Will self-driving cars be a boon or bane for people with vision impairment?

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Debbie Ryan of St. John’s hasn’t had a driver’s licence in 25 years, since her eyesight deteriorated. Now the new technology of autonomous or self-driving cars is promising Ryan and those like her the chance at being more independent and self-reliant. “I think it’s very exciting, having the ability to get in a vehicle and… Read more »

The gadgets of the future know everything wrong with you right now

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After three hours wandering through endless aisles of gadgets at CES, the world’s largest consumer technology conference, the products start to blend together. Was this automated cat litter cleaner the same one we saw 20 minutes ago? How many internet-connected locks can the world possibly need? But somewhere between hour four and five, something strange happens…. Read more »

Bitcoin mining could cancel out climate change efforts, scientists say

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The Hut 8 bitcoin mine in Medicine Hat, Alta., uses as much electricity on a typical day as the entire city of 60,000, and most of the electricity is produced by fossil fuels. Source: CBC News Date: November 2nd, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/bitcoin-mining-climate-change-1.4883647 Discussion 1) Do you understand what “bitcoin mining” is?  If not, I have an article here:  https://missoulacurrent.com/opinion/2018/03/firth-bitcoin-investment/… Read more »

Lyft Will Pay You to Ditch Your Car. Will It Work?

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WHAT WOULD IT take for you to give up your car? An all-access pass to a bicycle, maybe, plus some safe lanes to ride in? A smartphone, stocked with apps for cheap ride-hail services? A competent public transit system? A chauffeur, willing to drive you around instead? Lyft, the transportation service provider that has always said its… Read more »

University of Toronto researchers developing tool to jam facial recognition software

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While your selfie might get lots of “likes” on social media, companies and perhaps even fraudsters may like your face even more — because they can profit from it. But a University of Toronto researcher has found a way for internet users to opt out by very slightly distorting images, and he’s working on an app that will help them do just… Read more »

What to Do With Your Old Laptop

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If you’ve got an old laptop collecting dust in your home, you’re not alone. In a survey conducted last spring by the Consumer Reports Survey Group, a quarter of the members who had purchased multiple laptops since 2014 confessed to letting one of those devices linger under the roof—unused—after it had been replaced. And that… Read more »

You can control what you share on Facebook — but not what Facebook collects

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When asked by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley why Facebook doesn’t disclose all the ways user data might be collected and used by Facebook — and its responsibility to inform users of those possibilities — here’s how Zuckerberg replied: “I believe it’s important to tell people exactly how the information that they share on Facebook is… Read more »

Technology reveals fear and other emotions

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The fear levels of an audience have been measured to show how machines are beginning to reveal people’s deepest feelings.  The demonstration was part of a talk given by Dolby Labs chief scientist Poppy Crum at the TED conference in Vancouver.  The ability to hide emotions is becoming “a thing of the past”, she said.  The professor believes… Read more »