Friday, July 1, 2022

Technology

The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw

In 2019, guards on the borders of Greece, Hungary, and Latvia began testing an artificial-intelligence-powered lie detector. The system, called iBorderCtrl, analyzed facial movements to attempt to spot signs a person was lying to a border agent. The trial...

The Best Phones With an Actual Headphone Jack

It's been nearly six years since Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone. Yes, you can get excellent wireless earbuds nowadays, but maybe you prefer plugging in, or you just don't want to think about charging your headphones....

School Surveillance Will Never Protect Kids From Shootings

If we are to believe the purveyors of school surveillance systems, K-12 schools will soon operate in a manner akin to some agglomeration of Minority Report, Person of Interest, and Robocop. “Military grade” systems would slurp up student data,...

A New, Remarkably Sophisticated Malware Is Attacking Routers

An unusually advanced hacking group has spent almost two years infecting a wide range of routers in North America and Europe with malware that takes full control of connected devices running Windows, macOS, and Linux, researchers reported on June...

The Metaverse is Still Messy

They did a second thing, which is they changed their developer licensing agreement such that if there's ever a dispute, they need a court injunction to cut you off. This is a fundamental belief that for the metaverse to...

Netflix’s Spiderhead Lacks the Charm of the Story It’s Based On

Per Netflix’s confusing proprietary data, in its first week of release Spiderhead was viewed for a collective 35 million hours. Theoretically, any sci-fi head should be stoked by the existence of a lavishly made non-franchise sci-fi success built off...

The World Can’t Wean Itself Off Chinese Lithium

Lithium projects outside China have been at the mercy of the markets, slowing and expanding as the price of lithium ebbs and flows. But domestic investment has been almost constant. As a result, China is the only country that...

Worker-Owned Apps Are Redefining the Sharing Economy

To compete with well-funded private platforms, active government and municipal intervention is vital for platform cooperatives. This could be through procurement policies that give platform cooperatives preferential treatment over privately-owned companies, conducting research into how laws must adapt around...

Why the Search for Life on Mars Is Happening in Canada’s Arctic

Only the hardiest organisms can thrive in one of the coldest springs on earth. That’s why in the summers of 2017 and 2019, Lyle Whyte took a helicopter to Lost Hammer Spring in the unpopulated High Arctic region of...

You Need to Update Windows and Chrome Right Now

June has seen the release of multiple security updates, with important patches issued for the likes of Google's Chrome and Android as well as dozens of patches for Microsoft products, including fixes for a Windows zero-day vulnerability that attackers...
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David Arquette, Elizabeth Marvel Join Damon Lindelof & Tara Hernandez Peacock Series ‘Mrs. Davis’

David Arquette and Elizabeth Marvel are the latest additions to the cast of Damon Lindelof and Tara Hernandez’s Peacock...
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Trailer Watch: Phoebe Robinson Is a Podcast Host Learning How to Adult in “Everything’s Trash”

Phoebe Robinson is conquering another medium with “Everything’s Trash,” a Freeform comedy based on her 2018 New York Times bestseller. The “2 Dope Queens”...

Greenwich Entertainment Buys Stewart Brand Doc ‘We Are As Gods’ (EXCLUSIVE)

A documentary on counterculture icon and environmentalist Stewart Brand will get a U.S. release via Greenwich Entertainment. The indie distributor has bought the long-gestating...

El Salvador Civil War Movie ‘Fireflies at El Mozote,’ Exec Produced by Bob Yari, Greenlit by Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Bob Yari, whose credits include “Crash” and “Yellowstone,” will serve as executive producer on “Fireflies at El Mozote,” one of three films set in...

Sigourney Weaver Plays a Teenager in ‘Avatar 2’: ‘Thrilled to Be Given That Challenge’

“Avatar” fans have known for quite some time that Sigourney Weaver is coming back for the upcoming sequel, “Avatar: The Way of Water,” but...