Category Archives: Science & Tech
It’s a shame that market economics requires humans to work, because robots could free us up for ‘funemployment’ with some slight changes to capitalism.
It’s a shame that market economics requires human beings to work. We need to maintain purchasing power to buy “stuff”, or else the whole system collapses. That’s troubling, because a recent study at Oxford University shows almost half the worlds jobs could be replaced by machine automation in the next 20 years. An intelligent species (like humans) should embrace technology, and free us from the need to work. Unfortunately, unemployment is a bad thing for capitalism. But trust me, it’s even worse for the Marxists.
Soon, virtual reality is going to crash into our lives in a way we never even imagined. Though dating and masturbating have long been commandeered by the web, it’s only been as a kind of middleman. Now we’re nearing the possibility of falling in love with your computer, as meeting your dream partner could be as easy as slipping on Oculus Rift—the most advanced virtual reality headset in the world.
Bill Nye (The Science Guy) reiterates what we have known for a long time, but there are still legions of adults who are teaching their kids this nonsense. Kids, in general, are going to feel a stronger connection with their parents and immediate family members than they are with their science teacher at school.
When your entire social support group is comprised of adults who read a literal interpretation of the Bible, and who are indoctrinating you into that belief system, it’s very difficult to break out of that cycle. It becomes part of your identity and set of core values. As such, the adults who are in charge of propagating this garbage need to publicly be challenged and disputed.
OKCupid is one of the largest online dating sites in the world with over 4 million monthly active users. While the explicit purpose of OKCupid is to help users find romance, the site’s co-founder Christian Rudder has discovered a dual purpose for the information produced through the dating site.
Courting controversy, Rudder has sorted through the data of 25 million users, revealing findings on beauty, attraction, race, and gender. Rudder has recently released some of those numbers in a book about online dating, titled ‘Dataclysm’. In this short video, Rudder shares some of his discoveries and discusses “who we are when we think no one’s looking.”
Kepler has opened up a whole new universe in the understanding of our place in the cosmos. Only about 20 years ago, we didn’t know if there were any other planets around any other stars besides our own, now we know we live in a galaxy that contains more planets than stars. Every star in our galaxy has on average 1.6 planets in orbit around it.
Our own galaxy contains over 200 billion stars, with approximately 40 billion much like our own sun. Now, according to Kepler, there are nearly 9 billion planets roughly the same size as Earth. These planets will have the same potential as having liquid water on their surface, provided they are located in the circumstellar habitable zone.
Surveillance technologies are pervasive in the 21st century. They are infiltrating our streets, our shops, and now even our homes with devices like the Xbox Kinect or “Jibo” the family robot. In the following video, Alltime 10’s presents many surveillance technologies which are seeing rapid implementation among advanced nations.
They include so-called “pre-crime” cameras, which are thermal imaging cameras that monitor pulse rates and facial expressions of potential criminals, to “eyesee mannequins” which are cameras fitted in the eyes of store mannequins to record customer movements. It may also interest you to know that U.S. and British authorities use ‘World Of Warcraft’ Avatars to monitor potential “terror” suspects.
DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is soliciting companies that will be able to provide technology to the U.S. Department of Defense, with the aim of predicting future “societal unrest” by keeping tabs of all human activities which are in any way ‘measurable’ by digital tools.
This is according to a story posted by FedBizOpps, which outlined DARPA’s intention to fund research and development of what they call “game-changing technologies” that will provide a “decisive information advantage for the U.S. and it’s allies”. It goes on to claim that all human activities which can theoretically be measured, are being quantitatively re-examined in the context of this new “big data” capability for the U.S. government.
Touted as the world’s first “family robot”, JIBO is planned to be a $500 device which can “help out around the house” by intelligently tracking the action around him and taking high-definition video and photos. Because not only is taking video or photography yourself too much of a hassle these days, the NSA probably thinks this would be a wonderful idea for “security”.
JIBO also acts as an inferior supplement to actual human interaction for the elderly, and allows parents to avoid bonding with their young child by assigning JIBO the task of reading bedtime stories instead of themselves. Finally, rather than allowing a family to simply sit down and enjoy a meal together, JIBO must interfere with the moment by displaying pictures of the pizza their college-age son is eating over on campus.
German politicians may resort to using old school typewriters again, in order to maintain privacy for highly sensitive documents. American espionage activity, both from the National Security Agency and CIA, has led some lawmakers to consider reverting to other non-electronic methods of communication that are more difficult to spy on. RT’s Ameera David has more details on the reasons behind the potential move.
Is Bitcoin part of a global conspiracy involving the richest and most powerful people in the world? Bitcoin was introduced in 2009 in response to the financial crisis. Because it is used for person-to-person transactions, money experts and the U.S. government treat it like it’s a currency.
However, unlike other currencies, the limited number of bitcoins makes them highly valuable, like rare commodities. Furthermore, bitcoins are not subject to government regulation, and payment with the digital currency is untraceable. Therefore, bitcoin users can freely make transactions without the risk of government surveillance.
As a result, criminals use the new currency on the deep web, yet big finance is keenly investing in it. New World Order Insider believes bitcoins may really be a tool created by the world’s most powerful people, and introduced while global markets are at their weakest, in order to establish a one-world currency and economy.