News Index

"I love my iPhone, but it doesn't have a headphone jack! So I decided to add my own. For real."

Installing an headphone jack in an iPhone 7

#Telephone
Sat, September 9th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this video, Scotty Allen explains how he went about installing a headphone jack in an iPhone 7, a feature that Apple mysteriously decided to…

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“Individual faces and other physical traits were predicted using whole genome sequencing data.”

Everything that makes you is in your genome and can be predicted

#Science
Fri, September 8th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Phys brings to attention the work done by researchers from Human Longevity, Inc., where they were able to predict faces and traits of individuals using…

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“The company’s ambition, its ruthlessness, and its lack of a moral compass scare me.”

You are Facebook's product, to do as they please

#Internet
Thu, September 7th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

On the London Review of Books (LRB), John Lancaster has a lengthy essay on how, in a period of time shorter than any other mass…

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“The aftermath of the Industrial Revolution involved two major Communist revolutions, whose death toll approaches 100 million.”

The fourth industrial revolution will have as much an impact as the first

#Future
Wed, September 6th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

On ACM, Moshe Y. Vardi, professor of Computer Science, Rice University, notes that much like the industrial revolution, the advent of artificial intelligence and automation…

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“Democracy is an impedance to capitalism so they need as little regulation as possible.”

Silicon Valley lobbies more than Wall Street

#Politics
Mon, September 4th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Forget the banks. According to The Guardian, Silicon Valley dominates lobbying in the U.S. government pushing for less competition, less taxes, and making sure that…

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"A bot that, as you interact with it, turns into a digital representation of you."

Replika

#Technology
Sun, September 3rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

While some are questioning the arrival of AI agents in our social ecology, others are creating chat bots that the more you interact with, the…

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"Bucko actually gets to drive a fully functional, bipedal, outrageously badass mech suit."

Real-Life Mechwarrior

#Robots
Sat, September 2nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Autoblog showcases the Method 2, a fully functional Mech with fully functional mechanical hands. It costs 8 million dollars. We'll be honest, over the years…

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“It appears that Google may have lost sight of what being evil means.”

Google uses its power to silence criticism

#GoogleWorldDomination
Fri, September 1st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

With the University of Harvard warning of the surveillance business model of the internet, with people being silences or fired over their opinion, The Washington…

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"A handful of upper-assembling machines that can work at 20 times the pace of human workers."

Robots can make shirts and shoes way faster than humans

#Robots
Thu, August 31st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Automation is starting to make t-shirts and shoes, at a rate 17 to 20 times faster than a human worker. The goal is to move…

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All-Electric Truck

Cummins unveils electric rig ahead of Tesla

#Driving
Wed, August 30th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

While Tesla talks about its electric truck, Indiana-based Cummins introduced the AEOS, an all-electric rig capable of lugging almost 22 tons, travel a distance of…

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Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine

Not a lot of ice cream, though, or is it just me?

#Robots
Tue, August 29th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Here is a video of a vending machine containing a robot that will happily serve you some soft serve ice cream, ending the procedure with…

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“The first zero-emission VTOL electric plane.”

Lilium, an electric jet

#Travel
Mon, August 28th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Made in Germany, the Lilium jet plane is entirely electric, capable of VTOL (vertical take off and landing) and of speeds of 300km/h, touting travel…

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“Silicon Valley’s newfound urge to postpone aging indefinitely is an attempt by the super wealthy to extend their own lives.”

The plan is to extend life by decades using a cheap pill

#Science
Sun, August 27th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

While Niz Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, is not promising immortality, he…

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“Your great-grandparents may phone you up to ask you to babysit your granduncle for the evening.”

Radical life extension technologies

#Future
Sat, August 26th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Isaac Arthur never fails to disappoint with his series and in this one he explores life extension and explores some of the interesting side-effects we…

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“Some technologies arrive more quietly, but just as surely revolutionize the way we live.”

The technologies we take for granted but use every day

#Technology
Fri, August 25th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this episode, Isaac Arthur looks at the many technologies that have had a great impact in our lives but are hardly noticed because they…

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“Robots and humans may increasingly work hand-in-hand in industrial sectors.”

Construction industry opens up to robotics and exoskeletons to improve costs and efficiency

#Robots
Thu, August 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Motherboard reports that a shortage of workers, increased worker safety, and the need for low-cost housing has forced the notoriously "digitally conservative" construction industry to…

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Amateur-Built Electric Car Going After Record Set by Tesla

It looks like a battery with wheels

#Driving
Wed, August 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

jehugarcia has this 15 minute documentary showing a group of hobbyist putting together their own electric car and going after the distance record set by…

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“Banning polluting cars in 2040 or 2050 doesn’t actually look like a very bold move.”

We will all be driving electric by that point, anyway

#Drinking
Tue, August 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

On Clean Technica, Zachary Shahan argues that banning petrol cars by 2050 is not a bold move — humanity will shift to electric vehicles simply…

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Japanese Create Ice Cream That Does Not Melt

Just in time for global warming

#Food
Mon, August 21st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to Conde Nast Traveler, Japanese scientists have discovered that when strawberry polyphenol is added to dairy cream it solidifies instantly. This has allowed them…

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“This conversation about how technology is hijacking people is really catching on.”

Non-profit Time Well Spent is devoted to stopping tech companies from hijacking our minds

#Internet
Sun, August 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Wired talks to Tristan Harris, former product manager at Google, who for the last 12 months has been critiquing how the big platforms (Apple, Facebook,…

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