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Report: Here’s How Tom DeLonge’s UFO Research Group Got Those ‘Alien Alloys’

To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA), the UFO research organisation founded by former Blink 182 star Tom DeLonge, entered into a contract with the U.S. Army earlier this year to have the military vet exotic technologies supposedly in its possession – including “samples of of mechanical and EM sensitive metamaterial.” Those are the much-ballyhooed “alien alloys” that keep getting brought up in connection to TTSA, though officials connected with the institution have insisted the word “alloy” is inaccurate and their alleged special properties have never been confirmed. Read More >>

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Microsoft Taps Former US Attorney General to Audit AnyVision Over Concerns of Face Recognition Surveillance

Microsoft is bringing on former US Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether AnyVision, a facial recognition company it invested in over the summer, violated Microsoft’s ethics guidelines, according to an NBC News report Friday. Read More >>

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Motorola Is Bringing Back the Flip Phone With an All-Display Razr Device

Motorola is bringing the flip phone back, baby: on Wednesday, Verizon announced the debut of a new Razr phone with a 6.2-inch foldable display that flips to half size. (But not before a day of leaks.) Read More >>

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Report: Apple’s AR Headset Won’t Be Out Until 2022, With AR Glasses to Follow in 2023

Apple won’t be launching new augmented reality products until at least 2022 to 2023, the Information reported on Monday, citing an internal Apple presentation described by sources. Read More >>

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You Can Now Control Your Roku From the Apple Watch

If you happen to be somewhere in the intersection of Roku and Apple Watch owners, good news. On Friday, Roku launched a free app for your wrist that features voice controls and the ability to find your remote. Read More >>

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Let’s All Feed OpenAI’s Predictive Text Generator the Daftest Crap We Can

This week, Elon Musk-backed OpenAI released to the public the latest version of their GPT-2 predictive text generator, which is capable of taking a writing prompt and continuing based on 40 gigabytes of data pulled from around eight million websites. This is impressive, next-generation technology, and I absolutely cannot stop feeding it the daftest crap imaginable and seeing what it does. Read More >>

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Neo-Nazi Web Forum Iron March Has SQL Database Dumped on the Internet Archive

Someone going by the handle “antifa-data” uploaded what appears to be the entire SQL database of Iron March—a defunct fascist web forum where the Atomwaffen Division (AWD) terrorist organisation reportedly first organised—to the Internet Archive on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Turns Out Elon Musk-Backed OpenAI’s Text Generator Is More Funny Than Dangerous, For Now

Elon Musk-backed non-profit OpenAI, which claimed to have developed a machine learning-powered text generation software so powerful that it couldn’t be ethically released to the public, has... done just that. Read More >>

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Henry Kissinger Warns That AI Will Fundamentally Alter Human Consciousness

Speaking in Washington, DC on Tuesday, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger said he’s convinced of AI’s potential to fundamentally alter human consciousness – including changes in our self-perception and strategic decision-making. He also slammed AI developers for insufficiently thinking through the implications of their creations. Read More >>

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What Are the Biggest Challenges Technology Must Overcome in the Next 10 Years?

Technology’s fine – I definitely like texting, and some of the shows on Netflix are tolerable – but the field’s got some serious kinks to work out. Some of these are hardware-related: when, for instance, will quantum computing become practical? Others are of more immediate concern. Is there some way to stop latently homicidal weirdos from getting radicalised online? Can social networks be tweaked in such a way as to not nearly guarantee the outbreak of the second Civil War? As AI advances and proliferates, how can we stop it from perpetuating, or worsening, injustice and discrimination? Read More >>

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Investigation Finds Uber Self-Driving Car in Fatal Crash Saw Victim, But Wasn’t Programmed to Handle Jaywalkers

US federal investigators have determined an Uber self-driving car that killed 49-year-old pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in the American city of Tempe, Arizona in March 2018 lacked programming to either recognise or respond to the presence of jaywalkers on the road, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

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Does Everything Become Evil?

In a sinister corporate nightmare where your bladder is a redundancy, it’s not surprising that warehouses would collect workers’ aggregate corporeal data, and a new company is testing the limits of what we’ll put up with. Bloomberg reports that major manufacturing and shipping companies are asking their manual labourers to strap on motion sensors ostensibly for their own safety, vibrating on their chests to alert them to potentially hazardous bends and twists. Employers then inspect workers’ every move, opening an obvious path to intensive micro-surveillance of their productivity. Read More >>

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FACEBOOK IS DOING JUST FINE, OK?

Keeping a brisk pace in its eternal quest to be as headache-inducing as possible, Facebook announced on Monday that it has rebranded as FACEBOOK. Read More >>

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Surprising No One, Uber Continues to Haemorrhage Cash

Beleaguered ride-sharing giant Uber continued to torch cash like an outdated Joker reference in Q3 2019, but it claims that the news is positive because parts of its business would technically be profitable if one looked past all the ways it’s losing money. Read More >>