Tag: Technology

Direct from the Uncanny Valley: Affetto, the freaky child android head

This is the new version of Affetto, the robot child head that’s a testbed for synthetic facial expressions. According to the Osaka University researchers who birthed Affeto, their goal is to “offer a path for androids to express greater ranges of emotion, and ultimately have deeper interaction with humans.” From Osaka University: […]

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The Punctured Myth of Sheryl Sandberg

It’s been five years since Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook,published her manifesto, Lean In, urging women not to sell themselves short at work or doubt their ability to balance a family with a career. Though controversial, the book was a mega-bestseller, selling more than four million copies. […]

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Volkswagen and Ford Move Closer to an Agreement on Autonomy, Electrification, Assembly

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. continue to become more chummy with each passing day. They may even be on the cusp of sittin’ in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. After signing a Memorandum of Understanding in June, executives are now hinting at widespread collaboration. Ford wants help in Europe and Latin America, areas […]

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ecoLogicStudio fights global climate change with bio-digital urban curtain

london-based architectural and design studio ecoLogicStudio has revealed during dublin’s climate innovation summit 2018 a large-scale installation dubbed photo.synth.etica. created in collaboration with climate-KIC — EU’s most prominent climate innovation initiative — the urban curtain aims to accelerate solutions to global climate change by capturing CO2 from the atmosphere and […]

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Virtual Reality Is Unlocking Learning Potential Like Never Before

Uproxx Virtual reality doesn’t just have the capacity to transport us to new worlds, it has the ability to help us more fully understand our very existence. The futuristic medium is compelling, visceral, and deeply immersive. And while these are all words to describe VR, they’re also words we wish […]

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Previews: KATSU – “Drone” @ Diane Rosenstein Gallery

Tonight at Diane Rosenstein Gallery in Los Angeles, the evolution of graffiti will be on display with a new solo show from the notorious KATSU. Entitled Drone, the new exhibition continues the New York-based writer’s experimentation with incorporating technology into his work with paintings created by using a mountable remote sprayer on a quadcopter drone. The proof of technique […]

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Artist Spotlight: Laura Moore

Love these stone-carved handhelds by Toronto-based artist Laura Moore. Incorporating her “penchant for scavenging,” Moore’s projects frequently involve an act of discovery and unexpected monumentalization. Whether it’s an old computer monitor, memory stick or cell phone, Moore’s collection of discarded devices — immortalized in stone — can’t help but draw out issues of technological waste […]

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This is what a Facebook election security charm offensive looks like

Facebook is working very hard right now to prove it can be trusted to protect users from malicious fake news, political disinformation, and cyberattacks intended to throw the 2018 midterms. What Facebook is not doing: providing details. The social media giant invited reporters yesterday into what they’re calling their “war room” (ugh), a new workspace […]

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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, RIP

Paul Allen, billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, philanthropist, science fiction fan, and founder of Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (formerly the Experience Museum Project), has died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 65. “From technology to science to music to art, I’m inspired by those who’ve blurred the boundaries, who’ve looked at […]

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Cybernetics Pioneer Norbert Wiener on the Malady of “Content” and How to Save Creative Culture from the Syphoning of Substance

“Our task is not to find the maximum amount of content in a work of art,” Susan Sontag wrote in 1964. “Our task is to cut back content so that we can see the thing at all.” I have thought about Sontag’s prescience again and again in my decade-plus on the internet, watching creative culture […]

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Twitter is bringing back the reverse chronological feed of tweets

“We’re working on new ways to give you more control over your timeline,” Twitter Support tweeted tonight (during the Emmys live broadcast). Better harassment and abuse protections, you say? Nope. They’re bringing back the reverse chronological feed. Tweets below. 2/ We’ve learned that when showing the best Tweets first, people find Twitter more relevant and […]

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Apple’s claims about recycling and sustainability are kinda entirely nonsense

Apple has always talked a good game where recycling and environmentalism are concerned. They’re quick to point out that they recycle what they can and are always on the hunt for new, sustainable manufacturing practices to adopt. They’ve got robots named Liam that take old stuff apart to make new stuff! While the company’s PR […]

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Mozilla’s Firefox & Apple’s Safari browsers add anti-Facebook and Google privacy protections

Care about your data privacy? Here’s a good reason to stop using the Google Chrome browser, and use Firefox or Safari instead on your desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Facebook, Google, and many other online ad businesses are tracking pretty much everything you do online, through your web browser and apps, to figure out how […]

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Apple Watch Series 4: A Closer First Look [PHOTOS]

At today’s Apple Event in Cupertino, the company unveiled a Series 4 of its watch, and repositioned it as more of a health device. The Apple Watch Series 4 now packs an electrocardiogram, fall detection, and an impressive updated display. Photos and official launch day details, below. The promise, from Apple: “help users stay connected, […]

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The Woman Who Smashed Codes: The Untold Story of Cryptography Pioneer Elizebeth Friedman

While computing pioneer Alan Turing was breaking Nazi communication in England, eleven thousand women, unbeknownst to their contemporaries and to most of us who constitute their posterity, were breaking enemy code in America — unsung heroines who helped defeat the Nazis and win WWII. Among them was American cryptography pioneer Elizebeth Friedman (August 26, 1892–October […]

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California lawmakers vote to make electricity emissions-free by 2045

“This is a pivotal moment for California, for the country, and the world.” On Tuesday, California state lawmakers passed SB100, a major bill that would commit to making the state’s electricity supply completely emissions-free by the year 2045. SB100 passed 43-32. Mother Jones reports the bill would amend California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which currently requires […]

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Google and several other tech companies pushing for a new federal privacy law

Online privacy is a touchy subject, with all of us falling on different parts of the how-much-do-I-actually-care spectrum. In general, though, most people seem to understand that the companies whose products we use or rely on daily, like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, are collecting a lot of data on them. The creepiness factor is real, […]

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US bosses now earn 312 times the average worker’s wage, figures show

The chief executives of America’s top 350 companies earned 312 times more than their workers on average last year, according to a new report published Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute. The rise came after the bosses of America’s largest companies got an average pay rise of 17.6% in 2017, taking home an average of […]

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Health Care, Tech Jobs Top List Of Highest-Paying Work In U.S.

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (CBS Local) – Americans eager for a high-paying job might want to focus on two industries: health care and technology. That’s because 18 out of the 25 highest-paying jobs are within those two sectors, according to a new analysis of salary data from employment site Glassdoor. The study analyzed data for job […]

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