Thursday, August 10, 2017

Language Arts

Scientists are finding scraps of dead languages in recycled ancient manuscripts. Meanwhile, Trump's reckless, improvised language is also hard to translate.  Maybe Facebook's AI can help.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Guam is a Flat Circle

73 years ago, the United States recaptured Guam and used it as a launch pad for attacks on mainland Japan. Now, North Korea has added Guam to its previous threats to nuke the continental U.S.

Crytpo Urgency

Hackers are ransoming HBO's data for $6 million in Bitcoin. Venezuelans are mining it in droves to survive.  Guess what's now three times the price of gold?

Artificial Intelligence Agency

Fake news as national "computational propaganda". Twitter suspending a bot retweeted by President Trump. Spy plans tracked by Buzzfeed with machine learning. The future is four steps ahead of you in 12D chess.

Homage to Chicagonia

A socialist convention in Chicago in 2012. The Democratic Socialists of America convention in Chicago in 2017. What hasn't changed in five years? Low expectations.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Resilience Is A Hoax, But Also Not Man-Made

Recent studies about climate change (and denialism) in Peru and Southeast Asia may not be promising, but the words "climate change" have left Trump-era government reports altogether...the un-leaked ones, at least.

Third (World) Gender

One example of global transgender awareness? A Pakistani popstar's new trans-awareness single. But some argue the modern movement threatens the country's traditionally-recognized third gender.

Uncritically Correct

Today's unlikely battlefronts in the "is shaming bigotry actually censorship?" debate: Young Adult fiction Twitter and actual adults employed by Google.

Ghost In The Machine

China has ghost subway stops and even whole ghost cities. Now, no one in China is qualified to run a newly-built, state-of-the-art telescope.

Space is Defaced

Orbiting space junk is only getting worse since I wrote about it in 2012.  Now, there's even a broken Chinese space station due to fall back into the atmosphere.

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