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Nature-inspired materials could help camouflage

Nature-inspired materials could help camouflage | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Smart clothes that change colour could help people to camouflage - just like squids do, say scientists.

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geek as hell: random acts of geekness

geek as hell: random acts of geekness | Technoculture | Scoop.it

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Who's afraid of robot journalists?

Who's afraid of robot journalists? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The Associated Press recently announced that most of its coverage of corporate earnings reports will soon be 'produced using automation technology'. It’s just the latest example of algorithm-driven tools that arrange straightforward English sentences into a news story, with little or no human intervention — the bot-ification of journalism.

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Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: memes and Twitter reaction after Brazil suffer historic 7-1 defeat

Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: memes and Twitter reaction after Brazil suffer historic 7-1 defeat | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Plenty of Premier League stars, famous names and jokers have had their say on the incredible semi-final.

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MySpace to Sega: unfortunate tech-themed tattoos

MySpace to Sega: unfortunate tech-themed tattoos | Technoculture | Scoop.it

From the Google logo emblazoned on knuckles to a MySpace love letter right across someone's stomach, technology evangelists are getting inky odes that will almost certainly outlast their favourite brands. Here are some of the weirdest, grossest and most creative tech tattoos

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Innovation: the government was crucial after all

Innovation: the government was crucial after all | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Jeff Madrick: We hear time and again from those who should know better that government is a hindrance to the innovation that produces economic growth. Above all, the government should not try to pick 'winners' by investing in what may be the next great companies. Many orthodox economists insist that the government should just get out of the way. A new book, The Entrepreneurial State by Mariana Mazzucato, forcefully documents just how wrong these assertions are.

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The Supreme Court has effectively killed TV streaming service Aereo

The Supreme Court has effectively killed TV streaming service Aereo | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The Supreme Court Of The United States has ruled against Aereo, an online TV streaming service, effectively making its entire business illegal. 

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Five things you do when the Internet is down

Five things you do when the Internet is down | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Imagine a scenario when there is no Internet at all. It's not that hard, it happens to all of us - the electricity goes off, it rains cats and dogs, or just some random reason makes the internet go poof. So what really happens in that situation? What do you do?

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Mass surveillance of social media is permitted by law, says top UK official

Mass surveillance of social media is permitted by law, says top UK official | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Charles Farr's statement marks first time government has commented on how it exploits the UK's legal framework to operate mass interception.

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Jennifer in paradise: the story of the first Photoshopped image

Jennifer in paradise: the story of the first Photoshopped image | Technoculture | Scoop.it

One holiday snap has been manipulated thousands of times on thousands of computers. Gordon Comstock on how a woman on a beach in Bora Bora taught the world to tinker with pictures.

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Computer passes the Turing Test? I'm not convinced

Computer passes the Turing Test? I'm not convinced | Technoculture | Scoop.it

University of Reading claims a computer program passed the Turing Test and convinced judges it was a 13-year-old boy. But does it really count, asks Matthew Sparkes.

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Hackers have been changing digital road signs and Homeland Security is not amused

Hackers have been changing digital road signs and Homeland Security is not amused | Technoculture | Scoop.it

People are often worried about malicious hacks that threaten their data or personal safety, but there's a lighthearted side of hacks. Who doesn’t giggle at a 'Godzilla Attack!' or 'Turn Back' highway sign? Still, for drivers to trust government signs, they need to be accurate, and Homeland Security is telling sign contractors that the hacks have to stop.

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The CIA's cute first tweet can't cover its bloody tracks

The CIA's cute first tweet can't cover its bloody tracks | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Owen Jones: As the agency strives to craft a cuddly new image, we mustn't allow it to whitewash its history of torture and murder.

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Michigan is getting a fake city for testing automated cars

Michigan is getting a fake city for testing automated cars | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The University of Michigan is building a test city and highway just for automated cars — a 30-acre facility complete with traffic lights, construction zones, and a 'mechanical pedestrian'.

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The best World Cup memes

The best World Cup memes | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The 2014 tournament has smashed social media records with some of the highest numbers recorded on Facebook and Twitter, and that means there have been more memes than ever too.

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'Sad Brazilians': website dedicated to Brazilians crying

'Sad Brazilians': website dedicated to Brazilians crying | Technoculture | Scoop.it

As the whole damned planet knows by now Germany slaughtered Brazil during their semi-final match yesterday. Lots of Brazilians were losing their shit and crying. There’s a website dedicated to Brazilians with serious cases of the sads over their epic loss to Germany.

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Please don't give this kid money for his potato salad Kickstarter

Please don't give this kid money for his potato salad Kickstarter | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Forget normcore: The real harbinger of the Fall Of The Ironic Empire is the fact that some kid in Ohio has raised over $9,000 (and counting) to make a fucking potato salad.

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Facebook's unethical experiment manipulated users' emotions

Facebook's unethical experiment manipulated users' emotions | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Facebook has been experimenting on us. A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that Facebook intentionally manipulated the news feeds of almost 700,000 users in order to study 'emotional contagion through social networks'.

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Google wants to be your roommate

Google wants to be your roommate | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Will this be the end of privacy?

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'The Internet's Own Boy': how the government destroyed Aaron Swartz

'The Internet's Own Boy': how the government destroyed Aaron Swartz | Technoculture | Scoop.it

A film tells the story of the coder-activist who fought corporate power and corruption -- and paid a cruel price.

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Is coding the new literacy?

Is coding the new literacy? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Why America's schools need to train a generation of hackers.

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Flipbook goal: Van Persie

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Don't believe the science hype – we haven't created true AI yet

Don't believe the science hype – we haven't created true AI yet | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Yorick Wilks: Despite claims made for the Eugene Goostman software there's a way to go before chatbots will be able run call centres for us.

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Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance

Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Wires allow agencies to listen to or record live conversations, in what privacy campaigners are calling a 'nightmare scenario'.

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Why the Turing Test is bullshit

Why the Turing Test is bullshit | Technoculture | Scoop.it

As many reported yesterday, a chatbot has passed the Turing Test, though under some very convenient conditions. The announcement has led some to declare that the age of AI is finally here, but that's nonsense. Here's why the Turing Test is a very poor way of measuring machine intelligence.

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When computer programming was 'women's work'

When computer programming was 'women's work' | Technoculture | Scoop.it

'It’s just like planning a dinner', Adm. Grace Hopper, a computer science pioneer, explained to Cosmopolitan readers in a 1967 story. 'You have to plan ahead and schedule everything so it’s ready when you need it'. Pot roast or computer programming — both, Cosmo told its readers, could be women’s work.

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Trendy technologies never live up to the hype. Until they do

Trendy technologies never live up to the hype. Until they do | Technoculture | Scoop.it
How futuristic technologies go from hyped to hated — and back again.
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