Titanfall [Game Review]

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Since we’re getting into the summer months, I thought I’d run a few more game reviews, starting with that rarest of all things: a multiplayer shooter that I don’t hate. You see, Titanfall (Electronic Arts: PC/Xbox 360/Xbox One) is fun. Yeah, I know: big deal. It’s game. Isn’t “being fun” a basic part of its [Read More...]

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Paralyzed Man Moves Hand With Aid From An Implanted Chip

Ian Burkhart, paralyzed in a swimming accident, became the first person to move his own body with help from a microchip implanted in the brain. Dubbed “Neurobridge,” the technology allows the chip to read rudimentary thoughts in the patient’s brain and then trigger electrodes to stimulate muscles in the hand, causing directed motion. From The [Read More...]

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Culture and Colossus: Two Visions of Technology

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Grant Morrison, Professor Emeritus of History at Long Island University (not the comic book writer), offers a superb essay comparing two opposing visions of humanity’s technological past, present, and future: O. B. Hardison, as put forth in Disappearing Through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century, and Neal Postman, in his classic Technopoly: The Surrender [Read More...]

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Pentacycles

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From our Failed Inventions files: pentacycles, designed for mailmen in 1882. I can’t understand why they didn’t catch on. [Read more...]

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The Latest Federal Power Grab: Navigation Apps

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Government bureaucracy is the kudzu of modern civilization. It’s a smothering, all-consuming, self-perpetuating monster that sucks the life out of everything it touches.  Case in point: for some bizarre reason known only to the infantile minds of government functionaries, Obama’s Transportation Department (go ahead, I defy you to explain why a such thing even exists) [Read More...]

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Reinventing the Bike, and Making it Worse

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This thing is called the Fliz, and it’s all kinds of wrong. It’s a sorta-bike, but not really. Rather than pedaling, you kind of scoot along. And instead of sitting on it, you sort of hang from it, with part of the frame encircling your neck (!), and straps under your groin (!!). Because whenever [Read More...]

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Kids React to a Walkman

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I was asked to show a section of a movie to some students last week. When I got there it was on VHS. Finding the exact spot was a reminder of all the things I don’t miss. Keep an eye on little 8-year-old Samirah here. She’s a smart one. [Read more...]

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Sound Cannons to Be Fired at Drivers

LRAD stands for Long Range Acoustic Device, and it’s a kind of sonic weapon created for breaking up large protests and hailing people at extreme distances. And now it’s going to be fired at motorists driving at high speeds through construction zones. Missouri’s Department of Transportation is going to give the device to road workers [Read More...]

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