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Robots are evil: the sci-fi myth of killer machines

Robots are evil: the sci-fi myth of killer machines | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The power of science fiction to trick even geniuses into embarrassing themselves.

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Facebook will now track you and force feed you ads even if you don't use it

Facebook will now track you and force feed you ads even if you don't use it | Technoculture | Scoop.it

There is no escaping Facebook’s advertising reach. The social network has announced that it will now be foisting ads on to every single person who uses third-party sites that are signed up to its advertising scheme, regardless of whether the user has a Facebook account or not.

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Jury hands Oracle its ass, says Google doesn't owe it a penny for Java

Jury hands Oracle its ass, says Google doesn't owe it a penny for Java | Technoculture | Scoop.it
When Oracle bought Sun Microsystems, they acquired Java, Sun’s popular programming language, pitched from its inception as an open standard for the networked computer.
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Gawker founder challenges billionaire Facebook board member to public debate after lawsuit revelation

Gawker founder challenges billionaire Facebook board member to public debate after lawsuit revelation | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Gawker founder Nick Denton wants to take his media company's battle with billionaire investor Peter Thiel out of the shadows and into a more visible arena.

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The horrors of This War of Mine make for a tense and traumatic board game

The horrors of This War of Mine make for a tense and traumatic board game | Technoculture | Scoop.it

This War of Mine: The Board Game is an adaptation of 11 Bit Studios’ video game of the same name. It’s currently wrapping up a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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If robots are the future of work, where do humans fit in?

If robots are the future of work, where do humans fit in? | Technoculture | Scoop.it
Zoe Williams: We need to rethink our view of jobs and leisure – and quickly, if we are to avoid becoming obsolete.
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Reboot: Adidas to make shoes in Germany again – but using robots

Reboot: Adidas to make shoes in Germany again – but using robots | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Company unveils new factory in Germany that will use machines to make shoes instead of humans in Asia.

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DRM on Oculus accidentally made it easier for pirates to play stolen software

DRM on Oculus accidentally made it easier for pirates to play stolen software | Technoculture | Scoop.it

An update issued by Oculus for its virtual reality platform was designed to prevent exclusive titles from being played on competitor's headsets, but may have inadvertently opened the company's games up to being even easier to pirate.

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Apple supplier Foxconn has replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots

Apple supplier Foxconn has replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Employee numbers at the Foxconn factory in Kunshan were slashed from 110,000 to 50,000.

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Algorithmic risk-assessment: hiding racism behind 'empirical' black boxes

Algorithmic risk-assessment: hiding racism behind 'empirical' black boxes | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Courts around America and the world increasingly rely on software based risk-assessment software in determining bail and sentencing.

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Twitter blows up the 140-character limit

Twitter blows up the 140-character limit | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Twitter just announced that @mentions, pictures, and quoted tweets won’t count towards the 140-character limit.

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Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the internet

Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the internet | Technoculture | Scoop.it

As we witness what may be the final days of Yahoo as an independent business, consider how just a decade ago it was running neck-and-neck with Google, now one of the world’s largest companies by market value.

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Think you're not being tracked? Now websites turn to audio fingerprinting to follow you

Think you're not being tracked? Now websites turn to audio fingerprinting to follow you | Technoculture | Scoop.it
Online trackers add audio fingerprinting to their arsenal of tools to identify and follow people on the web.
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Consent of the Networked: how technology can make us free, or take away our liberty

Consent of the Networked: how technology can make us free, or take away our liberty | Technoculture | Scoop.it

An indispensable, levelheaded explanation.

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English-speaking Asian Americans stand out for their technology use

English-speaking Asian Americans stand out for their technology use | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Discussions of the 'digital divide' often touch on race and ethnicity – and the narrative is often that whites lead in technology adoption while other racial or ethnic groups struggle to keep up. But a new analysis of four Pew Research Center surveys conducted in 2015 finds that this isn’t true for one group: English-speaking Asian Americans.

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Two-hundred-terabyte maths proof is largest ever

Two-hundred-terabyte maths proof is largest ever | Technoculture | Scoop.it
A computer cracks the Boolean Pythagorean triples problem — but is it really maths?
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Watchmen warn Palestinians of Israeli raids in the West Bank using Facebook

Watchmen warn Palestinians of Israeli raids in the West Bank using Facebook | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Residents of West Bank refugee camps take to social media to warn their neighbours of imminent Israeli incursions.

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Microsoft Windows 10 upgrade condemned as 'deceitful' and 'nasty'

Microsoft Windows 10 upgrade condemned as 'deceitful' and 'nasty' | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Microsoft have now labelled the update as 'recommended'.

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How Genius annotations undermined web security

How Genius annotations undermined web security | Technoculture | Scoop.it

To comment on other people’s websites, Genius broke a 20-year-old browser security system.

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Who will own the robots?

Who will own the robots? | Technoculture | Scoop.it
We’re in the midst of a jobs crisis, and rapid advances in AI and other technologies may be one culprit. How can we get better at sharing the wealth that technology creates?
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Ethereum, explained: why Bitcoin's stranger cousin is now worth $1 billion

Ethereum, explained: why Bitcoin's stranger cousin is now worth $1 billion | Technoculture | Scoop.it

For the first time since its creation, Bitcoin is in danger of losing its status as the world's leading cryptocurrency. The new challenger is a Bitcoin-like technology called Ethereum that has seen a surge of interest from users, developers, and the corporate world.

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Microsoft crafts new policy in effort to ban 'terrorist content'

Microsoft crafts new policy in effort to ban 'terrorist content' | Technoculture | Scoop.it
Microsoft announced on Friday that it will ban content 'used to promote terrorist violence or recruit for terrorist groups' on most – but not all – of its platforms.
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Facebook finds no evidence of Trending bias, but makes changes anyway

Facebook finds no evidence of Trending bias, but makes changes anyway | Technoculture | Scoop.it

It will make some changes to how the tool works, including no longer using outside sites to determine if a trending story is relevant.

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How the Gothic city of York became a broadband battleground

How the Gothic city of York became a broadband battleground | Technoculture | Scoop.it
A rented terrace in the north-west of the city is the unlikely centre of activity plans to build a national broadband network that is 100 quicker than your typical connection.
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How technology hijacks people's minds

How technology hijacks people's minds | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Product designers play your psychological vulnerabilities (consciously and unconsciously) against you in the race to grab your attention.

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