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Russia's clash with the west isn't about ideology — it's about geography

At his dacha, standing before a map of the newly expanded Soviet Union shortly after Germany's surrender in May 1945, Josef Stalin nodded with approval.<p>The vast buffer he'd carved out of Soviet-occupied Eastern Europe would now protect his empire against future Napoleons and Hitlers. Stalin then …

Geopolitics

This $40 Device Adds Gigabit Ethernet to Your House Without Having to Install Anything

Even if you have fastest Wi-Fi, wired internet connections yield much faster streaming speeds, and allow you to watch your programs without …

Penske Media Corporation

How to Track a Cellphone Without GPS—or Consent

As the Supreme Court mulls over the case of <i>Carpenter v. United States</i>, which may have far-reaching consequences for police who track suspects without …

Princeton University

How to build a business empire with Instagram

What does it take to succeed online? Shouldn’t real-world influence transfer into the digital world? The introduction of computers and smartphones has changed the business world and yet many still do not understand how new digital platforms fit into the business realm. These platforms are a new …

Mueller just obtained a warrant that could change the entire nature of the Russia investigation

Robert Mueller, the FBI special counsel, reportedly obtained a search warrant for records of the "inauthentic" accounts Facebook shut down earlier this month and the targeted ads these accounts purchased during the 2016 election.<p>The warrant was first disclosed by The Wall Street Journal on Friday …

Surveillance

World's Largest Vertical Garden Boasts 33,500 Square Feet of Plants

The largest vertical garden in the world looks like a living, breathing green giant in Bogotá, Colombia's densely populated capital.<p>The Santalaia …

Musk Is Preparing to Release "Brain Hacking Tech," And He's Not Alone

Making a New Kind of Human<p>The age of the machine is well underway, and there is a very good chance that humanity will be left behind. Artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Has China Announced a New Long-Range Missile? (Updated)

The target—at least of the announcement—is Trump.<p>A new, road mobile intercontinental ballistic missile may have been sighted <b>(see update at bottom)</b> in a city in northern China. The Dong Feng ("East Wind") -41 missile, or DF-41, can carry up to a dozen nuclear warheads is claimed to have longest …

In the Future, Your Phone Will Be Built by Thousands of Robot Ants

The German automation firm Festo is building a bunch of the sci-fi-esque critters, which it thinks could become the future of manufacturing.<p>Late last month, the German industrial automation firm Festo unveiled a product that it hopes will help to revolutionize manufacturing: hand-sized, autonomous, …

Robotics

Anti-surveillance apparel hides your face from facial recognition software

Privacy advocates have long feared the risk facial recognition technologies pose to ethical surveillance practices, but soon there might be a high-tech garment solution that can hide your face from being recognized by computers.<p>The Guardian reports Berlin-bound artist and independent researcher …

Artificial Intelligence

Japanese white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence

Most of the attention around automation focuses on how factory robots and self-driving cars may fundamentally change our workforce, potentially eliminating millions of jobs. But AI that can handle knowledge-based, white-collar work are also becoming increasingly competent.<p>One Japanese insurance …

Artificial Intelligence

Forget ideology, liberal democracy’s newest threats come from technology and bioscience

A groundbreaking book by historian Yuval Harari claims that artificial intelligence and genetic enhancements will usher in a world of inequality and powerful elites. How real is the threat?<p>The BBC Reith Lectures in 1967 were given by Edmund Leach, a Cambridge social anthropologist. “Men have become …

Singularity

7Sensors Grow Box will automatically care for your plants, from produce to pot

Everyone loves a good plant in their home, but few have the time and dedication to keep it healthy over the course of the year. Changing temperatures and humidity levels paired with vacations or business trips can limit the variety of plant-life that most people can sustain in their homes.<p>That’s …

Prototyping

There’s a way to train our brains to cope with stress that changes chemistry “as much as any antidepressant”

Stress is often perceived as the villain of contemporary culture: the nagging tension that keeps us chained to our desks during the day, awake all night, and makes us dangerously unhealthy.<p>But Ian Robertson, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the upcoming book ‘<i>The</i> …

