News Index

“I got 200 wallets and dropped them in 10 cities to collect data to rank the honesty of the cities.”

Honesty Experiment

#Science
Mon, July 30th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Mark Rober dropped 200 wallets in ten different cities to see if people would return them. Each wallet contained a small amount of money, an…

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“Why road diets are implemented.”

Re-configuring roads to be calmer and safer

#Driving
Sun, July 29th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Vox has this video explaining how transportation planners are taking 20th century roads — designed with the automobile in mind — and changing their lane…

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“A full-fledged space economy is within reach, and with it, perhaps, a permanent human presence above.”

Space Age 2.0

#Space
Sat, July 28th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit I feel like we have been hearing about how we will be hitting space anytime now for quite some time, Bloomberg argues that the…

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“A powerful new tool to control which genes get expressed in plants, animals, and even humans.”

CRISPR/Cas9 for dummies

#Future
Fri, July 27th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

While we are nowhere near being able to make massive genetic edits to improve a human's intelligence or physical traits, Vox outlines what CRISPR/Cas9 is,…

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“Think Siri for cars but way smarter.”

Smart electric vehicle can earn money as a cab when you are not using it

#Driving
Thu, July 26th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Cars Overview brings to attention Honda's Hana, a very-compact AI-filled EV sporting a retro look that pays homage to classic Hondas of yesteryear. Even more…

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“People could starve and governments may fall.”

The end of cheap food as we know it

#Food
Wed, July 25th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Sara Menker notes that when food supply can no longer keep up with demand people will starve and governments will collapse — unless society accepts…

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“Nobody mourns them or asks for their bodies to be returned from war.”

A war between humans and autonomous killing machines would be over very, very quickly

#Robots
Tue, July 24th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Noting that, when linked to surveillance and data systems autonomous killing machines could be used as "powerful instruments of violence and oppression," influential names in…

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Boston Dynamics Plans to Build 1,000 Robot Dogs Per Year by 2019

And all I can think about is that episode of Dark Mirror

#Robots
Mon, July 23rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Gizmodo reports that Boston Dynamic has announced that it plans to be able to produce 1,000 SpotMinis a year, with the robots fulfilling roles in…

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“Affordable storage of renewable power.”

The first of the revolutionary batteries is here

#Technology
Sun, July 22nd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Stanford University announces their development of a battery made of "Earth-abundant materials," capable of storing large amounts of electricity in a very cost-effective way. This…

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“Although this transition is irreversible, it carries potential for several robotic applications.”

Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators

#Robots
Sat, July 21st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

IEEE's Spectrum brings to attention the work being done by Steven Ceron at Cornell University who is using pop-corn as a one-time robot actuator. Popcorn…

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“Cultured meat is finally on its way towards becoming a commercial reality.”

Lab grown meat to hit supermarkets in about three years

#Food
Fri, July 20th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to Kinder World, Dutch startup Mosa Meat is expecting to bring to market its lab grown meat by 2021. “Replacing traditional meat production with…

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“There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind.”

-- Napoleon Bonaparte

#Video
Thu, July 19th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On YouTube, Conspiracy Documentaries has this 2014 documentary on Psywar — psychological warfare — in the United States. This film explores the evolution of propaganda…

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“If you really want to save the planet, you should die.”

In a world headed for climate change disaster, having children is a selfish endeavour

#Environment
Wed, July 18th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In The New York Times, Roy Scranton looks at the looming dystopian future and ponders on the selfish act of having children, the people who…

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“Lighter, more affordable, personal rapid transit: self-driving bikes.”

But do I still need to pedal?

#Travel
Tue, July 17th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In this episode of ReInventors Katie Herzog looks at how the University of Washington is working in developing a bike that drives itself. What does…

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“Civilisation is a movement, and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbour.”

Generation Ships

#Space
Mon, July 16th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In Isaac Arthur's latest episode he looks at Generation Ships, massive starships akin to an interstellar ark ferrying humans for thousands of years, generation after…

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“A company headquartered in Toronto runs a successful affordable mobile phone service in the US.”

Report indicates Canadian telecom providers gouge their customers

#Telephone
Sun, July 15th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Looking at a report by Tefficient, Motherboard notes that Canadians are getting a "raw deal" when it comes to data on a smartphone. Reportedly, Canadians…

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“Inhibiting this pathway has extended life span in every species studies to date.”

Anti-aging drug appears to be working

#Health
Sat, July 14th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Technology Review reports that drugs which inhibit the aging-related pathway TORC1 has extended the life span in mice and works. The drugs boost the immune…

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“Prof Mallett has wanted to build a time machine for most of his life.”

Time travel is plausible

#Science
Fri, July 13th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to the BBC, some respected physicists think that time travel is entirely possible and are diligenty working at making this a reality. Prof Mallett…

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“Social media can be good but we must be careful with how we use it.”

Social media is designed to be addictive leaving you in a fragmented mental state

#Internet
Thu, July 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Absolute Motivation has this short documentary on how social media is designed to be as addictive as possible in order to maximize profit. This might…

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“Only strong authority can bring order to a turbulent country.”

A look at the high-tech authoritarian future

#GeorgeOrwell
Wed, July 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

If you want to get a glimpse of what the future of law enforcement — some may argue of totalitarian control — will look like,…

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