Sunday, August 20, 2017

Essays , Commentary, and Insights

**WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the Secret Empire storyline. Proceed at your own risk** Captain America, Marvel Comics’ stalwart sentinel of liberty, has been at the center of controversy since he was revealed to have been a lifelong agent of the terrorist organization Hydra on the final page of ...

Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for the movie The Love Witch. Read at your own peril. Witches have been part of literature from the very beginning. Female connection to supernatural powers can be drawn directly from Medea all the way to modern stories such as The Witch and Charmed. ...

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from the author’s master’s thesis. It has been edited for style and length. To read the full work, go here. At the beginning of “The Thing on the Doorstep,” Daniel Upton, the story’s narrator, has murdered his friend Edward Derby. Years before, Derby ...

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  • Israeli Military Veterans Built a Sniper Drone
    In 2015, Israeli Special Forces likely made history by using a sniper rifle mounted on a commercial drone to take out a target. The robotic solution that achieved such pinpoint accuracy came from Duke Robotics, a startup founded by veterans of the Israel Defense Forces. That startup has since developed a multi-rotor sniper drone capable of accurately firing a wide array of weapons such as military assault rifles and grenade launchers. This is not like the usual military drones flying ... Read more...
    Source: Discovery – Technology – AIPublished on Friday, August 18th, 2017
  • Artificial neural networks decode brain activity during performed and imagined movements
    Filtering information for search engines, acting as an opponent during a board game or recognizing images: Artificial intelligence has far outpaced human intelligence in certain tasks. Researchers are showing how ideas from computer science could revolutionize brain research. They illustrate how a self-learning algorithm decodes human brain signals that were measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG). ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily – ComputersPublished on Friday, August 18th, 2017
  • The Robots Will Be Soft and Cuddly and Heal Their Own Wounds
    Belgian researchers built a soft, squishy robot that can heal itself with just a bit of heat. ... Read more...
    Source: Wired – Science – AIPublished on Friday, August 18th, 2017By Matt Simon
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  • Leaders Of Top Robotics And AI Companies Call For Ban On Killer Robots
    By Ariel Conn Founders of AI/robotics companies, including Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX, OpenAI) and Mustafa Suleyman (Google’s ... Read more...
    Source: Huffington Post – Science – SpacePublished on Sunday, August 20th, 2017
  • Cities need more than air conditioning to get through future heat waves
    Pedestrians protect themselves from the sun while walking in central Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (Credit: AP Photo/Mark Baker) In May of this year, a hot spell broiled Boston. In June, extreme temperatures grounded Phoenix’s planes. Last week, Seattle suffered under record temperatures. When a heat wave is forecast, the standard advice is to drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks and wear sunscreen. But for extreme heat events, those steps may not be ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – SpacePublished on Sunday, August 20th, 2017By Nicholas Rajkovich, The Conversation
  • “An Inconvenient Sequel” conveniently leaves out one big truth
    FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, a hornless cow stands in a dairy barn at Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Ind. Fair Oaks, one of the nation’s largest dairy farms with 36,000 cows, is phasing out the use of milk cows with horns _ unruly cows can be hazardous because they can gore farm workers or other animals. About a quarter of its newborn calves are hornless due to selective use ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – SpacePublished on Sunday, August 20th, 2017By Rachel Krantz, <a href="http://www.alternet.org/" class="gaTrackLinkEvent" data-ga-track-json='["source", "click", "Alternet"] target="_blank"'>Alternet</a>
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