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“Once artificial-intelligence software is good enough to drive a car, it will be good enough to do a lot of other things too.”

A robot will take over your job, and soon

#Future
Wed, November 1st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

With the leaps and bounds technology is improving artificial intelligence, MotherJones' Kevin Drum argues that we will all be replaced by a robot — and…

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“There is nothing natural about farming.”

Vertical farming is taking off

#Food
Tue, October 31st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

VPro Documentaries has this video on the rise of vertical farming, a way to produce sufficient food for a growing global population while removing some…

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“Robots of reality are starting to get to the point where they have similar capabilities to the robots of our imagination.”

The robots are here

#Robots
Mon, October 30th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The robots aren't coming, they are already here, at least according to associate professor Sarah Bergbreiter of the Univesity of Maryland. Fascinating to see the…

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“That's why Facebook wants to collect all the data it can about you.”

We live in a surveillance dystopia designed to make you click on ads

#GeorgeOrwell
Sun, October 29th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

If you are curious about Facebook's persuasion architecture, let techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci explain how tech companies are building a surveillance dystopia for the sole purpose…

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“The whole house can be installed in a parking lot overnight.”

Three-story house the size of a car parking space

#Art
Sat, October 28th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

At the Helsinki Design Week, Helsinki-based Casagrande Laboratory showed off the Tikku (Finnish for “stick”), a three-story house that fits in a parking spot. Despite…

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“Automation will inch along but stay off the roads, for now.”

Care, computers, and clean energy: the fastest-growing jobs through 2026

#Future
Fri, October 27th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The Atlantic looks at the latest 10-year forecast from the Bureau of Labour Statistics. Reportedly, while retail and manufacturing jobs are declining due to automation,…

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“This story explains what worked, what didn’t, and why we’ve shut down operations.”

Hospitality-inspired moving company Walnut closes

#Companies
Thu, October 26th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Walnut, a moving company that focused on a great customer experience, is closing. It's interesting to read that albeit successful, the cut-throat practices against workers…

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“Patrol officers receive digital maps of today’s 'crime forecast.'”

Predictive policing

#GeorgeOrwell
Wed, October 25th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

TechCrunch has excerpt from Professor of Law Andrew Guthrie book The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement. While…

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“If someone with a camera tried to bump into them, they wouldn’t even notice it. So that’s what I did.”

I'm sorry

#Telephone
Tue, October 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Australian filmmaker Raphael Valenti made a very short film of every crash with people too distracted by phones to look at where they were going.…

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“We have an opportunity, to fundamentally redefine what urban life can actually be.”

Google to beta test smart city in Toronto

#Future
Mon, October 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Google's Side Walk Labs are partnering with the city of Toronto to build the first high-tech city, in part thanks to a chunk of undeveloped…

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“From sand to soil in 7 hours.”

Turning deserts into fertile land

#Environment
Sun, October 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this TEDx Talks, Ole Morten Olesen explains how deserts could be turned into fertile lands using liquid nano clay in just seven hours —…

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“If you could decide today... how long do you want to live?”

If ageing could be stopped

#Future
Sat, October 21st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

With the possibility that ageing may be stopped in our lifetime, Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell asks if this is a good idea.

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A Bicycle with No Pedals You Run With

The Fliz

#Travel
Fri, October 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit the photo above is not of the finished bicycle — it makes for a pretty amusing prototype — the FLIZ is a Laufrad-inspired bicycle…

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“They're usually these people that have been fucked by the system who are trying to unfuck themselves.”

The rise of the homegrown biohackers

#Science
Thu, October 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Comparing them to computer hackers of the 80s, biohackers try to manipulate and modify living organisms with the purpose of curing illnesses or gaining superpowers.…

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“Parti.Vote is designed to make the US's representative government system more equitable.”

Liquid democracy? There's an app for that

#Politics
Wed, October 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit Matt Negrin of Fortune jokingly suggested replacing politicians with AI in order to better represent the masses, Colorado's Camilo Casas plans to have people…

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“They don’t drive like people. They drive like robots.”

Why self-driving cars get into accidents

#Driving
Tue, October 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to the Seattle Times, self-driving cars get rear-ended because they drive really weird: while robots "obey the letter of the law," humans "violate the…

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100 Things We Can Do Today to Stop Global Warming in the Next 30 Years

Drawdown: A Comprehensive Plan to Reverse Global Warming

#Environment
Mon, October 16th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this video, Renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken looks at the various things humanity can do to reverse climate change within our lifetime. Renowned environmentalist Paul…

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“Creating a shift from medical device to positive body image statement.”

The Third Thumb

#Art
Sun, October 15th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The Third Thumb, a 3D-printed thumb that is attached to the hand and controlled with the feet, is the brain child of designer Dani Clode.…

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“If the facial data and related personal information is stolen and put on the internet, it will cause big problems.”

China is building a nation-wide facial recognition system of all its citizens

#Technology
Sat, October 14th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

China is building a facial recognition system capable of identifying any of its 1.3 billion citizens in a matter of seconds with 90% accuracy. The…

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"Hours after the fires in Santa Rosa I filmed this postal worker still delivering the mail."

Delivering mail to a burnt out neighbourhood

#Video
Fri, October 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Fascinating drone video of a US mailman delivering the mail to a completely burnt out Santa Rosa neighbourhood. This probably won't be the last as…

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