He doesn’t drink, he’s reading Dostoevsky and, no, he doesn’t wear a disguise. A year after blowing the whistle on the NSA, America’s most wanted talks to Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill about his life as a hero-pariah – and why the world remains ‘more dangerous than Orwell imagined’.
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.
Without thinking, humans tend to mimic the facial expressions of others. When other individuals smile, people smile and feel warmth. When others frown, people frown and share their sadness. This empathetic response is so strong that people might even instinctively copy the facial expressions of creepy robots, a new study suggests.
A team of materials science researchers from the US may have just made the first breakthrough that could make so-called 'soft matter' a viable data storage medium — at some incredible storage densities, too.
Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. This week’s report begins in Southeast Asia, where writers and activists across the region are feeling the chill of government restrictions on digital expression.
This weekend is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, when man first set foot on the moon, but Buzz Aldrin just tipped us off to another of his many accomplishments: He took the world's first space selfie back in 1966. Eat your heart out, Instagram.
'You couldn’t work as a journalist, if you were not able to do an interview. The same applies to data journalism in the age of digitalization' – says Nils Mulvad, a world renowned data journalist, editor at Kaas & Mulvad and associate professor at The Danish School of Media and Journalism during the Data Harvest 2014 conference.
Jibo’s charm is also slightly unnerving. The device is supposed to use things like facial recognition and ambient sensors to analyze who is in a room and what's going on. When Jibo is in rest position, its cameras face down, and it can be turned on and off. If you want some private, robot-free time, it can also be put in a sleep mode where it is passively listening for a wake-up phrase and won’t respond to anything else.
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.