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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #255 on: November 13, 2018, 02:26:51 AM »

So... just in case any of you wanted to take your unhealthy obsession with a fictional character to the next level...

https://soranews24.com/2017/11/23/japanese-company-recognizes-marriage-with-anime-characters-provides-family-support-benefits/

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« Reply #256 on: November 13, 2018, 07:52:13 AM »
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« Reply #258 on: December 02, 2018, 09:21:45 AM »
the description sounds scary... ???
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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #259 on: January 09, 2019, 08:09:10 PM »
Oh man, lots of super cool stuff coming out of CES, but this one in particular caught my attention. Samsung has created wearable exoskeletons, and they, like ... actually work!

https://gizmodo.com/samsung-let-me-wear-an-exoskeleton-and-i-liked-it-1831593827

Can't wait to strap on one of these bad boys when I get into my golden years and sprint around town.


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« Reply #260 on: January 11, 2019, 04:42:42 PM »
We're still making progress on haptic gloves for VR. This glove actually fits around your entire hand and has built in motors that tense and flex so you feel like you're getting resistance while grabbing and touching things. So cool!

https://uploadvr.com/ces-2019-contact-ci-haptics/

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« Reply #261 on: January 30, 2019, 08:33:50 PM »
Haha, it's funny that many dystopian scifi stories always have a giant corporation as the big bad, but rarely show what happens when two giant corporations fight EACH OTHER.

Behold, Apple and Facebook having an argument.

https://gizmodo.com/facebook-broke-apples-rules-and-now-its-employee-only-i-1832198624

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« Reply #262 on: January 30, 2019, 11:35:02 PM »
Haha, it's funny that many dystopian scifi stories always have a giant corporation as the big bad, but rarely show what happens when two giant corporations fight EACH OTHER.

Behold, Apple and Facebook having an argument.

https://gizmodo.com/facebook-broke-apples-rules-and-now-its-employee-only-i-1832198624

I hate to agree with apple on anything, but fb's Onavo project is evil af. "Onavo Protect" has people scan their fingerprints for "security" while giving fb root access to their phones. It's like Cambridge Analytics on a galactic scale. And they had a whole slew of apps from other developers to mask fb's involvement for those that didn't like fb. The whole "committed to privacy" congressional hearing thing was a joke.

https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/29/facebook-project-atlas/

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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #263 on: January 31, 2019, 06:35:52 AM »

Sorry to doublepost (and I hate to distract from the fb stuff) but this expose on former NSA American hacker mercenaries is just crazy

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-spying-raven-specialreport-idUKKCN1PO1A6

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« Reply #264 on: January 31, 2019, 03:39:31 PM »

Sorry to doublepost (and I hate to distract from the fb stuff) but this expose on former NSA American hacker mercenaries is just crazy

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-spying-raven-specialreport-idUKKCN1PO1A6

Wow, that is a scary article. And it's amazing how the hacker (Stroud) keeps talking about how she was doing "good work" despite helping put a human rights activist in solitary confinement for 10 years (solitary confinement is probably the worst thing you can do to a prisoner short of actively torturing them every day). Tragic.

It's also typical that she had no problem spying on all these innocent foreign nationals, but the moment she starts being asked to target Americans she's like "Oh no, I won't cross that line! I'm a good intelligence officer!"

I suppose when you're disconnected from the results of your actions enough, you can convince yourself of anything.

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« Reply #265 on: February 05, 2019, 09:38:16 PM »
Facebook vs Google vs Amazon vs Microsoft.
Toxic parasites on personal information.
Amazon & Google have a truce right now over Google Streaming/Youtube and Fire Tablet (Android but Playstore replace by Amazon).
Evil Echo / Siri / Cortana  / Google speech search

Harry Harrision: "I always do what teddy says"

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https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/02/04/european_commission_security_risks_kids_smartwatch/

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« Reply #266 on: February 06, 2019, 05:09:45 AM »
Ahh but convenience will always trump security. most IoT devices are insecure and many the products are a solution looking for a problem. Maybe its a good idea to let kids actually not be monitored, tracked and be  instantly contactable all the time.

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« Reply #267 on: February 06, 2019, 07:24:46 AM »
Ahh but convenience will always trump security. most IoT devices are insecure and many the products are a solution looking for a problem. Maybe its a good idea to let kids actually not be monitored, tracked and be  instantly contactable all the time.

The problem is twofold:

1) In addition to dealings with Cambridge Analytica and facilitating Russian fake news, Facebook actually had people inside the Trump campaign.  There were a lot of factors, but in a way facebook got Trump elected, and their position was not neutral. This isn't just data for corporations to exploit for marketing, its data for corporations to exploit for their own political agenda.

2) The government has a long history of using surveillance to suppress social movements. MI5 was caught spying on nonprofits-- I think they even had some operatives places in them if I remember correctly.  And the US FBI has violently targeted activists in Puerto Rico as well as civil rights activists and environmentalists.  Never mind what they are doing in other countries where there are virtually no consequences for them.  If called upon these companies will cooperate.  Google even had contracts with the military at one point.

The bottom line is that it's very bad for democracy.

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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #268 on: February 19, 2019, 03:20:43 PM »
Well, that didn't take long. As of now, we already have pretty much photorealistic VR (for enterprise applications - $6000 dollar headsets!) But to a big company, that's nothing, and the applications for training (particularly the eyetracking data) are exciting.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jessedamiani/2019/02/19/the-varjo-vr-1-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-highest-end-vr-headset-in-the-world/#60f251eb5b91

Consumer headsets still lag far behind this (the Varjo is 20x more clearer than the HTC Vive) but just the fact that these headsets exist is truly exciting. Just as with the advance of flatscreen and HDTVs (which were initially thousands of dollars) 10 years from now, this tech may be available to consumers at a reasonable price.