Category Archives: technology

How we need to remake the internet

In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge — but even then, this vision was haunted by the dark side of how it … Continue reading

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Apple engineer killed in Tesla car operating in driverless mode

Electric car company Tesla has confirmed that a recent fatal crash involving one of its vehicles occurred while the car was in autopilot mode. Source: Apple engineer killed in Tesla car operating in driverless mode

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Archaeologists Discover What May Be the World’s Oldest Crayon – Colossal

Archaeologists working on a site near an ancient lake in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK say they may have discovered one of the earliest examples of a crayon. The reddish-brown piece of ochre is thought to have been used 10,000 years … Continue reading

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New Algorithm Lets AI Learn From Mistakes, Become a Little More Human

OpenAI’s latest algorithm lets AI learn from its mistakes by re-framing past failures. This method helps AI to learn faster and do so better. Source: New Algorithm Lets AI Learn From Mistakes, Become a Little More Human

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AI Learns to Read Sentiment Without Being Trained to Do So

OpenAI researchers surprised to discover a neural network trained to predict the next text character in Amazon reviews taught itself to analyze sentiment. Source: AI Learns to Read Sentiment Without Being Trained to Do So

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Apple celebrates Brazilian Carnival with lively ‘Selfies on iPhone X’ ad and more – 9to5Mac

Apple has today shared a new video celebrating Carnival in Brazil that showcases the iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting camera feature. The new promotion for Carnival has taken over the company’s Brazilian homepage with the tagline “The biggest party in Brazil is even more … Continue reading

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Inside the world of Brazil’s social media cyborgs

A BBC Brasil investigation speaks to people hired to run fake accounts bolstering politicians. Source: Inside the world of Brazil’s social media cyborgs

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Who was Gertrude Jekyll, and where to see the rose and garden named after her — Metro

(Picture: Google)If you tried to search the internet this morning you may have been greeted by a rather colourful display by the world’s favourite search engine. Star Wars’ Mark Hamill ‘used wheelchair to escape pestering fan’ Today’s Google Doodle honours … Continue reading

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Lockheed Martin unveils reusable water-powered Mars lander

A reusable, water-powered Mars lander that will allow humans to explore the Red Planet from an orbiting ‘base camp’ as early as the 2030s was unveiled Friday by US defence giant Lockheed Martin. Source: Lockheed Martin unveils reusable water-powered Mars … Continue reading

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A “Living” Chandelier Filled with Algae by Julian Melchiorri | Colossal

London-based designer and engineer Julian Melchiorri has designed an elegant new lighting solution that is part chandelier and part living organism. Titled Exhale, the piece is comprised of 70 glass petals of varying shape that contain a solution of green … Continue reading

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