Cloud Support: Why Do I Keep Refusing OS Updates?

Cloud Support: Why Do I Keep Refusing OS Updates?

Open a cloud support ticket for assistance with your personal problems, moral dilemmas, or philosophical concerns about encounters with technology.On the other hand, it’s not like accepting an update will put an end to them.

Dystopia Isn’t Sci-Fi—for Me, It’s the American Reality

Dystopia Isn’t Sci-Fi—for Me, It’s the American Reality

Under this framing, injustice becomes normal, oppression is realistic, and any move towards justice and equity must come from struggle.This moment may provide a way out of dystopia, but there has to be a collective reckoning with the dystopian aspects of American society as well as the cruel price of progress repeatedly placed on the backs of the oppressed.

Enhanced Intelligence, VR Sex, and Our Cyborg Future

Enhanced Intelligence, VR Sex, and Our Cyborg Future

If you could press a button to merge your mind with an artificial intelligence computer—expanding your brain power, your memory, and your creative capacity—would you take the leap?“I would press it in a microsecond,” says Sebastian Thrun, who previously led Stanford University’s AI Lab. Turning yourself into a cyborg might sound like pure sci-fi, but recent progress in AI, neural implants , and wearable gadgets make it seem increasingly imaginable.

The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction

The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction

“What do we learn from women?” Le Guin once asked.Morrison, too, passed away this decade, a year after Le Guin, at the immortal age of 88.Best Fiction of the Decade:.

Facebook's Head of AI Says the Field Will Soon ‘Hit the Wall’

Facebook's Head of AI Says the Field Will Soon ‘Hit the Wall’

Jerome Pesenti: Moderating automatically, or even with humans and computers working together, at the scale of Facebook is a super challenging problem.Recently there’s been a lot of progress in the field of language , allowing us a much more refined understanding of interactions through the language that people use.

Alphabet's Dream of an 'Everyday Robot' Is Just Out of Reach

Alphabet's Dream of an 'Everyday Robot' Is Just Out of Reach

The robots can reduce that down to less than 4 percent, helping Alphabet meet city of Mountain View recycling goals.“We haven't solved the whole problem, but we've made enough progress that we have high confidence that we're onto something,” says Brondmo.

Depth of Field: Zuckerberg in Twilight

Depth of Field: Zuckerberg in Twilight

On Wednesday, Zuckerberg appeared on Capitol Hill in a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee, where he faced deep criticism from lawmakers who worry that the social network now wields a difficult kind of influence—it's become too big even for itself.

Technology Will Keep Us From Running Out of Stuff

Technology Will Keep Us From Running Out of Stuff

Even so, I believe we’ll easily meet our challenges and take better care of the people who inhabit the world of the future, without experiencing sustained shortages of food or other important resources.

Some Voting Machines Still Have Decade-Old Vulnerabilities

Some Voting Machines Still Have Decade-Old Vulnerabilities

This afternoon, its organizers released findings from this year's event—including urgent vulnerabilities from a decade ago that still plague voting machines currently in use.Participants vetted dozens of voting machines at Defcon this year, including a prototype model built on secure, verified hardware through a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program.

How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet

How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet

The more than 2 billion iPhones sold since Apple first launched it exactly 12 years ago have done a lot of good for their owners, but it seems like they’ve been bad news for the planet.

Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry

Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry

Being tall, white, enthusiastic, and good at computers, I’ve ended up the CEO of a software services company, working for various large enterprises to build their digital dreams—which you’d figure would be like being a kid in a candy store for me, sculpting software experiences all day until they ship to the web or into app stores.

When Futurism Led to Fascism—and Why It Could Happen Again

When Futurism Led to Fascism—and Why It Could Happen Again

In technology, all that matters is tomorrow.” Here’s a quote from the 1909 manifesto: “Why should we look back, when what we want is to break down the mysterious doors of the Impossible?” Where Marinetti declares “We stand on the last promontory of the centuries!” today’s technology moguls say “the future is now.” Where the Italian Futurists were hypnotized by cars and planes, today’s technologists are drooling over rocket ships and space travel.

How to remain a poverty reduction champion: Overcoming Cabo Verde’s challenges

How to remain a poverty reduction champion: Overcoming Cabo Verde’s challenges

Right chart - WDI Cabo Verde’s poverty reduction achievements are grounded in political stability and strong institutions as well as an open economy that has been driven by exponential growth of the tourism sector exploiting the country’s natural beauty.

Barry Jenkins' New Movie and the Future of Black Filmmaking

Barry Jenkins' New Movie and the Future of Black Filmmaking

If Beale Street Could Talk's Barry Jenkins on the Future of Filmmaking"Progress has been made,” says the director about the state of black cinema in 2018, “and it's going to be sustained."Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesBefore our conversation even begins, Barry Jenkins coughs up an apology.

Climate shocks an 'early warning call' to act on rising hunger, UN says

Climate shocks an 'early warning call' to act on rising hunger, UN says

Climate shocks such as droughts, floods and variable rainfall, are already causing a rise in hunger, a situation UN economists describe as an “early warning call” for action on food insecurity.

News Article: Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says

News Article: Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says

"If we are to achieve a world without hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030, it is imperative that we accelerate and scale up actions to strengthen the resilience and adaptive capacity of food systems and people's livelihoods in response to climate variability and extremes," the leaders said.

'Limited' progress at Bangkok climate talks

'Limited' progress at Bangkok climate talks

Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said on Sunday at the closing press briefing for the Bangkok meeting that progress was made on most issues but nothing was finalised.

Australia is not on track to reach 2030 Paris target (but the potential is there)

Australia is not on track to reach 2030 Paris target (but the potential is there)

But while total emissions reduced at an economy-wide level, and in some sectors at certain times, none of the sectors improved consistently at the rate needed to achieve the Paris climate targets.

Australia’s UN report card: making progress, could do better on inequality and climate

Australia’s UN report card: making progress, could do better on inequality and climate

The report highlights strong progress in health and education, but poor performance in addressing inequality, climate change and housing affordability. Despite some progress, the report found almost every goal has at least one target where an important indicator is off-track or will require a breakthrough to be achieved.