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‘Side Hustle’ as a Sign of the Apocalypse

January 14th, 2017

Definitely related: L.A. Coliving: PodShare Via: Medium: “These days, everyone needs a side hustle,” starts the Uber commercial recruiting new drivers. And it’s got bouncy music and the dude is hip and it makes it sound like this is super fun and I’m sitting there thinking: Are they seriously trying to make a “second job” […]

Why Smart People Don’t Multitask

January 12th, 2017

Via: CNBC: You may have heard that multitasking is bad for you, but studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Every time you multitask you aren’t just harming your performance in the moment; you may very well be damaging an area of your brain that’s critical to your future […]

Facebook: Building 8

January 12th, 2017

Wikipedia: Transcranial Pulsed Ultrasound: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is undergoing research to develop a helmet that could control the minds of soldiers through the use of TPU. It would have the potential to control a soldier’s stress and anxiety levels with the click of a remote controlled button.[5] Sound waves would target specific […]

European Parliament Considers Legal Status of Robots

January 12th, 2017

Via: Guardian: The European parliament has urged the drafting of a set of regulations to govern the use and creation of robots and artificial intelligence, including a form of “electronic personhood” to ensure rights and responsibilities for the most capable AI. In a 17-2 vote, with two abstentions, the parliament’s legal affairs committee passed the […]

China Has Wealth of Data on What Individuals Are Doing at a Micro Level

January 11th, 2017

Most of what sounds grim about this situation in China is the same in the U.S. Via: CBC: Living in China, it’s safe to assume pretty much everything about you is known — or easily can be known — by the government. Where you go, who you’re with, which restaurants you like, when and why […]

Hand-Powered Ultralow-Cost Paper Centrifuge

January 11th, 2017

Via: Nature: In a global-health context, commercial centrifuges are expensive, bulky and electricity-powered, and thus constitute a critical bottleneck in the development of decentralized, battery-free point-of-care diagnostic devices. Here, we report an ultralow-cost (20?cents), lightweight (2?g), human-powered paper centrifuge (which we name ‘paperfuge’) designed on the basis of a theoretical model inspired by the fundamental […]

Bitcoin Slides as China’s Central Bank Launches Checks on Exchanges

January 11th, 2017

Via: Reuters: China’s central bank launched spot checks on leading bitcoin exchanges in Beijing and Shanghai, ratcheting up pressure on potential capital outflows and knocking the price of the cryptocurrency down more than 12 percent against the dollar. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said its probe of bitcoin exchanges BTCC, Huobi and OKCoin was […]

‘Shadow Brokers’ Selling NSA Cyberweapons Targeting Windows

January 10th, 2017

Via: Cyberscoop: A mysterious group that claims to have stolen tools once used by the NSA published material Sunday to show it is in possession of Microsoft Windows software exploits. Screenshots of the alleged exploits in use, along with a comprehensive list of filenames and directories were all shared by the enigmatic group the “Shadow […]

Pentagon Successfully Tests Micro-Drone Swarm

January 10th, 2017

Via: Physorg: The Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials on Monday said it had successfully tested a swarm of 103 micro-drones. The important step in the development of new autonomous weapon systems was made possible by improvements in artificial intelligence, holding open the possibility that groups […]

Terror Suspects Could be Forced to Wear Electronic Tags Under Radical Proposal from German Justice Minister

January 9th, 2017

Do you get it yet? Do you see what becomes possible when they create the problem in the first place? If you think this would just be used on “Islamic extremists,” read the statement from Heiko Maas carefully: “The use of ankle tags should not be only available for convicted criminals after release from prison, […]

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