Hackers Show How Easy It Is to Steal Your Identity from Selfies
Like snapping selfies? Here's something to consider next time you mug for the camera: hackers. Germany's biggest hacker group, the Chaos Computer Club, demonstrated just how easy it is for someone to break through the four most common types of computer protection. Speaking to an enthusiastic audience...
CV Dazzle: Camouflage from Face Detection
Face Once computer vision programs detect a face, they can extract data about your emotions, age, and identity. See how a face is detected Anti Face This face is unrecognizable to several state-of-art face detection algorithms. CV Dazzle explores how fashion can be used as camouflage from face-detection technology, the first step in automated face recognition.
Digital Labor and the Anthropocene
McKenzie Wark is author of A Hacker Manifesto, The Spectacle of Disintegration, the forthcoming I'm Very Into You - a correspondence with the late Kathy Acker - and Molecular Red, among other books. The following transcript is taken from a recent talk delivered at the Digital Labor conference presented by The New School.
Robot Surgeons are the Future of Medicine
Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/11mi0da DISCLAIMER: Surgical imagery depicted. Not for the easily squeamish! // Medical technology is getting weirder everyday -- in a good way. Robotic surgery and computer-assisted medicine are already doing amazing things right now -- just look at the da Vinci Surgical System!
Post-Scarcity Does Not Mean Post-Work
Does the rise of the robots doom us all to unemployment? The answer is most certainly no. Provocative claims that the United States has reached " peak jobs " and will soon be a " post-scarcity economy " neglect an essential part of the reason why we work.
Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age
Algorithms are aimed at optimizing everything. They can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. Still, experts worry they can also put too much control in the hands of corporations and governments, perpetuate bias, create filter bubbles, cut choices, creativity and serendipity, and could result in greater unemployment Algorithms are instructions for solving a problem or completing a task.
The Art Project That Stitches the U.S. and Mexico Together Across the Border
For four days last month, an art collective called Postcommodity erected a two-mile-long temporary installation of balloons that bi-sected the U.S.-Mexico border. Called "Repellent Fence", the project included 26 balloons, each tethered to the other, which floated right above a stretch of the border located on the edge of Douglas, Texas and Agua Prieta, Sonora.
You Are Not Your Name and Photo: A Call to Re-Imagine Identity
At some point in the last few years, "identity" became a nasty word. It's not just identity theft, identity politics or identity requirements. It's everywhere - maybe especially on the web. People like Google's Eric Schmidt began to talk about "identity services" instead of social networks. Identity became synonymous with fixed, verified, monetizable personhood.
Our Generation Ships Will Sink
As noted in Cory's review, Kim Stanley Robinson's makes an undeniable case for ecological stewardship through a rigorous, gripping technological speculation about climate science, biology, space propulsion and sociodynamic factors. In this exclusive feature essay, Robinson explains the technology behind the best science fiction novel of 2015.
US government hack stole fingerprints of 5.6 million federal employees
The number of people applying for or receiving security clearances whose fingerprint images were stolen in one of the worst government data breaches is now believed to be 5.6 million, not 1.1 million as first thought, the Office of Personnel Management announced on Wednesday.
Reverse-Engineered Irises Look So Real, They Fool Eye-Scanners
LAS VEGAS - Remember that scene in Minority Report when the spider robots stalk Tom Cruise to his apartment and scan his iris to identify him? Things could have turned out so much better for Cruise had he been wearing a pair of contact lenses embossed with an image of someone else's iris.
Inside Jaden Smith's "Mystery School" and the Story of How He Built His Own Pyramid
Criticism might bother most people but part time teenager and full time philosopher Jaden Smith has a different approach: he welcomes it. In a recent interview with GQ, Jaden said the fact that people think he's crazy feels like an honor. "Because they thought Galileo was crazy, too," he said.
'The title WANDERERS refers partly to the original meaning of the word "planet". In ancient greek, the planets visible in the sky were collectively called "aster planetes" which means "wandering star". It also refers to ourselves; for hundreds of thousands of years - the wanderers of the Earth.
The Luddite Link: Exploring the history of Luddism
The Luddite Link is a new website launched to celebrate the bicentenary, in 2012, of the Luddite uprising, in which militant workers destroyed machinery (typically stocking frames and shearing frames) in the English textile areas. It is the result of a joint project between the University of Huddersfield, based in the area that was the epicentre of Luddism, and several other partners.
Luddism in a Modern World
"And down with all Kings but King Ludd" Lord Byron, 1812 The original Luddites were followers of a mythical hero known as "King Ludd" or "Ned Ludd". In 1779, in a village somewhere in Leicestershire, Ned Lud broke into a house and "in a fit of insane rage" destroyed two machines used for knitting hosiery.
That human touch that means so much: Exploring the tactile dimension of social life
Interpersonal touch is a fundamental but undervalued aspect of human nature. In the present article, the authors review psychological research showing that even fleeting forms of touch may have a powerful impact on our emotional and social functioning. Given its significant beneficial effects, touch may be valuable as a therapeutic or health-promoting tool.
Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income
I think that wherever possible, we should look to permanently eliminate underlying causes instead of treating symptoms without end. When it comes to minimum wage laws, we're perpetually treating a symptom and not a cause. The problem we wish to solve is that employees aren't getting paid enough to work.
Robot hearts: medicine's new frontier
On a cold, bright January morning I walked south across Westminster Bridge to St Thomas' Hospital, an institution with a proud tradition of innovation: I was there to observe a procedure generally regarded as the greatest advance in cardiac surgery since the turn of the millennium - and one that can be performed without a surgeon.
City-Os, the city operating system - Intelligent Cities - Medium
Intelligent cities mean technology, information, data (or big data...), real time... The objectives are clear and very fair: increase safety, efficiency, improve air quality, reduce pollutants... To do so, cities gather more and more data from tons of different sources and typologies about traffic, weather conditions, transit, emergency calls...
The future of solar power technology is bright
While our recent look at residential solar may lead you to believe harnessing that power is a newer initiative, humans have been exploiting solar energy for thousands of years to heat their homes, cook, and produce hot water. Some of the earliest written references to technology consciously designed to capture the Sun's rays come from ancient Greece.