Google Glass Lets You Take Photos With Your Brain

If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

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Android Art: The Accidental Selfies of Google Art Project

Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

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A Coin-Inspired National Spirit, Hopefully

The Lakota Nation, a group of seven Native American bands in North and South Dakota, voted to make a Bitcoin-like crypto-currency called MazaCoin their official currency, according to Forbes. Programmer and Lakota activist Payu Harris believes that the coin will help the Lakota people gain sovereignty over their land. “To be a truly independent state […]

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Smartguns and the Promise of Progress

With the recent Sandy Hook elementary school shooting (and the 44 school shootings since) still relatively fresh in our collective minds, and with Congress empirically unable to do anything to stop gun violence at all, it seems slowing, if not stopping, the gun violence epidemic has fallen on a strange coalition of gun manufacturers, Silicon […]

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Wikipedia Wars: The 10 Most Controversial Articles on Wikipedia

If the most controversial Wikipedia articles in every language were analyzed, what could we reveal about the world? With a workforce of over 77,000 contributors creating 22 million articles in 285 different languages, Wikipedia, the editable online encyclopedia, is a major force of knowledge. But with so many articles (4 million in English alone) edited […]

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How Does Autopilot Work?

Otto the Autopilot

At any given moment there are more than 5,000 airplanes ushering passengers across the states to one of 19,000 airports in the country. Travelers can climb into a flying metal tube and make their way from Los Angeles to New York in five hours, watching Everybody Loves Raymond and sipping from miniaturized cups all the while. Tens of thousands of hours are spent in the sky on any given day, and assisting each flight across the clouds is the plane’s autopilot system.

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Ray Kurzweil Wants Your Brain So He Can Build His Own

Ray Kurzweil has been writing about artificial intelligence and predicting the future for decades now. In 1999, before the iPod even existed, he predicted that in ten years we would have self-driving cars and mobile phones people could ask questions of. His predictions were right, and in December 2012, Kurzweil joined Google, a company responsible […]

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The Seemingly Ridiculous and Insane Startup Ideas Worth Millions of Dollars

The past, present, and future of the Internet and technology is founded on the risky ideas of entrepreneurs who dared to come up with something they truly believed the world needed. Unfortunately they can’t just believe it; they need to convince other people to believe in it too. And sometimes, if they want to make […]

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At the Heart of Every Great Pixar Film there is Math

As Pixar’s Senior Scientist, Dr. Tony DeRose is the genius that makes telling Pixar stories possible. While most animation might be considered an artistic discipline, computer-based animation relies on strong principles of mathematics. At a lecture DeRose gave at New York’s Museum of Math, he describes his job as “translating principles of arithmetic, geometry, and […]

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Minnesota Attempts to Ban Free Online Education Using Antiquated Law

This post was updated at 20:24:00 CST on October 18 Hats off to the great state of Minnesota whose Office of Higher Education recently sent out letters in an attempt to ban Massive Online Open Classrooms from the state. The main group asked to leave is Coursera, a company founded by Stanford computer science professors […]

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  • Google Glass Lets You Take Photos With Your Brain
    July 12, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

  • Android Art: The Accidental Selfies of Google Art Project
    July 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

  • Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist
    July 4, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

  • Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From
    July 2, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Mall
    June 24, 2014 | 9:07 pm

    For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

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