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Smart cities won’t infringe on privacy or destroy buildings


Across the world, over a thousand smart city pilots have been launched—many of them attempt to construct entirely new cities with fresh identities from the ‘tabula rasa’ of a blank slate. These new cities can be simply placed down onto the landscape like a grounded alien spaceship, built with technology in mind from day one. Equipping existing urban centers with the latest technology, though, is a different challenge entirely. Cities shaped over centuries by the demands of different civilizations, where horses once pulled carriages, are gradually transitioning to a smarter future. AI-directed traffic, smart parking and other intelligent infrastructure are taking its place on…

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CHEAP: Game your ass off with 43% off HyperX Flight wireless headset


Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Are you sick of storming off your gaming station without realizing you’re still wearing your wired headset? Now’s the time to go wireless. “But wireless headsets are such a rip-off,” you might say. Nope, not when the HyperX Flight is currently selling for just $80 — that’s a massive 43 percent off its list price of $140. The Flight lasts up to 30 hours on a single charge, according to the marketing materials, and unless you never sleep — you shouldn’t have any concerns…

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5 corrupt reasons why people deny the climate crisis


The fossil fuel industry, political lobbyists, media moguls, and individuals have spent the past 30 years sowing doubt about the reality of climate change – where none exists. The latest estimate is that the world’s five largest publicly-owned oil and gas companies spend about US$200 million a year on lobbying to control, delay or block binding climate policy. Their hold on the public seems to be waning. Two recent polls suggested over 75 percent of Americans think humans are causing climate change. School climate strikes, Extinction Rebellion protests, national governments declaring a climate emergency, improved media coverage of climate change…

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Oyama E8D II Review: This folding e-bike gets almost everything right


After testing a few e-bikes this year, it’s quickly become apparent that they are the fastest way to get around a crowded city like New York, especially if you want the optional workout. But there are a few important caveats. For one, e-bikes are typically big and heavy; many city dwellers already forgo regular bikes because they take up too much space in a small apartment or they don’t want to walk them up a flight of stairs. For another, you’ll be even more paranoid about locking them up. You’ll need at least two heavy-duty locks to protect your pricey…

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Captain Obvious FTC rules Cambride Analytica ‘engaged in deceptive practices’


In today’s edition of “Well, duh!” news, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled that Cambridge Analytica deceived Facebook users from whom it harvested valuable data. This comes a full year-and-a-half after the scandal originally broke and after Cambridge Analytica is no more, but hey… better late than never, right? Last year, Cambridge Analytica ignited a firestorm when it came to light it’d used Facebook user information to help compile voter profiles. Said Facebook user information was harvested by former professor Aleksandr Kogan via a “research app” without said users’ consent. That’s the short version anyway. This turned into a…

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Why China’s ‘military AI budget’ is irrelevant (spoiler: all AI is military AI)


A recently published study from the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), a think-tank at Georgetown University, indicates commonly held perceptions about China‘s supposed AI spending may be grossly off-base. Key takeaways suggest the PRC spends much less than the US on ‘military‘ and ‘defense‘ AI. Here’s a hot take: All AI is military AI. Let’s start with the study. You can read it here, but to briefly sum up, the authors write: We assess with low to moderate confidence that China’s public investment in AI R&D was on the order of a few billion dollars in 2018. With…

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The Cybertruck looks right at home in this Goldeneye mod


A clever modder has put the Cybertruck in an environment where its striking appearance fits in — namely, a Nintendo 64 game. The Nintendo 64 game: Goldeneye 007. And damned if it doesn’t suit it perfectly. One of the most common jokes at the expense of the Cybertruck was that it looked like a polygonal model from a 64-bit console of choice. It was compared to everything from Pokémon to Lara Croft’s bust line — but my favorites were probably the Photoshop jobs that put the car into old-school racing games like Cruisin’ World. Twitter is a riot when it’s got something this cool to…

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Horrible Chinese game asks players to beat up Hong Kong protestors


There have been plenty of games and apps that have sprung up as a result of Hong Kong protests. Now, a rather distasteful game called Everyone Hit the Traitors is being circulated in China, Abacus reports. The propaganda game lets you hit black-clad Hong Kong protestors with a bat – almost like whack-a-mole. The objective is to stop the bunch of protestors from cross the line. The game is set up on a Hong Kong street and it initially tells you a number of “traitors” are conspiring with western powers in form of a protest. The free-to-play web game also portrays some…

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