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…
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…
On YouTube, TheCrazyFramer shows you how to build a house from start to finish entirely on your own.71More
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.74More
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,…
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.
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…
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."
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…
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