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That word "cyber" -- I do not think it means what you think it means

Today, cyber means war. But back in the 1990s, it meant sex — at least, the kind of sex you can have in a chat room. Why did the word change, and …

12 Real Life Inventions That Science Fiction is Neglecting at its Peril

Science fiction has always commented on the present, and today's present is very science-fictional. All around, we see inventions that could …

Inventions

How Medical Nanotech Will Change Humanity Forever

Futurists have long speculated that nanotechnology — the engineering of materials and devices at the molecular scale — will revolutionize virtually …

The next world war will be fought by enhanced humans

Security and intelligence expert P. W. Singer has penned a fascinating article outlining the various ways leaders must prepare for the "chaotic …

Military

U.S. spy agency predicts a very transhuman future by 2030

The National Intelligence Council has just released its much anticipated forecasting report, a 140-page document that outlines major trends and …

Singularity

E-ZPasses Get Read All Over New York (Not Just At Toll Booths)

After spotting a police car with two huge boxes on its trunk — that turned out to be license-plate-reading cameras — a man in New Jersey became obsessed with the loss of privacy for vehicles on American roads. (He’s not the only one.) The man, who goes by the Internet handle “Puking Monkey,” did an …

Worth reading: NYT on jailed 'journalist-agitator' Barrett Brown, and silence surrounding his case

"Barrett Brown makes for a pretty complicated victim," writes David Carr in his recent profile of the Dallas-based journalist "obsessed with the …

IETF proposal to Prism-proof the Internet

A new draft proposal at the Internet Engineering Task Force by Phillip Hallam-Baker sets out a work program to harden the Internet against …

Report Suggests Nearly Half of U.S. Jobs Are Vulnerable to Computerization - MIT Technology Review

Rapid advances in technology have long represented a serious potential threat to many jobs ordinarily performed by people.<p>A recent report (which is …

Artificial Intelligence

Your phone can recognize you by the way you walk

SAN FRANCISCO — Intel research executive Genevieve Bell showed that a smartphone can recognize who is holding it by the way the person walks.<p>The device uses its accelerometer and gyroscope to recognize the pattern of the way you walk, whether you are in high heels or sneakers. It recognizes your …

Tearing Away the Veils: The Communist Manifesto

<i>The following essay is the introduction to the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of the</i> Communist Manifesto<i>, published this March.</i><p>Today, in the …

Gone Home: A Brilliant Example of How Less Can Be More in Video Games

A new, small-budget game tells surprisingly moving story about coming of age, sexuality, and the '90s.<p><i>Gone Home</i> takes place in an empty house in the Pacific Northwest, dauntingly large and littered with fresh artifacts of its inhabitants’ lives. The main character is Katie Greenbriar, who’s …

The Oakland Futurist

Before I begin, let me just say that if you haven’t read Bostrom’s SuperIntelligence and you haven’t read much about the AI Alignment problem, then …

Singularity

Microphone turns your fingertip into a speaker

<b>Sound Wave (wikimedia commons)</b><p>A new invention from Disney Research engineers lets your body transmit sounds as electrical signals<p>Francie Diep<p>September 11, 2013 3:02pm (UTC)<p>Touch your finger to someone's ear, and they'll hear your recorded message whispering to them.<p>Turn your body into another kind …

Israel’s unfettered access to NSA data

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Documents show U.S. special relationship with Israel includes passing information on U.S. citizens’ communications<p>Natasha Lennard<p>September 11, 2013 6:52pm (UTC)<p>The NSA's sprawling surveillance dragnet, which daily collects data on millions of U.S. citizens' online and phone …

After the meltdown: Is another mortgage bubble coming?

<b>(Reuters/Mark Blinch)</b><p>Executives from all of the top 25 subprime lending firms are working in the mortgage business five years later<p>Daniel Wagner<p>September 11, 2013 1:07pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on publicintegrity.org.<p>Andy Pollock rode the last subprime mortgage wave to the top then …

Great video simulation of a person aging 60 years

I'm not sure how Anthony Cerniello made this video of Danielle aging 60 years in five minutes, but it is amazing. (Thanks, Matthew!)

Internet Pranks Are Getting Rapey-er Every Day

YouTube pranksters have long flirted with the fine line between poor taste and out-right crime (some doing a better job of it than others), but two …

Internet

This girl ages into an old woman before your eyes without you noticing

Stop what you're doing, set aside five minutes of your time and watch this from start to finish (<b>no skipping around</b>). It's stunning. Easily one of …

Violence Against Homeless People Is On The Rise

Violence against homeless people has been increasing recently, according to a new report.<p>Earlier this year, a survey of 250 homeless people living in …

Can The “GitHub For Science” Convince Researchers To Open-Source Their Data?

By Gabe Stein and Matt Mankins10 minute Read<p>Nathan Jenkins is a condensed matter physicist and programmer who has worked at CERN, the European …

Software Development

You'll Come Out Of This Illusion Exhibit Questioning Everything

It's disorienting to walk into a room where nothing is as it seems. Your doctor might be grimacing even though your test results are fine. Or …

This Celestial Caterpillar May Not Become A Stellar Butterfly

IRAS 20324+4057 is a mouthful, and it's about 4,500 light years away, but it's also a star on the move. It's expanding to form a new star, but it's …

Does Space Go On Forever?

Infinity is one of those mind-boggling concepts that even manages to confuse some of the smartest scientists. But when it comes to the universe, is …

Why You Can’t Travel Back in Time and Kill Hitler

You've gotten your hands on a shiny new time machine, and you decide that your first order of business is to travel back in time and kill Hitler. But …

World History

There's a dark side to the universe that we never see

The universe is a darker place than most people see. Literally. The person who proved this was Gunnar Malmquist, who realized that we are blind to …

Universe

When did we start believing in Martians? Why did we stop?

Today, we have rovers busily studying the surface of Mars, but 100 years ago, it wasn't uncommon for people to believe that intelligent Martians …

There's something weird going on with our galaxy's planetary nebulae

This weird, hourglass-shaped structure is a planetary nebula, the not entirely accurate name given to the clump of gas that forms after a dying sun …

The NSA Can Probably Break Tor's Encryption Keys

When it turned out that the Firefox JavaScript Tor vulnerability shenanigans were originating from the NSA not the FBI, it was pretty clear that the …