With MIT calling for the data barons to be reigned in and this documentary by ReasonTV on whether or not we have the right to fix our own devices, there appears to be growing backlash against the demands imposed by big tech on their consumers.
Eric Lundgren got 15 months in prison for selling pirated Microsoft software that the tech giant gives away for free. His case cuts to the heart of a major battle going on in the tech industry today: Companies are trying to preserve aspects of U.S. copyright law that give them enormous power over the products we own.
Dutch designer George Barratt-Jones has built the Cyclo Knitter, a human-powered machine that allows anyone to make a scarf in just fine minutes.
Imagine Its the midst of winter. You are cold and boared waiting for your train at the station. This pedal powered machine gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait and in the end you are left with a free scarf! That you can decide to keep yourself or give to someone who needs it more.
According to Entrepreneur, instead of using ancient DNA a la Jurassic Park researchers have opted instead to modify the DNA of a chicken to reverse-engineer them back into dinosaurs.
In an attempt to reverse evolution, the team has already made significant strides in mutating chickens back to the very creatures from which they descended. If that wasn’t enough genetic splicing and dicing, Harvard scientists attempted a similar feat recently by inserting the genes of a woolly mammoth into elephants in order to recreate the extinct beasts. Whoa baby.
IntelligenceSquared has a lengthy debate between various experts as to whether or not automation will crash democracy.
Around the world, technology is disrupting the workforce, with automation poised to displace humans in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and beyond. Will the rise of robots fuel a new wave of “us versus them” populism capable of undermining democracy?
Bloomberg introduces us to SpinLaunch Inc., a California-based startup that wants to significantly reduce the cost of launching a rocket into space by quite literally hurling it into space. While the company is vague on how the system works, NextBigFuture states that it is based on the 1997 Derek Tidman Slingatron proposal. In other words, it can launch things such as satellites but nothing delicatehumans would not survive.
SpinLaunch’s so-called kinetic energy launch system would use electricity to accelerate a projectile and help do much of the dirty work fighting through gravity and the atmosphere. In theory, this means the company could build a simpler, less expensive rocket that’s more efficient at ferrying satellites. “Some people call it a non-rocket launch,” said Yaney. “It seems crazy. It seems fantastic. But we are actually using relatively low-tech industrial components to break this problem into manageable chunks.”
Wired argues that while there have been announcements about the possibility of usable carbon removal technologies at an affordable cost they are being hyped to the point where we may not take any action to mitigate the damage we are doing.
Scientists have long speculated that so-called "negative emissions" technologies like CO2 removal could not only slow the accumulation of carbon in the air, but even reverse it. Before last week, though, all that speculation was, well, largely speculative; nobody had convincingly demonstrated how to pull off negative emissions at scale. Previous estimates had pegged the cost of sucking carbon from the skies, for instance, at $600 per ton—way too pricey to qualify as a viable cleanup solution. The findings from Carbon Engineering, which appear in the latest issue of the journal Joule, point the way toward a future in which negative emissions are not only technically possible…
According to Axios, Chinese e-commerce giant JD.COM has been using automation to remove slow, costly humans and to ensure that any purchase made before 11 AM is delivered anywhere in China the same day. Calling this a sign of things to come, Amazon is already working on reducing the number of white-collar staff.
This is the future. Like JD, its fierce e-commerce rival Alibaba has also built an entirely automated warehouse, showing how retail will probably be done in years to come everywhere including the U.S. and Europe.
When an old superhero meets his rebooted version.
Owl Guy, a retro comic book superhero, is suddenly introduced to his rebooted counterpart.
BBC Earth has made available a 10-hour long video of soothing oceascapes. Yes, TEN hours. A reminder of what's disappearing.
Be wowed by the brilliant hues of our blue planet and the incredible animals that live therewith this 10 hour loop.
If you have ever wondered what a fascist is and how that compares to a nationalist, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains their difference, the benefits of nationalism, and how the digital revolution is eroding democracy.
In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and nationalism -- and what the consolidation of our data means for the future of democracy. Appearing as a hologram live from Tel Aviv, Harari warns that the greatest danger that now faces liberal democracy is that the revolution in information technology will make dictatorships more efficient and capable of control. "The enemies of liberal democracy hack our feelings of fear and hate and vanity, and then use these feelings to polarize and destroy," Harari says. "It is the responsibility of all of…
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