News Index

"The American auto industry will face a death spiral of epic proportions."

Electric self-driving "transport-as-a-service" will obliterate car dealerships and sales of traditional gasoline-powered cars

Sun, May 28th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Greentech Media brings to attention a report by analyst firm RethinkX which predicts the death spiral of the American auto industry as "transport-as-a-service" (TaaS) will…


Making a Movie Inside a Video Game

Terminator 2 Recreated with Grand Theft Auto V

Sat, May 27th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Using self-created models, Mikhail Kramer recreated the entire Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie using Grand Theft Auto V as his camera. It's really well done.…


"Maybe someone liked my stuff."

You are the product of the attention economy

Fri, May 26th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to Vice, your attention is a valuable commodity traded on the internet: the more attention a site has, the more effective the advertising, the…


"You could be targeted for ads for things you don’t even realize that you like."

Facebook has not ruled out the ability of using its neural interface for advertising

Thu, May 25th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

While Instagram has been labelled as the "most harmful social network for your mental health," Facebook's neural interface — a system that would allow a…


"The machine had gotten inside the human’s head."

20 years ago, Deep Blue beat world champion chess player Garry Kasparov

Wed, May 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

On BackChannel, Steven Levy looks at the "indelible dot on all timelines of AI progress" when on February 1997, IBM's Deep Blue would defeat world…


Smart Solar Panel Window Blinds


Tue, May 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Currently seeking your financial support on Kickstarter, SolarGaps are sun-tracking photovoltaic solar panel window blinds capable of generating up to "00W-150W of renewable energy per…


“You become more difficult for an algorithm to understand, market to, or manipulate.”

Purposely create meaningless meta-data

Mon, May 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

After the recent decision of the FCC to kill customer's private data — which if collected and sold is probably far more valuable than just…


AI Inception

Using an AI system to create a better AI system

Sun, May 21st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to Futurism, the Google I/O '17 conference has brought to light the AutoML, an artificial intelligence system that is capable of creating better versions…


"How will that impact human evolution going forward?"

The end of random mutations

Sat, May 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this episode of PBS Digital Studios, host Joe Hanson, Ph.D. looks at the impact on human evolution CRISPR will have once "nonrandom mutation and…


"The most automated warehouse of its kind"

Using AI and automation to handle logistics

Fri, May 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Wired has this video of the Ocado's warehouse in Dordon, north-east of Birmingham, which uses automation and AI to solve a rather gigantic issue of…


"Low-cost solar and human-powered vehicle."

Battery-assisted electric bicycles for Africa

Thu, May 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Electrek shows off the Solar-E-Cycle, a battery-assisted electric bicycle with a built-in solar panel that not only allows travelling 50 km at 50 km/h, but…


Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans

The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band rewritten to tell Star Wars: A New Hope

Wed, May 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

A remarkable five year project, Palette Swap Ninja has rewritten The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to tell Star Wars: A New Hope,…


"Contact could mean extraordinary things for humanity if it happens soon."

Scientists are adamant we'll make alien contact in the next decade

Tue, May 16th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to Futurism advances in current technology may lead to the answer as to whether we are alone in the universe and the implications this…


A Brief History of the Entire World, I Think

In like, what, 20 minutes?

Mon, May 15th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Much like his history of japan video, Bill Wurtz quickly (and just as weirdly) explains the "history of the entire world, i guess" in just…


Changing the Oil of Your Car is so Easy, Even a Kid Can Do It

Little How To Girl

Sun, May 14th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

If you're like me, debating whether an oil change is something you can do or if it should be left to the experts, this how-to…


"Synthetic biology is the realm of creating life from scratch."

Bioengineering is almost a thing

Sat, May 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Futurism has this piece on Synthetic Biology, a process for creating biological systems that "do not exist in nature," which promise the ability to create…


"Immigration policy has left many worried that there simply won’t be enough immigrant workers to meet the demand."

Apple picking robot

Fri, May 12th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

With a concern that U.S. immigration policies may prevent farmers from hiring fruit pickers, Futurism shows off the apple picking robot by startup Abundant Robotics,…


"By controlling the pace of the autonomous car in the study, they were able to smooth out the traffic flow for all the cars"

Using self-driving vehicles to regulate traffic flow

Thu, May 11th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Phys brings to attention the research done by Daniel Work, assistant professor of civil environmental engineering at the University of Illinois, which indicates that a…


"We've been able to take a can of spray paint and put a touch screen on almost anything."

Touchscreen in a can

Wed, May 10th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to Cnet, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have come up with Electrick, a "low-cost touch-sensing technology," which allows to turn pretty much any surface…


"The 20th century will be humanity’s high-water mark."

We live in a funny dystopia -- funny as in funny smell

Tue, May 9th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

If you think the world has gone crazy and makes absolutely no sense, not to worry: not only are you not alone, but Jon Evans…