Michael Korpi

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The Yellowstone Supervolcano Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

Let's talk about this.<p>Yellowstone National Park sits squarely over a giant, active volcano. This requires attention.<p>Yellowstone has been a national …

Geology

End of the American dream? The dark history of 'America first'

When he promised to put America first in his inaugural speech, Donald Trump drew on a slogan with a long and sinister history – a sign of what was to follow in his presidency<p>“Sadly, the American dream is dead,” Donald Trump proclaimed when he announced his candidacy for president of the United …

Donald Trump

How No Code Platforms Are Disrupting Software

It's accelerating how businesses are able to impact their strategy<p>Early digital computers weren't very useful. Sure, they were far more powerful than the punch card tabulating machines that they replaced, but they were devilishly hard to program. Instructions needed to be written in assembly code, …

Software Development

Dyson Abandons Solid-State Battery Patents

Well, this sucks.<p>Dyson — the world-famous purveyor of non-traditional-looking vacuum cleaners, hair and hand dryers, and other assorted household …

Electric Vehicles

The Ugly Coded Critique of Chick-Fil-A's Christianity

The fast-food chain's "infiltration" of New York City ignores the truth about religion in America. It also reveals an ugly narrow-mindedness.<p>The New Yorker has been taking it on the chin lately for its essay about Chick-fil-A’s “infiltration” of New York City. Although most of the piece is about …

Religion

AI at work: Barack Obama did not say this, but you’d never know, watching this video

Technology now enables manipulators to put any words they like in anyone’s mouth and make it look real.<p>The ability to generate fake news has crossed …

Barack Obama

World's largest plane with wingspan bigger than football pitch to take first full flight

The largest plane ever built – backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his company Vulcan Aerospace – is set to take full flight for the first …

Space Travel

Digital assistants just took a big step toward real 'human' conversation

Talking to Alexa is too often a one-sided affair. Certainly, the primary purpose of a digital assistant is to <i>listen</i>, but its responses tend to favor …

Chatbots

Government accidentally sends file on "remote mind control" methods to journalist

When journalist Curtis Waltman filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Washington State Fusion Center (which is partnered with Department of …

Surveillance

Robot does the unthinkable by assembling IKEA furniture in 20 minutes

IKEA is cheap, stylish, and a superb solution for furnishing an entire dwelling on a budget. It’s also the leading cause of divorce in couples who attempt to assemble its furniture at home, according to a poll I just made up for the sake of this joke.<p>Researchers at Nanyang Technological University …

Robotics

Superman Turns 80. The Red Trunks Still Fit.

Superman, created by the writer Jerry Siegel and the artist Joe Shuster, was introduced on April 18, 1938, in Action Comics No. 1. The Man of Steel struck a chord with readers and, faster than a speeding bullet, he became a multimedia sensation, with his adventures chronicled on radio, stage, film …

How Apple Will Use AR To Reinvent The Human-Computer Interface

Taking a careful look at how the company has reinvented the UI down through its history provides strong clues as to how it will do so again with AR glasses.<p>As a technology industry analyst, I have had the privilege of covering Apple since 1981. During this period of time, I have watched Apple …

Augmented Reality

Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.<p>It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on …

Apps

Trump Supporters Get Mad Because They Think The Man in the High Castle's 'Resistance Radio' Is Real

Some conservatives and Donald Trump supporters are freaking out online because there’s a new pirate station called Resistance Radio, dedicated to …

Donald Trump

The Creators of Westworld Head to Amazon With New Scifi Series The Peripheral

<i>Westworld</i> creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan can’t get enough of killer games and multiple timelines. The pair will create a show for Amazon called</i> …

Science Fiction

Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins explains how he makes more than $500,000 a month playing video game ‘Fortnite’

The most popular streamer on Twitch says there is big money to be made playing video games.<p>Tyler "Ninja" Blevins told CNBC's "Squawk Alley" about how …

Gameplay

The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail

Similar to e-commerce firms, online-degree programs are beginning to incorporate elements of an older-school, brick-and-mortar model.<p>Online learning has come a long way since the turn of the millennium. It certainly hasn’t displaced traditional colleges, as its biggest proponents said it had the …

College & University

Watch: This device will blur the line between physical and digital reality, if it can be made

An open source hardware project that everyone can build on.<p>Slipping on these augmented reality headset and gloves might well make you feel you’re in …

Augmented Reality

Sci-fi stunner Prospect values small stories in a galaxy far, far away | Ars Technica

Western meets DIY in this space saga that's pretty enough to hang in a gallery.<p>AUSTIN, Texas—Make no mistake, South by Southwest conference film …

Science Fiction

Bob Lutz: We Electrified The Wrong End Of The Business

Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman of General Motors, widely considered to be the <i>father of the Chevy Volt,</i> and now front man for VIA Motors told the …

General Motors

AI chips may give you a real reason to upgrade your smartphone

Processors with artificial intelligence will spread from today's top-end phones to cars, PCs, security cameras, smart speakers and mainstream phones.<p>You've likely seen artificial intelligence technology spread into apps, devices and services, doing things like recognizing your friends' faces in …

Artificial Intelligence

Software for autonomous drones

Software

This Autonomous Quadrotor Swarm Doesn't Need GPS

Without GPS or any other kind of external localization, a dozen of UPenn's quadrotors can fly in formation outdoors Image: UPenn/YouTubeUPenn's …

Autonomous Cars

Disneyflix Is Coming. And Netflix Should Be Scared.

Will Disney destroy the movie theater?<p>No company has been more responsible for shaping the modern entertainment landscape than Walt Disney. In 1937, with <i>Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs</i>, its first feature film, Disney invented the family blockbuster. In 1954, with <i>Disneyland</i>, an anthology series …

Televisions

Predictions for the Future of Augmented Reality

Augmented reality captures our imagination like no other technology can. AR advancements in gaming and entertainment have given a lot of steam to the …

Augmented Reality

I Ran U.S. Border Patrol—And I Support Trump's Call to Deploy the National Guard

Critics have assailed the president’s decision to send troops to the border. But they can provide additional assistance and resources to agents in times of need.<p>In 2006, as the national chief of the Border Patrol, I welcomed the assignment of roughly 6,000 National Guardsmen to serve as a force …

Immigration

FAQ City: The Forgotten Cold-War Bunker Buried Outside Charlotte

It wasn't too long ago — 2003 in fact — that a huge underground bunker was put up for sale just outside Charlotte. The bunker was built in the Cold …

Cold War

Researchers trained an AI to create Flintstones cartoons

Machines are quickly bridging the creative gap between human and artificial intelligence. Last year we were amazed by Nvidia’s AI’s ability to generate realistic images of fake people, but yesterday a group of researchers unveiled one capable of making original videos of “The Flintstones” from text …

Artificial Intelligence

Are Helicopter Parents Ruining a Generation?

“Initially, helicopter parenting appears to work,” says Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of <i>How to Raise an Adult. “</i>As a kid, you're kept safe, you're given direction, and you might get a better grade because the parent is arguing with the teacher.” But, ultimately, parents end up getting in the child’s …

Homeschooling