“Airbus says his company already has the technology to fly passenger planes without pilots at all.”

Pilots could be another victim of automation

#Travel

Wed, Jun 19th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Business Insider, Airbus reports it already has the technology to fly planes without pilots. The issue stopping them is regulators and public perception.

[Christian Scherer, Airbus's chief commercial officer] said: "This is not a matter of technology — it's a matter of interaction with the regulators, the perception in the traveling public."

"When can we introduce it in large commercial aircraft? That is a matter we are discussing with regulators and customers, but technology-wise, we don't see a hurdle."

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“Cheap fakes' are the new fake news.” #DeepFakes

It's hard to tell what's real and what's fake

#Technology

Tue, Jun 18th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

With the hardware requirements to create fake videos available to most consumers, the creation of fake videos is proliferating and it is getting harder and harder to determine what is real and what is not.

Deepfakes are videos and images that have been digitally manipulated to depict people saying and doing things that never happened. Most deepfakes use artificial intelligence to alter video and to generate authentic-sounding audio. These clips are often produced to fool viewers, and are optimized to spread rapidly on social media.

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“They created a dictatorship without mercy.”

If the Green Party was to take over Germany

#Humour

Mon, Jun 17th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In Das Grüne Reich (the Green Realm) we watch as the Green Party wins the elections in Germany and turns itself into a dictatorship without mercy.

Deutschland in der nahen Zukunft: Die Grünen sind an der Macht und haben eine Diktatur der Verbote errichtet. Doch im Untergrund kämpft ein Mann gegen den autoritären Ökologismus. Willkommen im Grünen Reich.

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“It knows the very contours of my face.”

The era of surveillance is already here according to news from around the world

#Privacy

Sat, Jun 15th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Nautilus, Barclay Bram looks at the invasive power of WeChat on the lives of its citizens.

People are regularly arrested for messages they send in “private” group chats.

Vice warns of how future credit scores will be based on AI and social media behaviour, giving a whole new way to evaluate people.

More recently, credit companies have started to use machine learning and offer "alternative credit" as a way to reduce bias in credit scores. The idea is to use data that isn't normally included in a credit score to try and get a sense for how trustworthy someone might be. All data is potential credit data, these companies argue, which could include everything from your sexual orientation to your political beliefs, and even what high school you went to.

Quartz reports how Hong Kong protesters avoided using their smart cards in fear of being…

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“What if we could create our own miniature sun here on earth?”

Why nuclear fusion is coming

#Future

Fri, Jun 14th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this video by Thoughty2 , Arran Lomas explains how the sun works, what fusion is, how it works, and why it's coming.

Fusion request the most perfect conditions to take place. I mean it is like to create the sun, in miniautre, on planet earth, in a box. That's not going to be easy.

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“Self-driving vans are actually the least novel-seeming part of the unveiling.”

Last-mile delivery with robots

#Robots

Thu, Jun 13th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to ZDNet BoxBot is a new company focusing on autonomous last-mile deliveries. Recently emerged from stealth, the goal of the company is not only to manage distribution centres, but also to manufacture its own delivery vehicles.

The Boxbot logistics system also includes an automated local hub where packages are received, sorted, and prepped for delivery, along with a fleet of street-based driverless vehicles. Boxbot envisions the hubs situated close to residential neighborhoods. By shipping products to them in anticipation of orders, retailers can conceivably offer fast, low-cost shipping for a fraction of the price, cutting into Amazon's massive lead.

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“This has do be done, Anderson added, within the next five years.”

We have only five years to deal with climate change

#Environment

Wed, Jun 12th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

James Anderson, a Harvard University professor of atmospheric chemistry, notes that we only have five years to save ourselves from climate change before we hit irreversible feedbacks. Professor Anderson is known for determining the effect of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) on the ozone layer.

"Can we lose 75-80 percent of permanent ice and recover? The answer is no."

The answer is no in part because of what scientists call feedbacks, some of the ways the earth responds to warming. Among those feedbacks is the release of methane currently trapped in permafrost and under the sea, which will exacerbate warming. Another is the pending collapse of the Greenland ice sheet, which Anderson said will raise sea level by 7 meters (about 23 feet).

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“A decentralized network of 3d gun-printing advocates has mobilized online.” #3DPrinting #GunControl #Decentralized

3D printed guns

#Technology

Tue, Jun 11th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Tony Jacix has this fascinating video that looks at the growing world of gunsmiths who print their weapons using 3D printers.

Ivan says he knows of at least 100 people who are actively developing 3D-printed gun technology, and claims thousands are taking part in the network.

The group uploads CAD files to different media-hosting services underpinned by blockchain. Ivan claims their groups AR15 model is far superior to anything in the public domain.

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“How far fake watches have come.”

It is getting harder and harder to distinguish fakes

#Crime

Mon, Jun 10th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Gizmodo brings to attention this video by Watchfinder & Co. in which they compare a real Rolex next to a fake one and showcase just how good fakes have become.

By itself, the fake Rolex Daytona does almost everything right, to the point of using the same steel as the real thing for its case and bracelet, actual ceramic in the bezel surrounding the watch face, and a near-perfect replica of the Rolex’s mechanical movement inside. Where it falls apart is when you really start to study the fit and finish of the fake. Rolex still relies on skilled craftspersons for many parts of its manufacturing process, resulting in highly polished finishes and smooth detailing, which the mass-produced fake is lacking. The details are subtle, but even the lettering on the watch face looks a…

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“The artwork makes it possible to buy followers or likes in just a few seconds.”

Quick Fix

#Art

Fri, Jun 7th, 2019 08:53 by capnasty NEWS

Quick Fix is an art installation by Belgian-based artist Dries Depoorter that, for the cost of just a few coins, allows you to get likes and followers on a vairety of social media accounts. As the name implies, this is a criticism of our addiction to social media.

“Quick Fix “is easy to use. Choose your product, pay and fill in your social media username. You receive the like or followers just a few seconds later. The accounts that like or starting to follow you are fake accounts.

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May 14“The company is losing billions, has essentially no underlying value, and its business could be hammered overnight.” #Scams
May 11“They are racing to automate their own work forces [...] with little regard for the impact on workers.” #Future
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May 29“The world’s first raspberry-picking robot is attempting to harvest one of the fruits.” #Robots
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