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Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York

Free service DoNotPay helps appeal over $4m in parking fines in just 21 months, but is just the tip of the legal AI iceberg for its 19-year-old creator<p>An artificial-intelligence lawyer chatbot has successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets across London and New York for free, showing that …

Adventures in Narrated Reality

New forms & interfaces for written language, enabled by machine intelligence<p><b>By</b> <b>Ross Goodwin</b><p>In May 2015, Stanford PhD student Andrej Karpathy wrote a …

Deep Learning

This Holographic, Flexible Smartphone Makes 'Angry Birds' Way Better

For now, it’s still pretty primitive. But the future could hold some truly fantastic things for this mini 3D projector.<p>You may not see this flexible, holographic smartphone on store shelves anytime soon, and when you see this video, you'll see why. It's still pretty low resolution, but it can do …

Augmented Reality

How to have fun with transparent sheets printed with dots

Mathematician Tadashi Tokieda is having a great time creating op-art patterns by overlaying sheets of plastic printed with dots. He also does a great …

The Simpsons sphere - 360° 500 episodes at the same time

The Simpsons

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Publishers of any type, anywhere in the world can deliver an incredibly fast and immersive reading experience for people on Facebook.

The Future of Chat Isn’t AI

Instant interaction is key<p>At Kik, we’ve been thinking about the coming bot revolution for a long time. We first launched a basic bot platform a year …

A hand-carved wooden clock that scribes the time on a magnetic board

Suzuki Kango carved over 400 wooden parts for his senior thesis exhibition project: it uses "four magnetic stylus pens on a magnetic drawing board to …

Modular cellphone kits for makers

Rephone makes modular open source hardware cellphone components -- GSM cores, touchscreens, speakers, GPS, miscellaneous sensors, and antennas -- …

Beacodes Are Like QR Codes Based on Inaudible High-Frequency Sound

A new-old networking idea returns.<p>The thing with QR codes is that they're just kind of a pain in the ass. The task of capturing and translating a QR code with a smartphone camera via some app and then being navigated to some web page is not <i>in the general case</i> enormously faster or simpler than just …

QR codes

Reach Trust launches mobile tool to 'fast-track', reward learning

Reach Trust launches mobile tool to ‘fast-track’, reward learning<p>The Reach Trust, an NGO which was birthed out of Mxit and holds all of the once …

Psychosocial

WhatsApp Ditches $1 Annual Fee, Tests Business Accounts But No Ads, Says CEO

Today at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany, the CEO of Facebook-owned WhatsApp made a couple of big announcements about how the messaging app plans to evolve to its next phase as it approaches 1 billion users: the company plans to drop its $0.99 annual subscription fee, and it will start to …

This Startup Is Creating Stories That Adapt, Learn, Evolve, and Breed

Why do stories need to be linear and repeatable? What if instead of finishing a movie, you could keep exploring it? What if your favorite …

The strange world of computer-generated novels

Welcome to National Novel Generation Month, where the algorithm is the author<p>It’s November and aspiring writers are plugging away at their novels for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, an annual event that encourages people to churn out a 50,000-word book on deadline. But a hundred or so …

Pride and Prejudice

Comment on Patented Book Writing System Creates, Sells Hundreds Of Thousands Of Books On Amazon by Weeknotes: Death of the Author, Rise of the Algorithm - The POD

[…] am still sifting through them. Online articles from Wired, ReadWrite, The Verge, Associated Press, SingularityHUB, ExtremeTech, The Daily Good, …

How Data-Enhanced Storytelling Is Rapidly Reshaping Both Content and Advertising

In its inaugural gathering Thursday, Digital Storytelling, a newly sanctioned event of the Sundance Film Festival, ambitiously set out to better link …

Advertising Industry

A filmmaker trolled the British film board with an unbelievably long movie of paint drying

<i>Note: This post, originally published in November 2015, has been updated and republished to reflect a couple of new developments.</i><p>British filmmaker Charlie Lyne made a 607-minute movie of white paint drying on a wall, and over the course of two days, the British Board of Film Classification had to …

Internet

​You're Going to Need an Ad Blocker for Your Next TV

Samsung smart TVs may be showing pop-up ads based on what you’re watching.<p>Smart TVs are evidently so smart they can tell what's playing on the screen and show you pop-up ads based on what you watch. So discovered security researcher Paul McMillan this week while watching <i>Inglorious Basterds</i> on his …

Digital Advertising

Ted Cruz campaign hires dirty data-miners who slurped up millions of Facebook users' data

Cambridge Analytica is an obscure data-mining company funded by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer (Cruz's main financial backer). Cambridge …

Your Sweaty Palms Tell This Tinder Bot to Swipe Left or Right

Spinning meat swipers, robotic fingers, and now: palm sweat detectors.<p>For as long as love and smartphones have intersected, humans have quantified romance. That hilarious and sometimes truly depressing saga has another chapter—a skin-sensing robot that lets your body say if that Tinder match is a …

Robotics

Random Darknet Shopper

Last item for Ljubljana Edition. Replacement stickers to reseal opened products.<p><b>16 x Round Security Holographic Sticker</b><br>Ordered by Random Darknet …

'​A Blind Legend' Uses Binaural Audio to Create a Game for the Visually Impaired

The players play Blake, a blind knight, seeking vengeance.<p>In mobile video game A <i>Blind Legend</i>, players see nothing. The only thing that guides them are strange thuds, rustling leaves, and the voice of a girl—all coming from multiple directions. This is what gaming feels like for the visually …

Game Development

MIT’s Crazy Shapeshifting Display Can Now Build With Blocks

Author: Liz Stinson. Liz Stinson Design<p>Date of Publication: 10.15.15.<p>Time of Publication: 12:31 pm. 12:31 pm<p>Related Galleries<p>Free Speech, Tech …

Sleepify

<i>Sleepify</i> is an album by the funk band Vulfpeck. The release does not contain any audible music, and consisted solely of ten, roughly 30-second-long …

Big Data's religious faith denies the reality of failed promises, privacy Chernobyls

Maciej Ceglowski (previously) spoke to a O'Reilly's Strata Big Data conference this month about the toxicity of data -- the fact that data collected …

Michael Pollan discusses how time-lapse photography reveals the hidden life of plants

Writer Michael Pollan provides play-by-play commentary on these time-lapse videos of plants striving to reach a pole. It really does seem like the …

It is official, the future is NOW

The Physics of Mosh Pits

Jesse Silverberg, a graduate student at Cornell University in Ithaca, and two physics professors at Cornell are researching the science behind “what …

Physics

Jack White Details Hologram-Filled 'Lazaretto' Ultra LP

Special edition vinyl features two hidden tracks and song that starts on inside of record<p>"While we were mixing the record, I started to get some …

Music Production

Papers, Please Review

Stamp of quality.<p>Depending on how things are going, Papers Please is either a simulation of that moment that a cog in the machine’s heart finally …