Not Every Job is Made Better by Robots

F’rinstance: South Korean prison guard. And this is necessary because … CCTV is too efficient and cost effective and doesn’t involve cool proto-Daleks? Now, if Robo-Guard wandered up and down gen-pop shouting “EX-TER-MI-NATE!” randomly, then I might be able to get behind this. This article at Phys.org appears to have an accurate read on this. It’s not [Read More...]

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Vatican/Oxford Libraries Going Digital

Here’s the scoop: The Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford have announced a 4-year project to convert some of their important holdings into digital form for all to see – even if readers can’t understand the Medieval Latin, ancient Greek or Hebrew the documents are written in. Among the [Read More...]

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Lost Boy Finds Family Using Google Earth

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In 1986, Saroo Brierley and his brother were working as sweepers for India’s train system when they got separated. Five-year-old Saroo fell asleep on a train and woke up in Calcutta: not the place for a five-year-old to find himself alone. After living on the streets for a time, he was taken into an orphanage [Read More...]

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Make Your Own Tricorder

Another kid who was inspired by Star Trek grows up and makes a functional Tricorder, then places all the specifications, instructions, and schematics online for anyone to use or mod. Nerd win! Peter Jansen has made two versions so far in his attempt to get as many sensors as possible into a single handheld device. Thus [Read More...]

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The End of Stolen Cell Phones?

In 2011, 42 percent of all property crimes committed against individuals in New York City involved the theft of a cell phone. Cell phone theft may seem like a fairly minor crime in the grand scheme of things, unless it’s your phone, and then it’s the worst thing ever. It’s also a crime that can [Read More...]

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Google Wants to Augment Your Reality

I’ve known this was coming for some time, but it’s actually more alarming than I expected it to be. Google’s Project Glass is an augmented reality system based on the idea of wearable computers: in this case, a pair of glasses that compresses all the functionality of a smartphone (phone, messaging, camera, GPS, social networking, [Read More...]

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Rear Window Timelapse

Author Rod Bennett posted this to Facebook, and I was just blown away by the effort that went into it. It’s a meticulous time-lapse reconstruction of the events of Hitchcock’s Rear Window as though you’re seeing the entire set as a diorama. The creator, Jeff Desom, has used nothing but footage from the film to [Read More...]

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Computers Down, Smartphones Up

Charts: is there anything they CAN'T do?

Further proof that the world is changing: a market analysis from Canalys shows that smartphone sales have passed computer sales for the first time. There’s even a chart! Here’s the money quote from the report: In 2011 we saw a fall in demand for netbooks, and slowing demand for notebooks and desktops as a direct [Read More...]

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