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Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers 2019-01-26 11:15:50

  Brown Dog Gadgets and Maker Shed go waaaay back. Brown Dog’s Crazy Circuits kits allowed aspiring makers to explore electronic gadgetry in all kinds of crazy ways like using conductive paints, wearables and even tying in your every day Leg…

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 22)

VIRTUAL REALITY Facebook’s Bizarre VR App Is Exactly Why Zuck Bought Oculus  Peter Rubin | WIRED “When you launch Spaces from within your Oculus Rift headset, though, it logs into your Facebook account. The same one that you, along with nearly 2 billion other people on the planet, use on a regular basis. The same […]

Canada Hopes to Energize Homegrown AI With Big New Investment

Much of the groundbreaking AI research of recent decades originated in Canada, but it’s largely Silicon Valley that’s brought it into the real world. Now Canada is looking to take back its lead with the launch of a new research hub dedicated to the technology. The non-profit Vector Institute, launched last week, will be based […]

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 4th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Facebook Is Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Prevent Suicide Alex Kantrowitz | BuzzFeed “Today, Facebook is introducing an important piece of that technology—a suicide-prevention feature that uses AI to identify posts indicating suicidal or harmful thoughts. The AI scans the posts and their associated comments, compares them to others that merited intervention, and, in […]

Post-Truth: Technology Is a Big Part of the Problem, But It’s Also a Solution

“Post-truth” was chosen as the 2016 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries, a catch-all term describing a perception of growing distrust of “the facts” and increasing reliance on emotion in public discourse. It is frequently used to describe the politics that underpinned Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign and also the sentiments that resulted in the British […]

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through December 17th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE The Great A.I. Awakening Gideon Lewis-Kraus | The New York Times Magazine “Google’s decision to reorganize itself around A.I. was the first major manifestation of what has become an industrywide machine-learning delirium. Over the past four years, six companies in particular — Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and the Chinese firm Baidu — have […]

Break Out of Your Echo Chamber: Technology Arranges Lunch With Someone New

On average, Americans spend 50 minutes a day on Facebook. That’s a lot of online socializing. It’s also about the same amount of time workers take for their lunch break. Yet there’s not nearly as much socializing then: 65 percent of Americans eat lunch at their desk, and 45 percent report eating lunch alone, the […]

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through December 3rd)

A biomedical engineer is building a brain implant to serve as a memory prosthesis. The UK’s new Investigatory Powers Act may cause problems at Apple. And Google’s AI songsmith is writing catchy tunes. Meanwhile, others question whether robots should have rights, and a father-son duo cuts open two Furbies to see what’s inside.   BRAIN: The Neuroscientist Who’s Building […]

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through December 3rd)

A biomedical engineer is building a brain implant to serve as a memory prosthesis. The UK’s new Investigatory Powers Act may cause problems at Apple. And Google’s AI songsmith is writing catchy tunes. Meanwhile, others question whether robots should have rights, and a father-son duo cuts open two Furbies to see what’s inside.   BRAIN: The Neuroscientist Who’s Building a Better Memory for Humans Cynthia McKelvey| WIRED “Theodore Berger, a biomedical engineer at the University of Southern California…is working… read more

Facebook Blamed for Trump, Alibaba Hits $15 Billion in a Day, Trump Surveillance Fears

This Week in Tech:   Facebook Spends the Week Defending Fake News and Denying Blame for Trump Election Last week’s election threw the world into a chaotic tail spin and now it seems Facebook is being questioned. While Facebook’s news feed ranking is guided by data, there are reports that Facebook killed an update to remove fake news from its feed because it affected right wing politics. This fake news, with a right wing slant, had the ability to reach over 150 million Facebook users in the…

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