News Index

“You can often hide from an AI video system with the aid of a simple color printout.”

Hiding in plain sight

Mon, April 29th, 2019 09:51 by capnasty

MIT Technology Review brings to attention this study from the Belgian university KU Leuven that demonstrates how easily video tracking technology can be fooled with…


“Earth will always be unique and living here prized.”

Matrioshka Worlds

Sun, April 28th, 2019 08:26 by capnasty

With the discovery that habitable planets are common (and with that, aliens), this video by Isaac Arthur on how humans will spread (either on the…


“The world's only solar powered train.”

Net-carbon positive travel

Sat, April 27th, 2019 08:18 by capnasty

Australian non-profit Byron Bay Railroad Company has converted a 1949-era DMU to run entirely on solar power. Robert Llewellyn takes a relaxing, sunny trip on…


“Netflix has competition now, so it must be better, right?”

Predicting the end of Netflix

Fri, April 26th, 2019 08:38 by capnasty

Now that cable is being replaced by more and more streaming services, all offering their own exclusive content, not only has piracy increased but it…


Be an Unfucker

Do your part, change one thing

Thu, April 25th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

If you have heard about global warming and climate change but don't know what it is or what you can do about it, Be An…


“It is financially insane to buy anything other than a Tesla.”

Tesla to roll out robot-taxis by 2020

Wed, April 24th, 2019 09:32 by capnasty

Elon Musk, wno noted that a human-to-computer interface is "coming soon," has also announced that by the year 2020 Tesla will have fully functioning robot…


“The idea of the self-empowered Uber driver or Airbnb host is a rarity if not an outright myth.”

The gig economy is creating the kind of horrible job conditions last faced by our great-grandparents

Tue, April 23rd, 2019 10:54 by capnasty

In The Outline, Pete Tosiello interviews Dr. Alexandrea Ravenelle, author of “Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy”, in which she argues…


“The deadlines aren't the problem. It's our failure to heed them.”

Global warming deadlines approaching fast, nothing done yet

Mon, April 22nd, 2019 10:43 by capnasty

On CNN, John D. Sutter notes that albeit there are protests, movements, electric cars, and solar panels, we are still losing our battle against climate…


“A mass of meat, ready for human consumption, with no brain or wings or feet.”

Real meat without real animals

Sat, April 20th, 2019 08:46 by capnasty

In The Atlantic Olga Khazan looks at the end of farmed meat with the growth of lab-grown meat— or as startups prefer calling, clean meat.…


“To be a creator, not only a consumer.”

Automation in Estonia

Fri, April 19th, 2019 11:30 by capnasty

Fascinating clip from VICE's The Future of Work which looks at how Estonia leveraged the power of both government and private sector to build a…


“Impossible Aerospace founder and CEO Spencer Gore hopes to make self-flying electric planes.”

Impossible Aerospace

Thu, April 18th, 2019 10:59 by capnasty

CNBC has this video showing the work being done by Impossible Aerospace in order to develop self-flying electric planes in order to make jet fuel…


“We are undergoing the greatest economic transformation in our history, and we are dealing with it by pretending nothing is happening.”

The wave of automation is coming

Wed, April 17th, 2019 11:32 by capnasty

On CNN Andrew Yang warns that we are about to witness the greatest economic transofrmation of our history not because of immigrants taking jobs but…


“No one is coming to save us.”

A call to action

Tue, April 16th, 2019 11:18 by capnasty

On The Guardian George Monbiot points out that nobody is coming to save us from the ecological apocalypse headed our way and the only thing…


“An ingenious con to squeeze everyone for more money through recurring subscription fees from multiple streaming services.”

There are too many streaming services

Mon, April 15th, 2019 10:10 by capnasty

On Mashable Raymond Wong argues that with the arrival of Disney+ we have reached streaming services peak making the whole point of cord cutting and…


“Give the robots a sense of touch.”


Fri, April 12th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

engadget brings to attention the RoCycle, a garbage sorting robot capable of recognising items by touch. Its researchers have developed a recycling robot, RoCycle, that…


“Reality might be a video game.”

Maybe. Probably. Who knows.

Thu, April 11th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

On VOX Sean Illing interviews computer scientist Rizwan Virk who believes we live in a simulation because many of the mysteries in physics are better…


“World’s largest floatplane-only airline [...] to become an electrically powered airline.”

Harbour Air to convert all its planes to be electrically powered

Wed, April 10th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

Clean Technica reports that Harbour Air is working together with MgenticX to convert its vintage fleet of float planes to be entirely electric.


“A single gene that encodes a protein responsible for age-related cognitive losses.”

Old brains as good as young ones

Tue, April 9th, 2019 11:28 by capnasty

According to New Atlas, Stanford neuroscientists have discovered that a single gene is responsible for age-related cognitive losses. After targeting it with special blocking atibodies,…


Manipulating the YouTube Algorithms

Coordinated attacks on YouTube to post misinformation

Mon, April 8th, 2019 10:58 by capnasty

The host of SmarterEveryDay shows you how misinformation is able to get past YouTube algorithms using coordinated inauthentic behavior. Part two here, part three pending.


“The golden age of YouTube [...] is over.”

YouTube shunning creators over commercial content

Sun, April 7th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

According to The Verge, many YouTube creators are finding that the golden era of YouTube — a time when it was entirely possible to make…