Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Husband Storage Pods

"[T]he Global Harbour mall in Shanghai has erected a number of glass pods for wives to leave any disgruntled husbands that don't want to be dragged around the shops. Inside each individual pod is a chair, monitor, computer and gamepad, and men can sit and play retro 1990s games."

Google Glass Enterprise

"Google Glass rises again -- at work"

Hypnotic Illustrations

"The hypnotic illustrations of Visoth Kakvei"

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Star Wars Hotel

"At an upcoming Star Wars-themed hotel in Disney World in Orlando, Florida, employees will stay in costume and in character at all times."

Gecko Feet For Space

"NASA looked to gecko feet for its latest space innovation"

Musk On AI

"Elon Musk Says Artificial Intelligence Is the 'Greatest Risk We Face as a Civilization'". He made this latest warning in a speech to the National Governors Association on July 15, 2017.

Of course, if the US imposes unilateral restrictions on AI research, other countries will less regulation and/or less concern for AI safety will gladly take the lead: "China may match or beat America in AI".

Monday, July 17, 2017

History Of Boozing

"Ancient Humans Liked Getting Tipsy, Too"

Facial Recognition At Airports

"If You Get Your Face Scanned the Next Time You Fly, Here's What You Should Know"

Greatest Props

"The 100 Greatest Props in Movie History, and the Stories Behind Them".

I completely approve of their choice for #1.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Eclipse Chasers

 "How Eclipse Chasers Are Putting a Small Kentucky Town on the Map"

I know several friends who will be enjoying the eclipse! And I liked this quote from astronomer Tyler Nordgren:
Make no mistake. The difference between whether you're inside the path of totality or outside it is literally the difference between night and day. No other experience comes close to the multisensory strangeness of this most unnatural of natural events.

Insecure Two-Factor Systems

"Two-factor authentication is a mess"

Font Could Decide Corruption Case

A corruption case in Pakistan could hinge on a font.

One side is claiming a key document is a forgery because it was printed in the Calibri font, which wasn't available at the time.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bought For 100 Euros, Sold For 45,000 Euros

"A 100 euros typewriter has sold for 45,000 euros ($51,500) at auction, after it was discovered it was actually a German Wehrmacht Enigma I":
Cristian Gavrila, the collectible consignment manager at Artmark, told Reuters: "The collector bought it from a flea market. He's a cryptography professor and... he knew very well what he was buying."

My Kind Of Startup

"This startup will fight your traffic ticket for you"

Sex Robot Update

Nature: "Let's talk about sex robots". (Via A.A.)

Great Red Spot

"The Closest-Ever Shot of the Great Red Spot"

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Raphael

"Unknown Raphael Paintings Discovered in the Vatican"

Internet Cat Simulator

"The Internet cat simulator (you can set parameters for meowing and purring)"

What Could Go Wrong?

Time sink of the day: "What Could Go Wrong?

BTW, some of these can be disturbing, as indicated by the NSFL tag. #OMG. #HoldMyBeer

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

More Robo-Journalism

"Google funds robot-written news":
The aim: to crank out up to 30,000 stories a month that will be distributed by the Press Association to hundreds of news outlets in the U.K. and Ireland. The stories will be automated with the help of artificial intelligence — and a handful of human journalists.

“Skilled human journalists will still be vital in the process, but Radar allows us to harness artificial intelligence to scale up to a volume of local stories that would be impossible to provide manually,” Peter Clifton, editor-in-chief of the Press Association, told the Guardian. Radar stands for Reporters and Data and Robots.

History Of Equals Sign

"The strange and righteous history of the equals sign". (Via H.R.)

Asteroid Panic

"Would you kill to stop an asteroid panic?"

My own opinions:

1) This sounds like a great premise for a TV show.

2) This sort of truth should absolutely be told to the public. Hiding it (and killing people who know) goes against core principles of openness and respect for truth. Governments should tell the people and let them decide the consequences.