through our solar system? According to a pair of Harvard stargazers, it may have been an…


If You Ever Wanted to Build a Model Lighthouse

Build a realistic seaside

Mon, November 5th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

While building something of this calibre is beyond my interests, watching Luke Towan build a lighthouse and the entire seaside area surrounding it is very…


“What do we do if the US falls apart?”

Canada worried about America's collapse

Sun, November 4th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

The Walrus looks at how America's decline will impact Canada, especially with the lingering expectation that a second civil war may soon be coming. We…