Immune System

The biggest mystery in AI right now is the ethics board that Google set up after buying DeepMind

Google set up the board at DeepMind's request after the cofounders of the £400 million research-intensive AI lab said they would only agree to the acquisition if Google promised to look into the ethics of the technology it was buying into.<p>Business Insider asked Google once again who is on its AI …

Artificial Intelligence

3 Trends That Will Completely Change the World by 2020 | Inc.com

<i>What are the most promising disruptive innovations for the decade 2011-2020? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by James Altucher, blogger, author, and investor, on Quora:</b><p>I'm not a big believer in …

Natural Gas

DARPA’s New ‘LightningStrike’ Plane: Up Like a Chopper, Out Like a Jet

The U.S. military thinks it may have found the holy grail of aviation—but will the new hybrids be any safer than the deadly Ospreys?<p>An aircraft that …

Legendary futurist explains how he plans to live forever

Google's leading engineer and prominent futurist Ray Kurzweil says humans just a few scientific breakthroughs away from achieving eternal life. The first step — watching what we eat.<p>Kurzweil — one of the world's leading minds on artificial intelligence, technology and futurism — has a strategy on …

Singularity

The best VR content for Google Cardboard

To be fair, Google Cardboard (GC) was only ever meant for developers and was not released as a consumer product. That hasn't stopped developers, and …

Virtual Reality

Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant

The concept of “green energy” got a whole lot more literal this week, when scientists announced they’d successfully turned living roses into …

First genetically modified humans could exist within two years

Humans who have had their DNA genetically modified could exist within two years after a private biotech company announced plans to start the first trials into a ground-breaking new technique.<p>Editas Medicine, which is based in the US, said it plans to become the first lab in the world to …

What It's Like to Be an Interior Designer for Really, Really Rich People

An interior designer, who works with A-list clients who spend upwards of $50,000 a room, explains the sociopathy and delusional thinking that comes with disposable incomes.<p>A friend of mine works as an interior designer at the type of firm that builds those grandiose homes that flood Pinterest and …

West Village

Glowforge 3D laser printer could make mini manufacturers of us all

It finally looks like 3D printing is about to take off in a big way. But not all 3D printers are alike.<p>One clever new example is Glowforge, a desktop 3D laser printer that allows you to create a large variety of consumer items out of any material — from a leather handbag or wallet to hard wood …

10 free Google Cardboard apps you need to try out

The Google Cardboard virtual reality headset and app platform has been out for a while now. It was introduced at the Google I/O developer conference in June 2014, but it’s not the most well understood technology out there. Perhaps the best way to understand it is to try it out. Fortunately, Google …

New technology will turn your phone's display into a biometric scanner

We should all be familiar with biometric scanners in smartphones by now. While sometimes it can ultimately work against us, biometric recognition is making its way into the mainstream, offering an easy way to gain access to our mobile devices. So far, we’ve only really seen fingerprint recognition …

Mobile

William Shatner-designed Rivet motorcycle is set to stun

We've seen some pretty eye-catching motorcycles in recent months, including a <i>Tron</i> light cycle replica, the exotic Feline One, and the quirky Dryvtech …

Motorcycles

Robin Labs Launches Less.Mail, An A.I.-Based Assistant That Responds To Emails For You

A new A.I.-based application for Android users called Less.Mail wants to make it easier for you to work through a crowded inbox, handling routine email responses by way of automatic replies based on the mobile assistant’s understanding of the original email’s context. All users need to do is tell …

Rolls-Royce Confirms Plans to Produce an SUV

Luxury automaker Rolls-Royce has confirmed that it plans to enter the SUV market by producing a<p>Luxury automaker Rolls-Royce has confirmed that it plans to enter the SUV market by producing a “high-bodied” vehicle designed for “any terrain,” and today it unveiled the first engineering mule from the …

Paper notebook uploads to cloud, erases in microwave

The Rocketbook is a regular paper notebook. But a couple of technological tricks make it easy to electronically back up its contents and erase the pages.<p>Although thumb-typing on smartphones and stylus-scribbling on tablets have their place, sometimes nothing quite beats the satisfaction of writing …

Fanfiction