Ethan Miller

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America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

Democracies end<p>when they are too democratic.<p>And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny.<p>Illustration by Zohar Lazar<p>As this dystopian …

The future for shooters in VR gaming

I was 11 years old when Jonathan Cott first brought a gun to school. It was bright red, or maybe dark blue – colours tend to fade first in the memory – and the paint was chipped at the corners. Cotty, as we called him, was always in deluxe kinds of trouble. Once, while we sat at our desks awaiting …

Guns

When Computer Graphics Pioneer John Whitney Melted Minds for IBM | Motherboard

In 1968, when the video below was first published, John Whitney was already a computer graphics pioneer. 10 years earlier, he'd created the iconic, deeply trippy opening sequence for Alfred Hitchcock's <i>Vertigo</i>, arguably the first-ever usage of computer graphics in a movie (but having little to do …

Computer Graphics

Samsung cooks up crazy prototype gadgets like VR camera necklaces, helmet speakers

But we're not going to be able to buy these anytime soon. The gadgets and software come from its C-Lab that lets employees experiment.<p>This seems to …

Gear & Gadgets

Searching for Lee Godie, One of Chicago’s Most Collected Artists

Artsy Editorial<p>By<p>Isaac Kaplan<p>In Chicago, myths about the artist Lee Godie are something of a currency, and even my grandmother has her own. “She …

Turing Complete User

Invisible and Very Busy<p>Computers are getting invisible. They shrink and hide. They lurk under the skin and dissolve in the cloud. We observe the …

Hacking Slack accounts: As easy as searching GitHub

A surprisingly large number of developers are posting their Slack login credentials to GitHub and other public websites, a practice that in many …

Slack

Knausgaard’s Selflessness

Five volumes in, there’s still a temptation to redeem Karl Ove Knausgaard from egotism—to find, in his multi-volume autobiographical novel “My Struggle,” some subject other than Karl Ove’s life, some theme profound enough to justify these thousands of pages. Earlier this month, in an essay on the …

Books

Researchers propose theory on why touchscreen controls in mobile games are the worst

I know we’re supposed to be all done talking about Flappy Bird, but I think it’s justified to bring it up when it appears in a research paper about why games like Flappy Bird are so hard — and so frustrating. Turns out the controls are fundamentally bad.<p>That may not come as a surprise to — well, …

Touchscreens

Bill Gates is Creating VR Content, Bullish on Potential for Education

Former Microsoft CEO and Founder, Bill Gates has been vocal in the past in his support of virtual reality, but it appears he is now putting his money …

Bill Gates

The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs

A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverless truck.<p>Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor …

Fuel Efficiency

Inside “Emojigeddon”: The Fight Over The Future Of The Unicode Consortium

Internal emails offer a peek behind the scenes of the peculiar and little-known organization that oversees the development of a weird, new universal language.<p>There’s trouble afoot inside the Emoji Council of Elders, or, at the very least, signs of a low-simmering schism that’s being referred to by …

Unicode

HTC launches $100 million VR startup accelerator

HTC is launching a $100 million accelerator program for startups that want to use its VR technology. The program, called Vive X, will launch in Beijing, Taipei, and San Francisco, with the possibility of expanding to more cities over time. It's supposed to offer mentorship, help securing …

Startups

Chinese Chili Oil

Chinese chili oil is an essential seasoning for lots of Chinese cuisine, especially Szechuan style dishes. And Elaine gets the secrets of making the …

Asia

Magic Leap used Robert Scoble's infamous Google Glass shower shot in its patent filings

Magic Leap is already well-known for explaining its patent claims through weird, creative pictures that are often traced from existing photos and concept art. But its latest batch of USPTO publications feature perhaps the finest illustration to ever grace a patent application. In some images …

Robert Scoble

Transmedia Art Exhibitions, From Bauhaus To Your House

Transmedia

I wrote “ISIS Beer Funds!!!” in a Venmo memo and the feds detained my $42

(credit: cthoyes)<i>This post originally appeared on Inverse and has been re-published with the permission of that site.</i>Telling a friend you’re paying …

Iraq

Easy Ottolenghi: vegetable recipes

When I was first approached to come up with this special collection of recipes, I could pretty much hear the readers’ letters writing themselves. “Easy Ottolenghi?” the cry would go. “Isn’t that some sort of culinary oxymoron, like jumbo shrimps and paper tablecloths?” But a story always has two …

Recipes

Extra-thin LEDs put a screen on your skin

It's almost a light-up tattoo.<p>Eventually, wearable displays might be so thin that they effectively blend into your skin. University of Tokyo researchers have developed an optoelectronic skin whose polymer LEDs and organic photodetectors are so thin (3 micrometers) that they practically blend in …

Skin

Abel Image Research "Cans"

Virtual Reality (demo) - Part 1

Scientists Unveil New ‘Tree of Life’

A team of scientists unveiled a new tree of life on Monday, a diagram outlining the evolution of all living things. The researchers found that bacteria make up most of life’s branches. And they found that much of that diversity has been waiting in plain sight to be discovered, dwelling in river mud …

Evolution

Vegan Cabbage Steaks with Tahini Sauce

<i>Vegan Cabbage Steaks with Tahini Sauce are going to be your new favorite 30 minute side dish. A new sophisticated way to serve cabbage. Gluten Free</i> …

Vegan Recipes

Roasted Eggplant With Tahini, Pine Nuts, and Lentils

This dish of eggplant roasted until caramelized and tender, served over stewed lentils with an extraordinarily light and creamy tahini sauce and crunchy pine nuts, was dinner and lunch for more meals than I care to count a couple of weeks back. Not that I'm complaining: It's extremely good.<p>It's …

Recipes

I am on the Kill List. This is what it feels like to be hunted by drones

Friends decline my invitations and I have taken to sleeping outside under the trees, to avoid becoming a magnet of death for my family

Drones

Hands in VR: The Implications of Grasp

T<i>his week the first wave of HTC Vive units were delivered to consumers. The Vive is unique amongst the latest generation of Head Mounted Displays</i> …

Virtual Reality

Why my videogame chooses your character’s race and gender for you

I am the lead developer on a multiplayer survival game named Rust. Last week, we made a change to the game that upset a lot of people: we made half of our players, picked at random, play as women. We also made some of them black. The response has been extreme.<p>Rust is not a game about identity. The …

Gender

Microsoft Solely Responsible For Oculus Rift Delays According to Anonymous Sources - IR.net - Virtual Reality News

The last few weeks have likely been hell for many Facebook / Oculus employees. With hundreds of thousands of Oculus Rift VR headsets ordered, and the …

Microsoft

Virtual Dam Failure and Fun with Water

Lytro’s 755 megapixel Cinema light field camera is going to kill the green screen

Lytro is taking its rich volumetric 3D camera capture technology into the world of TV and film.<p>The company’s light field solution is a truly beautiful technology that may eventually be in every camera we snap a shot or video with. The tech essentially uses data on all of the available light in a …

Chroma Keying