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People are starting to walk differently because of texting

People who look at their phones while they walk subconsciously "shorten their step length, reduce step frequency, lengthen the time during which both feet are in contact with the ground and increase obstacle clearance height,"say researchers, effectively modifying their gait in order to compensate …

Text Messaging

How Cats Took Over the Internet—And Became Art

Cat videos are watched in their millions, and are such a cultural phenomenon a New York museum has curated an entire exhibition devoted to them.<p>I’ll …

Pets

Will Intelligent Machines Find Religion?

It’s an interesting question: now that artificial intelligence is at the point where science and technology leaders are seriously debating the …

How Artificial Stupidity Can Kill Us All

Forget Skynet. The real danger isn't superintelligent machines. It's powerful dumb ones.Three items combined serendipitously to bring this peril to …

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence Could One Day Become Religious

A group of scholars and thinkers have argued that religion is not off the table, as far as artificial intelligence is confirmed.<p>In article for …

Singularity

Apple is in talks to become a wireless carrier

The absolute worst part of buying an iPhone every year is having to deal with AT&T and Verizon in order to qualify for Apple’s latest device. That could soon be a thing of the past, though, as Apple is looking to launch its own wireless network so users wouldn’t have to deal with traditional …

It's No Myth: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry

With the unemployment rate falling to 5.3 percent, the lowest in seven years, policy makers are heaving a sigh of relief. Indeed, with the technology …

Harnessing Pixar's Cute Factor, Adorable Robot Makes Debut

Harnessing Pixar’s Cute Factor, Robot’s Goal is to Light Up Your Day<p>Available to Premium &<br>Purple Members<p>Before you start filling up your calendars …

New York City

The History of Digital Typography Gets Its Own Documentary

Explore the technological evolution of printing and typefaces in Gonzalo Hergueta & MRKA's new film, '83M80.'<p>Spanish graphic designers Gonzalo Hergueta & MRKA follow the evolution of typography and digital communication in their new documentary film, <i>83M80 - Letterpress In The Digital Era</i>. The …

Typography

We Should Not Ban ‘Killer Robots,’ and Here’s Why

Yesterday, an open letter was presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, calling for a …

Artificial Intelligence

Future of Life Institute and Elon Musk propose ban on research into killer machines.

If you believe Elon Musk, you should be very, very afraid of killer robots, but maybe not for the reason you think. In an open letter published …

Artificial Intelligence

9 unlikely objects that are smarter by the second

Apparently, it isn’t enough that our phones, appliances, TVs, thermostats and light bulbs are getting Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections so we can control them remotely and teach them our habits. No — some enterprising souls are looking at their stuff and just gasping at how dumb all of it is.<p>And so, …

The Left Versus The Internet

Recently ousted Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has a depressing take on the current state of the web. In the words of a recent retrospective, Pao moans that …

Digital technology is not to blame for our hyperfast lives – Judy Wajcman

More than 40 years ago, as a young woman in Melbourne, Australia, I had a pen friend in Papua New Guinea. She lived in a coastal village, an hour’s …

Innovation

How Email Became The Most Reviled Communication Experience Ever

Email wasn’t always a source of fear and loathing. What happened? And what can we do about it–really?<p>It wasn’t until I heard that a colleague had nuked his personal email account–on purpose, for good–that it hit me: <i>Email is the most reviled personal technology ever.</i> Mat Honan, the San Francisco …

San Francisco

Google's Artificial Intelligence Speaks, and She's a Woman

Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, and all around academic bad ass. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s one of the …

Artificial Intelligence

Robots evolve with pop-culture counterparts

We've come a long way since Rosie the Robot.<p>Ever since <i>The Jetsons</i>' house-cleaning humanoid wheeled across our TV screens for the first time a half century ago, pop culture has tried to imagine what life would be like with artificial intelligence. From the amiable and cuddly (<i>Wall-E</i>, <i>Star Wars</i>) to …

Robotics

When Machines Outsmart Humans

(c) 2000, <b>Nick Bostrom</b><p><i>Futures</i>. Vol. 35:7, pp. 759 - 764, with a symposium organized around my article. For my reply to the commentaries, see …

Artificial Intelligence

Putting the digital keys to unlock data out of reach of authorities

A CONTENTIOUS debate about encryption of data on smartphones and elsewhere has become even more intense in recent weeks. A collision is unfolding between law enforcement devoted to fighting crime and terrorism and advocates of privacy and secure communications. In these chaotic digital times, both …

Privacy

The Next Wave

A Conversation WithJohn Markoff[7.16.15]<i>This can't be the end of human evolution. We have to go someplace else.</i> <i>It's quite remarkable. It's moved</i> …

Singularity

Your body, the battery: Powering gadgets from human “biofuel” | Ars Technica

If our bodies burn 2,000-2,500 calories per day anyway, that could power a smartphone.<p>Technology has always been intimately linked to the human body. …

Clean Energy

First-ever legal drone delivery takes place in the U.S.

In a U.S.-first, drones made a delivery Friday with the blessing of regulators.<p>As part of a project called "Let’s Fly Wisely," medication was …

The Internet of NO Things

<b>Welcome to a journey into the future.</b><p>I’ll ask you to enter into a thought experiment. We’ll venture ten to fifteen years into the future and try and …

Remember when we liked the Internet? Longing for a world without trolls, tracking and Twitter roundups

We used to go online to feel understood. A new film gets what’s lost in the move from LiveJournal to “social media”<p>I made a commitment a while ago, in the wake of the deeply embarrassing statistics about female directors in Hollywood, to boost the work of women--especially Asian women--in film.<p>It’s …

Feminism

Learning from Google’s digital culture

What can traditional organizations learn from digital natives? In this interview, Google’s VP of US sales and operations explains how the company’s …

How the Internet is Shaping Swim Culture

Photo Courtesy: mkhmarketing.wordpress.com<p><i>By Kaylie Noll, Swimming World College Intern</i><p>If you are currently reading this article, you are the prime …

Social Media

Upgrading Apple fitness apps: What’s missing and what are the alternatives?

Apple’s fitness apps are surprisingly limited given that is a core selling point of Apple Watch. Even basic features like mapping runs and challenging friends are currently missing. And from what we’ve seen so far, watchOS 2 won’t address these shortcomings.<p>Here’s my wish list of 10 things I’d like …

8 ways smartwatches will knock your socks off

When it comes to smartwatches, new features—including Android Wear’s intuitive operating system—mean there’s a ton of cutting-edge things to try out.<p>Sleek, stylish and doggone handy, here are eight reasons why a wrist near you might enjoy wearing a smartwatch:<p>1. Get directions<p>With the car packed …

Apps

IBM Engineer Quits His Job to Travel the World as an Instagram-Famous Photographer

If you had the chance to quit your job and pursue your passion, would you do it? Engineer-turned-photographer Eelco Roos seized the opportunity to follow his dream, and hasn't looked back since. The Dutch creative used to work as an IT specialist at IBM Amsterdam for 10 years, but increasing …

Photography