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“Artificial intelligence can detect your sexuality and politics just by looking at your face.”

Uncomfortable technological progress

#Future
Tue, July 10th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to The Guardian, research from Psychologist Michal Kosinski, a professor of organisational behaviour at Stanford University, indicates that artificial intelligence can be used to…

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“A cloned cat is simply a genetic twin of your current cat, born at a later date in time.”

Clone your pet

#Animals
Mon, July 9th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Charging a meager $50k for a dog or $25k for a cat, you can now have your pet easily cloned by Viagen Pets. Today, safe…

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“Oh gosh, that was a journey.”

Boston Bun - Spread Love

#Music
Sun, July 8th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Fun to watch with a catchy tune to boot. PRODUCED BY DIVISION Starring Gerard Kearns. Produced by Théo Gall - Jules de Chateleux Cinematography by…

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“We’re America, Bitch.”

Trump is not the problem, people are

#Opinion
Sat, July 7th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On GQ, Drew Magary argues that the problem with America is not Trump but the very people that elected him. At nearly every turn, our…

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“Forget everything you were taught about having your phone out at the table — you'll need it to call the robots that serve you.”

The robotic restaurant

#Robots
Fri, July 6th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

While there are still staff at the entrance, checkout, and in the kitchen, Alibaba's seafood restaurant in Shanghai has robots instead of waiters. Everything is…

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“These changes will likely mean a decline in job security and standards of living for many.”

We are not prepared for the upcoming wave of automation

#Future
Thu, July 5th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

With AI set to do pretty much every job out there and increase wealth inequality as a result, it should come as no surprise that…

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“How could the country that fought alongside the U.S. in World War II, in Korea, and in Afghanistan be a national-security threat?”

Boycotting American products

#Politics
Wed, July 4th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On his blog, Steve Paikin of The Agenda fame argues that the way the current U.S. administration is treating Canada is doing less for "national…

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“A case that comes with sensors that can detect when the phone is in free-fall.”

A smartphone airbag

#Telephone
Tue, July 3rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Since the idea of carrying a fragile smartphone made of glass is pretty dumb, 25-year-old Philip Frenzel of Aalen University in Germany has developed a…

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“Boosting treatment times to 10 minutes yields virtual elimination of all organisms.”

Sanitisation robots

#Robots
Mon, July 2nd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Interesting Engineering brings to attention the UV bacteria-killing robots, machines capable of completely removing all organisms after a 10 minute exposure in areas often missed…

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“We’re not very good at evaluating ourselves accurately.”

The Dunning-Kruger effect

#Science
Sun, July 1st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

If you have ever wondered why people with lesser abilities tend to rate themselves as absolutely amazing, this TED-Ed talk by David Dunning explains why…

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“The mere presence of a smartphone within glancing distance can significantly reduce your cognitive capacity.”

We have reached peak screen

#Telephone
Sat, June 30th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In the New York Times, Farhad Manjoo calls smartphones vampires designed to capture your attention for as long as possible with detrimental side-effects. But the…

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“Here’s a new fresh horror: robot dragons.”

The Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transfromatiON

#Robots
Fri, June 29th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

QZ shows off the DRAGON, a small robot capable of bending and twsting like a snake — while flying. The aircraft actually solves a bunch…

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“It fails to mention, however, that Neuralink is at least preparing to test its devices on animals, if not already doing so.”

Neuralink

#Science
Thu, June 28th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to Gizmodo, Elon Musk's secretive company Neuralink is preparing to start testing its wizard hats on animals. In theory, telepathy should be possible in…

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“Humanity is most likely the only intelligent species in the Milky Way Galaxy at present.”

Intelligent extraterrestrials may be rare, explaining Fermi's Paradox

#Space
Wed, June 27th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

While not arguing that finding extraterrestrial intelligence would be impossible, researchers believe that getting life and intelligence to happen is astronomically rare that, most likely,…

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“Sending you changes in your media feed that are calculated to adjust you slightly to the liking of some unseen advertiser.”

How social media ruins your life

#Internet
Tue, June 26th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In this interview, Silicon valley philosopher Jaron Lanier asks everyone to do what nobody is doing: delete your social media account. His argument, it's not…

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“Collect drinkable water from desert air each day/night cycle.”

Solar-powered water-harvester

#Technology
Mon, June 25th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Berkley university shows off their water harvester, a solar-powered contraption that combined with a highly-pourous material is able to yield water directly from the atmosphere.…

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The Rise and Fall of Civilisations

Cyclic Apocalypses

#Space
Sun, June 24th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Isaac Arthur looks at the rise of fall of future civilisations on Earth and beyond -- and how that might explain the Fermi Paradox. It's…

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“Trolling America.”

Who profits from Fake News

#Politics
Sat, June 23rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Fascinating short documentary by AJ+ on Fake News: who generates them, what impact they have had, and most importatly who makes money from them. AJ+…

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“In comparison to the waste produced by every other kind of electricity production, that quantity is close to zero.”

Fears about nuclear power are dumb

#Environment
Fri, June 22nd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On Forbes, Michael Shellenberger argues in favour of nuclear power, noting that our fears on nuclear waste not only are ridiculous but that when compared…

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“If I’m upset with Facebook, what’s the equivalent product I can go sign up for?”

It is time to restrain the tech giants

#Copyright
Thu, June 21st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

With MIT calling for the data barons to be reigned in and this documentary by ReasonTV on whether or not we have the right to…

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