Technology and Beyond

By Pana Asavavatana | A collection of articles around robots, computers, artificial intelligence, and the future of technology.

Men's and women's brains react differently when helping others, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is pleasure in both giving and receiving. Does gender influence which of these pleasures we prefer?<p>In women, part of the brain showed a greater response when sharing money, while in men, the same structure showed more activity when they kept the cash for themselves, a small study …

The Brain

Technology has Become Water

There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, …

David Foster Wallace

Google's Big Changes to Search: What You Need to Know

On Tuesday morning, Google announced some major changes meant to fight the fake news and hate speech that keep polluting its search results.<p>The …

Google

Copyright & Censorship on Instagram: How Marie Claire Stole My Photo

Yesterday I found out that one of my photos was misused, stolen if you ask me, by a major international company. Sadly this type of thing is so …

Censorship

Want to Break Stereotypes in STEM and Computing? Take a Look at Computer History

The history of computers is not just an intriguing account of amazing innovations. More importantly, it is the story of the people who helped us get …

Computer Science

Google opens up to kids under 13 with Family Link

Google has its eye on your kids.<p>The tech giant is opening up its many online services to kids under 13 with a new tool called Family Link: an app …

Google

The Sticky Truth about Modern Written Language

What heiroglyphics, emoji, and stickers have in common.<p>The oldest written language in the world didn’t have an alphabet. When written language began, …

Incredible Animation Summarises Noam Chomsky's 5 Filters of the Mass Media Machine

For decades, Noam Chomsky has been the agent provocateur when it comes to critiquing the US mainstream media. He co-authored ‘Manufacturing Consent’, …

Noam Chomsky

Baby’s First Virtual Assistant

On Jan. 3, right before the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, toymaker Mattel’s Nabi division unveiled what it’s calling …

Automation

A lot of Instagram-loving foodies are perpetuating racist stereotypes about ethnic dishes

Hold up before you snap a photo of that pho: Your latest food-inspired Instagram post might be a little bit racist.<p>That’s according to Celeste Noche, a professional food photographer in Portland, Oregon, featured on an episode of The Racist Sandwich podcast, which explores food through the lens of …

Andrew Zimmern

How We Broke Democracy

Our technology has changed this election, and is now undermining our ability to empathize with each other<p><i>(Updated)</i><p>The thing that has become the most …

The Purpose of Photography in a Post-Truth Era

Theatrics are an integral part of the American presidential inauguration. A well-located stage, many actors, a few scripted roles, costumes, crowds …

Only You Can Stop the Spread of Fake News

One of the more extreme symptoms of media dysfunction in the past several months has been the ascendance of “fake news”—fabricated news stories that …

Journalism

3 Ways Social Media Is Changing How Millennials Consume News

Eighty-five percent of millennials say that staying up-to-date with the latest news is at least somewhat important, according to research conducted by the Media Insight Project. That number is staggering considering that many people blame millennials for the death of the modern newspaper.<p>When you …

Millennials

Most Americans Who See Fake News Believe It, New Survey Says

An exclusive Ipsos poll conducted for BuzzFeed News found that 75% of American adults who were familiar with a fake news headline viewed the story as accurate.<p>Fake news headlines fool American adults about 75% of the time, according to a large-scale new survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for …

Elections

Blue light has a dark side

Exposure to blue light at night, emitted by electronics and energy-efficient lightbulbs, harmful to your health.<p>Updated: September 2, 2015<p>Published: …

Sleep

Blue Feed, Red Feed - WSJ.com

Methodology<p>What is this?<p>Recent posts from sources where the majority of shared articles aligned “very liberal” (blue, on the left) and “very conservative” (red, on the right) in a large Facebook study.<p>In 2015, the journal Science published a research paper by Facebook scientists (Bakshy, Eytan; …

Facebook

The Algorithmic Democracy

AI is changing how we think, debate, and choose.<p>The day before the election, as millions of Americans were feeling confident that the vast majority of the country shared their opinions, a pair of researchers at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute published a paper …

You’re about to fall in love with a $180 robot

This is probably how Westworld began<p>He looks like a toy truck when he’s sitting on the shelf. A $180 toy truck.<p>Setting him up is pretty easy. You plug his charger into the wall, download the app to your iPhone or Android device, and connect to him as you would to any WiFi network in your phone’s …

Robots

Free Stock Photo Websites

Today I gathered a solid collection of free image websites. As bloggers, designers, students, teachers, and business owners we need stock images to …

Five new ways to reach your goals faster with G Suite

One of the core promises of Google Docs is to help you and your team go from collecting ideas to achieving your goals as quickly and easily as …

We aren't getting ready for the AI revolution: That needs to change, and fast

A 'Commission on Artificial Intelligence' should be established to examine social and ethical dilemmas posed by the rise of intelligent machines, …

Intelligence

Why didn’t I think of that? 8 useful objects you can 3D print right now

So, you’ve just bought a 3D printer for the first time in your life. Before you go wasting a ton of filament printing out just about anything you can …

3D Printing

The first pop song ever written by artificial intelligence is pretty good, actually

We already know that artificial intelligence systems can work in law firms and beat the world champion at a game of Go. Now it turns out that AI can write some pretty good pop songs, too.<p>Researchers at Sony have been working on AI-generated music for years, and has previously used AI to create …

Artificial Intelligence

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How Hong Kong’s hostile architecture hurts city’s homeless and poor

Each night Keung slept rough, usually on a park bench. It was hot and humid, and rats scurried around. To make matters worse, he had difficulty …