Technology and Beyond

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

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 that lets parents carefully manage the content on their kids' devices. It marks one of the first attempts by a major tech company to directly address the …

Google

The Sticky Truth about Modern Written Language

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

Language

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 - Bloomberg

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

Babies

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 …

Food Photography

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 …

Democracy

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
Social Media Marketing

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 …

Journalism

Blue light has a dark side

Exposure to blue light at night, emitted by electronics and energy-efficient lightbulbs, harmful to your health.<p>Until the advent of artificial …

Blue Feed, Red Feed

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 …

Artificial Intelligence

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, …

Artificial 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 …

More than half of children use social media by the age of 10: Facebook is most popular site that youngsters join

• 52 per cent of eight to 16-year-olds ignored Facebook's age limit<br>• Other popular sites include WhatsApp, BBM, SnapChat and Ask.fm<br>• 43 per cent had …

How social media is reshaping news

The ever-growing digital native news world now boasts about 5,000 digital news sector jobs, according to our recent calculations, 3,000 of which are …

Augmented reality power tool helps anyone craft things

Crafting with CNC mills, routers and other power tools isn't all that easy, especially if you're new to it. You'll frequently want a template, and it's all too easy to mess up a cut if you haven't developed a steady hand. Shaper doesn't think it has to be daunting, though: it's launching Origin, an …

Augmented Reality

7 Free Places to Find or Generate Seamless Patterns

When you’re designing a website, the background pattern used can be the defining factor in your website’s appearance. We all remember those sites …

The future can be scary — here's how one futurist recommends dealing with it

The world is changing fast — and while change can be exhilarating, it can also be frightening. That's particularly true if you don't get the chance to try out new technology very often.<p>In 2013, more than 15% of American households didn't have a computer and more than 25% didn't have internet. Those …

Futurism