Philipp R. Schmidt

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The Last Slave Ship Survivor Gave an Interview in the 1930s. It Just Surfaced

Roughly 60 years after the abolition of slavery, anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston made an incredible connection: She located the last surviving …

Black History

This 400 Square Foot 'Tiny House' is My Dream Home

Here at Apartment Therapy, we write about tiny houses a whole lot. Sometimes, I find myself wondering if we've reached peak tiny house. Are these …

Living Rooms

One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with …

Artificial Intelligence

Your WhatsApp buddies might be spying on you with this invasive new app (Update)

If you rely on WhatsApp to message friends and family, it’s important to know that the service lets your contacts know about when you’re available to chat, and whether you’ve read their texts.<p>That’s not all: Lifehacker has spotted Chatwatch, a new iOS app that uses WhatsApp’s public online/offline …

Apps

Congratulations, College Graduates Of 2017: Time For You To Become Capitalists!

College graduates are unprepared facing the bigger challenges with saving for retirement than their parents had.<p>Why becoming a capitalist is not a …

Watching a Word Document transform into an Alexa skill is trippy as hell

For almost forty years, the default way people interacted with computers was by clicking or selecting a pre-defined input, using either a keyboard or a mouse. But now, in 2017, things are changing. There’s been a renaissance in chatbots, which have evolved from being a ‘toy’, to being used for …

"Post-truth is pre-fascism": a Holocaust historian on the Trump era

“To abandon facts is to abandon freedom.” —Timothy Snyder<p>A week after Donald Trump’s election, Timothy Snyder, a professor of European history at Yale, posted a long note on Facebook. “Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism,” he began. …

Opinion: Germany's exports and Trump's vexation

New data showing Germany's staggering trade surplus is likely to feed into US President Trump's protectionist rhetoric. But he has to realize that a …

The essential tricks and tips that all PlayStation 4 owners need to know

Just bought yourself a PS4? Or have you owned one since launch? Either way, you might not be aware of all the settings and hidden features tucked …

Best Game Development Software Tools to Make Your Own Games

To be a professional game developer, you will need great creativity, coding, and programming skills as there is no tool handily available that can …

Game Development

STEM Books And Toys For Kids: Your Science Holiday Shopping Guide [Greg Laden's Blog]

I’ve reviewed, researched, and generally looked around for a selection of gifts that could work for kids ranging from very small to High School (and …

Kids

Smart Home Dashboard

Things used in this project<p>Hardware components<p>10" Universal LCD with HDMI interface and capacitive multi-touch<p>×<p>1<p>Raspberry Pi 2 Model B<p>×<p>1<p>Buy from …

Windows 10

Forget the FBI cache; the Podesta emails show how America is run

The emails currently roiling the US presidential campaign are part of some unknown digital collection amassed by the troublesome Anthony Weiner, but if your purpose is to understand the clique of people who dominate Washington today, the emails that really matter are the ones being slowly released …

Silicon Valley

The Human Lifespan Has a Natural Limit. Scientists Might Know How to Break It

In the future, aging will be treated not as a natural process, but as a disease.<p>We all want to live forever, whether we'll admit it or not. How else to explain the restrictive diets, the wrinkle creams, or the more bizarre therapies and treatments—cryogenic freezing comes to mind—that people seek …

Consulting to the Rich

Imagine that, for an attractive fee, you have been engaged as a consultant to the rich. They have a problem, or at least had a problem starting with President FDR. Our society celebrates formal equality and democracy (at least to the extent of holding regular elections), but the society is, in …

The gift of privacy: How Edward Snowden changed the way I parent

<b>(Poike via iStock)</b><p>I monitored my son’s online life like a diligent 21st-century parent, until I realized I was wrong<p>Annie H. Hartnett<p>July 24, 2016 11:30pm (UTC)<p>My son is 14 today and for his birthday—in addition to a bicycle, a basketball, and a T-shirt with an obscurely offensive image—I am giving …

Surveillance

Election 2016: Flux Party runs Senate candidates who will vote based on app polls

As Australians begin pre-polling for the July 2 federal election, one party competing in five states is advocating the effective crowd-sourcing of …

Elections

Elon Musk Says We’re Probably Characters in Some Advanced Civilisation's Video Game

Halp.<p>I don’t want to freak you out here, but there’s a chance you’re not the only 'you' in existence.<p>I'm not talking about the possibility that you …

What one of the greatest civilizations in history tells us about Donald Trump

Last week, in his first major piece since his blogging hiatus, Andrew Sullivan joined the frenzy of pundits trying to make sense of Donald Trump. Sullivan's completely straight-faced take is that the final days of the republic are upon us. “In terms of our liberal democracy and constitutional …

Political Science

Scoutible says its video games will find you a job

What if finding a job were as easy as playing a game? Scoutible thinks its smartphone games have what it takes to assess the aptitude and traits required for certain professions.<p>The company launched at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York on Monday. With work experience at the White House, Goldman Sachs …

Disrupt NY

How The Brain Produces Consciousness in Time Slices

<b>EPFL scientists propose a new way of understanding of how the brain processes unconscious information into our consciousness. According to the model,</b> …

Consciousness

New Crash Course science show: Physics with Dr. Shini Somara.

Look, I know there’s a huge galaxy-shaped hole in your heart ever since Crash Course Astronomy aired its final episode in January.<p>But despair not! …

Time Traveling Presidential Candidate Releases 100 Campaign Proposals

By Dr. Michael Salla<p>Andrew Basiago, who claims to have participated in two DARPA/CIA classified programs involving time travel and teleportation to …

Amputee feels texture with a bionic fingertip

An amputee was able to feel smoothness and roughness in real-time with an artificial fingertip that was surgically connected to nerves in his upper …

Stephen Hawking: Be Scared Of Capitalism, Not Robots

By Alexander C. Kaufman, www.huffingtonpost.com<p>| Strategize!<p>Above Photo: KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/ASSOCIATED PRESS. Stephen Hawking wrote on Thursday that …

Automation will mark the end of our work-obsessed society

At the beginning of The Lego Movie, we meet an average Joe called Emmet. When he’s not working, Emmet spends most of his time sitting on the sofa, listening to the pop song Everything is Awesome (a sort of Lego-world equivalent of Happy by Pharrell Williams), absorbing adverts, and tuning in for a …

Universal Basic Income

What's the Difference Between Capitalism and Democratic Socialism?

As I listen to the campaign speeches of the Republican and Democratic presidential front-runners - each outlining their views for the future of America - it seems to me that it boils down to this central question:<p><b>What kind of country do we want: an America in which it's "Every person for</b> …