“It is full of hallucinations both wonderful and terrifying, a mental goulash of reality and fantasy.”

MIT's System for Dream Control


Wed, Apr 25th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Motherboard developed a method to keep users suspended in hypnagogia — a dream-like state of mind between wakefulness and sleep identified as a place of "bursts of creativity and mental clarity" — for longer periods of time.

Horowitz tested the first version of Dormio on six volunteers from MIT. The participants would arrive at the lab in the early evening and lay down on a couch to go to sleep. As they were falling asleep, the Jibo robot would prompt them with one of two phrases: “remember to think about a rabbit” or “remember to think about a fork.” When the Dormio system detected the participants were falling asleep, the robot would say their name and “you are falling asleep.”

This is the equivalent of Edison dropping his steel balls, but…


“What life is like on the front lines of the digital revolution.”

Working for Amazon is beyond shitty


Tue, Apr 24th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In his new book Hired: Six Months Undercover In Low Wage Britain writer and journalist James Bloodworth goes undercover at Amazon to find out what life is like for those working in its warehouses. And while the online retailer says otherwise, it sounds as if its "fulfilment" centres are anything but.

“You carried around with you this hand-held electronic device which would monitor whereabouts you were in the warehouse. It was also a countdown timer, so as soon as you collected your item, because you spend most of your day scanning items and putting them in baskets, as soon as you scan an item the timer would flip and it would be counting down”, he explains. According to James, employees had to follow this timer all day. It’s the sort of gamification that Amazon would never want to see streamed on Twitch.

This is all part of…


“How to build a house.”

Entirely on your own


Mon, Apr 23rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On YouTube, TheCrazyFramer shows you how to build a house — from start to finish — entirely on your own.


A Really Fast Electric Skateboard

A Guide to Build a Fast Electric Skateboard at Home


Sun, Apr 22nd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit reading more like a recommendation of parts if you want to try doing this yourself, Electric Skateboard DIY website gives you a very basic run-down on how to build an electric skateboard that goes from zero to 50km/h in 3 seconds. The video is insane.


“That's how different these results are becoming.”

Filter Bubbles: The Shape of the Nightmare to Come


Sat, Apr 21st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Social media giants are not interested in keeping you educated or informed, only that you stick around as much as possible so that they can earn more and more advertising dollars. With more people relying to get their news online, this is creating a power shift towards Silicon Valley who now controls the exposure of news. A scary nightmare only some people are talking about:

[...] over the past 18 months a drumbeat of concerns about the personal and societal impacts of technology has been growing – and it crescendoed last week in the congressional grilling of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about his company’s power and impact on American life. More broadly the concerns are highlighted by headlines about the “Heavy Toll of ‘Always On’ Technology,” the emergence of a “techlash” driven by people’s disillusionment with the online environment,…


“Wouldn't it be nice if you were rewarded for all of the little good things you do.”

Why China's Social Credit Score is popular


Fri, Apr 20th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Rebecca Watson explains why China's emerging dystopia is actually really popular.


“Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

How to Become Dictator of the United States


Thu, Apr 19th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit you first need to become the President of the United States, this helpful guide will show you what you need to do to become its dictator.

The first step toward becoming a dictator is to capitalize on a crisis.


“For the first time in the world, AI will run in an election.”

AI candidate for mayor


Wed, Apr 18th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to grape, the world's first AI candidate is running for mayor in Tama City, Tokyo. The AI is actually the avatar for mayoral candidate Michito Matsuda who wants to use artificial intelligence to "conduct impartial and balanced politics". Meanwhile The Guardian calls Facebook a tyranny — maybe from its questionable use of AI? — and warns that governments are not built to stop it. Oh, and if you don't want to delete Facebook, maybe get this.

The nefarious uses of our personal data abound. If Cambridge Analytica can get it, what’s stopping a government from getting it, too? The greatest tyranny yet would be the merging of corporate monopoly and governmental power to create the most invasive surveillance state in history.

Many ideas for regulatory reforms to protect privacy fail to address the governance problems we face. Our government was not built to…


“Is curing patients a sustainable business model?”

No financial incentive in creating definite cures


Tue, Apr 17th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to CNBC, a report by a Goldman Sachs analysts notes that gene therapy treatment could be "bad for business in the long run."

"The potential to deliver 'one shot cures' is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy, genetically-engineered cell therapy and gene editing. However, such treatments offer a very different outlook with regard to recurring revenue versus chronic therapies," analyst Salveen Richter wrote in the note to clients Tuesday. "While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow."


“The price of free is actually too high.”

The Internet noticed it turned into crap


Mon, Apr 16th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

From Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, lamenting what the web has become, to O'Reilly's Mike Loukides on rebuilding it, the Internet has become aware that it has been weaponised by the few that control it. And while the Internet is sorry will something good come out of this? Probably not.

There have always been outsiders who criticized the tech industry — even if their concerns have been drowned out by the oohs and aahs of consumers, investors, and journalists. But today, the most dire warnings are coming from the heart of Silicon Valley itself. The man who oversaw the creation of the original iPhone believes the device he helped build is too addictive. The inventor of the World Wide Web fears his creation is being “weaponized.” Even Sean Parker, Facebook’s…

Mar 20“Facebook is a data collection service for those who want to sell you products.” #deleteFacebook #Internet
Mar 17“The Pentagon’s relatively quiet tip-toe into converting the U.S. Armed Forces to a machine-majority force.” #Future
Mar 18“The idea is that someday in the future scientists will scan your bricked brain and turn it into a computer simulation.” #Future
Mar 19“Regular exposure to humans results in white patches in the fur.” #Animals
Apr 01“Google's DNS resolver is great, but diversity is good and we thought we could do even better.” #Privacy
Mar 22“Everyone is doing it.” #Privacy
Mar 24Pirelli #Photography
Mar 25Queen's Park #Photography
Mar 23“Democracy is dying in the full light of day. Who will step in and lead when it matters?” #Internet
Mar 26“I'm not by default optimistic.” #Future
Apr 02“I think the bigger challenge for the global population is growing food in these conditions.” #Environment
Mar 28“Most have no idea who these companies are and how they got their data on them.” #Privacy
Apr 24“What life is like on the front lines of the digital revolution.”
Apr 23“How to build a house.”
Aug 29Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine
Aug 13Humans Need Not Apply
Apr 25“It is full of hallucinations both wonderful and terrifying, a mental goulash of reality and fantasy.”
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Feb 10Mr. Plough
Sep 16“Instead of consuming fossil fuels, it would then feed surplus electricity into the grid.”
Nov 23Knowing how to operate a smartphone does not qualify as being tech savvy.
Nov 22When the Wrong Hastag Can Get You Killed by an Assassination Drone
Sep 28"Acting better than Star Trek deserves."
Jan 11How to Avoid Jury Duty