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China's censored Google is an ethical catastrophe

The Great Firewall of China is the largest-scale internet censorship operation in the world.<p>The Chinese state says the firewall is there to promote societal harmony within an increasing population of billions of people. It considers the internet in China as part of its sovereign territory.<p>Eight …

China

Will self-driving cars kill parking?

Some people have postulated that autonomous ridesharing cars will never need to park and cities of the future will not need street parking, parking lots or parking garages. But parking is far from dead. In fact, the $100 billion market may be poised to grow.<p>We’ve heard from parking startup founders …

Ridesharing

This is how the robot uprising finally begins - MIT Technology Review

The robot arm is performing a peculiar kind of Sisyphean task. It hovers over a glistening pile of cooked chicken parts, dips down, and retrieves a …

Artificial Intelligence

Why the middle class can’t afford life in America anymore

After spending his days teaching AP American history and economics at the public Live Oak High School in San Jose, Calif., Matt Barry drives for Uber.<p>…

Everyone has their own idea of downtime – so why are video games stigmatised as a juvenile hobby?

opinion<p>Seasoned scribbler and content producer. He's also got an unhealthy appetite for Pixar films and LEGO<p><b>Video games are nothing to turn one’s</b> …

Call of Duty (Video Game)

Do Just 1 Thing Differently to Learn Faster and Remember Longer: No Extra Time, Effort, or Technology Required

You don't even have to change the manner in which you study or practice. You only have to do this.<p>Even though many people feel that success is all about whom you know, success is almost always based on <i>what</i> you know. That's why so many people want to learn faster, retain more information, and …

How to Earn Passive Income: 15 Ways to Consider

It's hard to beat passive income. Instead of toiling for it, you can sit back and let the money flow in. Here are 15 examples of how you might …

Personal Finance

UBI — Universal Basic Income, explained simply

● 1. UBI stands for Unconditional/Universal Basic Income.<p>● 2. UBI is a foundational income floor. It lifts everyone up out of poverty where we all …

Universal Basic Income

Stop working, universal basic income is ready to go mainstream

Universal basic income (UBI) is a 500-year-old idea that will finally go mainstream in 2018. Invented by Sir Thomas More in Utopia, his 1516 "no …

Keep cool and carry on with the Hisense Hi-Smart Portable AC

Staying cool has never been quite so easy, thanks to the Hisense Hi-Smart Portable AC unit, otherwise known as your best friend this summer. The …

AI Won't Save Us From Pointless Jobs Unless We Let It

In his amusing but all-too-real essay On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs, anthropologist David Graeber argues that an epidemic of made-up jobs is subjecting grave psychological harm on the populous. “It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all …

Robots are coming for jobs of as many as 800 million worldwide

Machine operators, fast-food workers and back-office employees are among those who will be most affected if automation spreads quickly through the …

HDMI 2.1 is here with 10K and Dynamic HDR support

Back in January, the HDMI Forum unveiled its new specifications for the HDMI connector, called HDMI 2.1. Now, that HDMI specification is available to all vendors who have already adopted HDMI 2.0. It's backwards compatible with all previous HDMI specifications.<p>The focus of HDMI 2.1 is on higher …

It's time to rebuild the world for robots

We redesigned the world for automobiles and now it's time to redesign it for robots.<p>To understand why, consider the sad story of the clothes-folding …

Omni storage now earns you money by renting out your stuff

“We want to change behavior around ownership on the planet,” says Omni co-founder Thomas McLeod. First, it built an on-demand storage business, where you can get things picked up from your place in as little as two hours, pay a monthly fee to store them depending on their size and get them …

Gorgeous smartwatch with Amazon Alexa — just $129.99

Everybody knows of the super quality and price associated with Martian watches already, but this new model blows all of its competition out of the …

Scientists have developed a battery that gets its power from human spit

And now, thanks to a miracle of modern science, you can make a battery using spit.<p>Researchers at Binghamton University have created a paper-based bacteria-powered battery.<p>One drop of saliva can activate the device, which can generate enough electricity to power an LED light for around 20 …

Clean Energy

A basic income really could end poverty forever

But to become a reality, it needs to get detailed and stop being oversold.<p>I first heard the term “basic income” in the socialist magazine Dissent in 2005. I was a 15-year-old leftist with a taste for weird, radical plans to restructure society: say, having the government buy up majority stakes in …

No, an Amazon Echo didn’t call the police – here’s why

<b>It was a tale of technology to the rescue – as a an allegedly violent boyfriend was shopped to the police after an Amazon Echo called local …

Robots stealing human jobs isn't the problem. This is.

A 15-hour work week. That's what influential economist John Maynard Keynes prophesied in his famous 1930 essay "Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren," forecasting that in the next century technology would make us so productive we wouldn't know what to do with all our free time.<p>This is not …

Universal Basic Income

AI and Robots Will Change the Way We Create and Consume Content

Opportunity in Automation<p>Automation will force most people out of a job and society will eventually be forced to adopt some form of universal basic …

How AR and computer vision will impact our lives for the better

Technology moves at breakneck speed, and we now have more power in our pockets than we had in our homes in the 1990s. Augmented reality (AR) has been a fascinating concept of science fiction for decades, but many researchers think we’re finally getting close to making AR a reality thanks to …

Automation, Robots, and Job Losses Could Make Universal Income a Reality

The rise of automation and resulting job losses could force the federal government to guarantee some income for everyone, but that won’t happen for …

‘Westworld’-style robots could live among us by 2027

Robots that think and feel emotions like humans will enter our homes in as little as ten years.<p>That’s according to Mark Sagar, chief executive of …

Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and April 2018 Update added even more bells and whistles to Microsoft's powerhouse operating system.<p>PCMag reviews …

Artificial Intelligence Confounds Its Creators

For most people, artificial intelligence is Siri, the lovable but modest digital assistant on iPhones.<p>She can’t really do much beyond answering simple questions. She’s harmless.<p>Advanced artificial intelligence is far from that. Algorithms are constantly learning, often in unusual ways, and at an …

10 Business Ideas to Make Easy Money and Change the World

If problems are opportunities to sell solutions, this world is very rich with opportunities.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Up-and-coming generations have become increasingly conscious of world issues and they are motivated to make a difference. From being better …

Chatbots

Windows 10 S locks default to Edge and Bing. What's Microsoft teaching us?

<b>Correction, May 4, 2017:</b> <i>It's free for schools to upgrade from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro.</i><p>May 2, Microsoft held an event to launch a new education-focused version of its Windows 10 operating system that can run on ultracheap laptops. Windows 10 S is a locked-down version of Windows 10 Pro: …

Microsoft’s Kinect and HoloLens inventor thinks ‘the phone is already dead’

Alex Kipman, one of Microsoft’s top technical fellows, believes the age of the smartphone is over. “The phone is already dead,” says Kipman, in an interview with <i>Bloomberg</i>. “People just haven’t realized.” Kipman reportedly believes that a mixed reality device like HoloLens will replace the phone, …

Almost every speed limit is too low

When lieutenant Gary Megge of the Michigan State Police attends a meeting, he sometimes asks, “How many of you broke the speed limit on your way here?”<p>Hearing his question, you might assume that lieutenant Megge is a particularly zealous police officer. The type of person who walks half a city …

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