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By annebalsamo | Cultural Procedurals

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

The first time the police arrived on her doorstep, in March of 2015, Courtney Allen was elated.<p>She rushed to the door alongside her dogs, a pair of …

Crime

An Astonishing Video Shows CRISPR Editing DNA in Real Time

“I was sitting in the front, and I just heard this gasp from everyone behind me.”<p>In June, several dozen scientists flew to Big Sky, Montana to discuss the latest in CRISPR research. They had a lot to talk about, given that CRISPR—a tool which allows scientists to cut DNA to disable genes or insert …

Genetics

The Robots Are Coming

For our jobs. Our military. And our current way of life. That is, unless a handful of local AI wizards can stop them. —<i>By David Talbot</i><p>11/12/2017, …

Intelligence

How Technology Will Change the Design World

DLN founder Peter Sallick talks about the changing landscape in design and how to navigate the uncharted territories<p>In 2003, entrepreneur Peter Sallick founded the Design Leadership Network to support positive development across all aspects of his community. Members of the organization include …

Innovation

Power couple: Mixed reality will help businesses cash in on both AR and VR

Historically, VR and AR have been seen as two separate technologies both having unique case uses. VR has been embraced by gaming enthusiasts as a way to make their gameplay more immersive and relies on a display that is worn over the eyes, tricking the mind into believing it is somewhere else. AR …

Augmented Reality

What Will Our Lives Be Like as Cyborgs?

A case for embracing the “augmentation” of human minds and bodies<p>If you squint a little, you can see the Apple Store clerk as a cyborg, a hybrid of human and machine. Each store is flooded with smartphone-wielding salespeople who are able to help customers with everything from technical questions …

Travel Industry

After Equifax Hack, Consumers Are On Their Own. Here Are 6 Tips To Protect Your Data

When it comes to dealing with the aftermath of Equifax's massive data breach, it'll be up to consumers to be on guard against data thieves, experts say.<p>Last week, the credit-rating company disclosed that it was hacked earlier this year, leaving 143 million U.S. consumers' personal information …

Identity Theft

Finally, Some Answers From Equifax to Your Data Breach Questions

In the last few days, several hundred of you have sent me questions or tweeted about the Equifax breach and its credit freeze process. I don’t blame you, given that you’ve melted their websites and phone banks since the company announced last week that up to 143 million people may have had their …

Identity Theft

CRISPR breakthrough: In a first, gene-editing tech used to dramatically change colour of flower

A Japanese garden plant's colour was changed from violet to white by altering a single gene.<p>For the first time ever, scientists have used the CRISPR …

AR and VR poised to climb out of the "trough of dillusionment" on Gartner Hype Cycle

The Gartner Hype Cycle places emerging technologies on a rising-falling-rising curve.<p>I would have put augmented reality ahead of virtual reality, and …

What Happens When Cyborg Tech Goes Beyond Medicine?

The age of the cyborg may be closer than we think. Rapidly improving medical robotics, wearables, and implants means many humans are already part …

Emerging Technology

CRISPR, 5 Ways

CRISPR, which stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, is the basis for a revolutionary genome-editing technology that allows researchers to make very precise modifications to DNA.<p>The implications are enormous — not only for the treatment of disease, but also for …

Genetics

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

Technology is evolving faster than the legal and moral frameworks needed to manage it.<p>In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who was responsible. Not who actually coded the …

Internet of Things

Real-Life Cyborgs: A Company Is Implanting Its Employees With Microchips

Worker Implants<p>A company based in Stockholm, Sweden, is turning its employees into “cyborgs” using a microchip implant about the size of a grain of …

In 1981, Margaret Atwood Made A Stirring Case For Investing In Culture

Centuries from now, our cultural achievements will be the most important way later generations will remember us.<p>If only we’d all just listened to Margaret Atwood.<p>The acclaimed author of <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> has been acting as something of a political sage recently. Thanks in part to an upcoming, …

Literature

Cool animated overview of how media manufactures consent

<i>Manufacturing Consent</i> feels like a must-read all over again lately, and this excellent primer by animator Pierangelo Pirak lays out the five filters …

Real-life Robocops will soon replace human police

Robot police were once sci-fi fantasy, but soon the real thing will be patrolling the streets of Dubai.<p>While the original RoboCop from the 1987 film, a superhuman cyborg law enforcer, could hunt down murderous criminals, the real-life version will be tackling more straightforward misdemeanours<i>.</i><p>The …

Robots

Why Marketers Increasingly Have to Adjust at Warp Speed to Cultural and Technological Change

There was a ton of talk at this year’s South by Southwest about digital transformation and customer experience, the buzz terms of 2017 so far in the …

Cuddling, robots and holograms are replacing sex in Japan

Cuddling cafes where you can pay to gaze into a stranger’s eyes – or have them clean your ears with a cotton bud.<p>Dates with girls who will dress up …

Japan

The VR web is here

Over the past several years, the technologies underlying the modern internet have begun to mature. The web has gone through a second renaissance, …

Virtual Reality

The Future of Shopping Is More Discrimination

For you, a very special price indeed.<p>Two years ago, at a retail-marketing conference called “The Internet of Things: Shopping,” a consultant took the stage and predicted that by 2028, half of Americans will have implants that communicate with retailers as they walk down stores’ aisles and inspect …

Trends

25 Years After Elizabeth Taylor Wore the AIDS Ribbon to the 1992 Oscars, Her Grandchildren Carry on Her Fight

It’s been 25 years since Elizabeth Taylor appeared at the 1992 Oscars, wearing a small accessory that made a very large impact.<p>That night, as she …

Public Health

In Finland, Kids Learn Computer Science Without Computers

Students can learn the basics with a set of knitting needles.<p>The Finns are pretty bemused by Americans’ preoccupation with whether to put iPads in every classroom. If a tablet would enhance learning, great. If it wouldn’t, skip it. Move on. The whole thing is a little tilting-at-windmills, …

Education

Why Nothing Works Anymore

Technology has its own purposes.<p>“No… it’s a magic potty,” my daughter used to lament, age 3 or so, before refusing to use a public restroom stall with an automatic-flush toilet. As a small person, she was accustomed to the infrared sensor detecting erratic motion at the top of her head and …

Intelligence

The Myth of Apple's Great Design

The company’s new “spaceship” headquarters shows how its beauty has always been skin deep.<p><i>Apple has great design</i> is the biggest myth in technology today. The latest victim of this ideology comes in the form a remarkable report on the late Steve Jobs’s final project, still in production: a new, $5 …

Steve Jobs

Cognitive Computing and Machine Learning from the Cynic

Another in the series introduced here.<p><b>Ambrose Bierce</b><p>A couple definitions from his book:<p><b>Stan Kelly-Bootle</b><p>Mr. Kelly-Bootle sometimes provided extended explanations of the words he defined:<p><b>Definitions for 21st Century Computing</b><p>A couple more from the student:<p><b>Cognitive Computing</b><p>A totally, absolutely …

Machine Learning

IBM Just Posted 5 Predictions About What Life Will Be Like in 2022

Bring on the superhero vision.<p>Technology giant IBM is known for of making bold predictions about the future, and it's just announced its latest "5 in …

How our school is using Virtual Reality to prepare pupils for a future dominated by technology 

Virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, haptic feedback; the line between these and many other technological realities is becoming blurred and they are beginning to be grouped under one umbrella term: artificial reality. But what is artificial reality and how can it be used effectively …

Virtual Reality

Equipping people to stay ahead of technological change

WHEN education fails to keep pace with technology, the result is inequality. Without the skills to stay useful as innovations arrive, workers …