2020

Documenting the future leaking into the present.
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On August 29, Popular Science published a map of interceptor towers — surveillance devices that masquerade as cell phone towers to intercept voice and data transmissions from every cell user in an area. 19 of the interceptors were found in the United States in August, and two more popped up on September 5: one in Garden City, NY, and another in downtown Las Vegas. (popsci)

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DARPA’S NEW INITIATIVE AIMS TO MAKE NANOSCALE MACHINES A REALITY

“If successful, A2P could help enable creation of entirely new classes of materials that exhibit nanoscale properties at all scales,” DARPA program manager John Main said in a news release, “It could lead to the ability to miniaturize materials, processes and devices that can’t be miniaturized with current technology, as well as build three-dimensional products and systems at much smaller sizes.”

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At the 2013 World Dairy Expo competition, the apple fell real close to the tree. The Grand Champion trophy went to a cloned cow named KHW Regiment Apple-3-Red-ETN, while second place went to her genetically identical source material, the original Apple-Red-ET.

The win highlights a murky area in modern livestock competitions: Is it fair to compete with the clone of a near-perfect animal? The issue first arose in 2010, when Iowa’s Grand Champion 4-H steer was found to be a clone of the 2008 winner. (modern farmer)

A frenzy over fake or leaked nude celebrity photos crashed the Internet in New Zealand.

"When people clicked on some celebrity nude snaps, they’ve inadvertently installed the kind of software that created distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks."

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Through an innovative technique called optogenetics, which uses light to control neuron activity, the MIT researchers were able to visually tag mice brain cells that were associated with certain memories. When those brain cells were reactivated with light, the mice behaved as though they were reliving those memories, or engrams, again. (via MIT Scientists Are Halfway to Making ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ a Reality - Mic)

Discovery of how herding works could be used for human crowd control, researchers believe

Rounding up sheep successfully is a simple process involving just two basic mathematical rules, a study found.

One causes a sheepdog to close any gaps it sees between dispersing sheep. The other results in sheep being driven forward once the gaps have sufficiently closed.

A computer simulation showed that obeying these two rules alone allowed a single shepherd – or sheepdog – to control a flock of more than 100 animals.

The discovery has implications for human crowd control as well as the development of robots that can gather and herd livestock, the scientists said.

Google’s Knowledge Vault autonomously gathers and merges information from across the web into a single base of facts about the world, and the people and objects in it.

Knowledge Vault has pulled in 1.6 billion facts to date. Of these, 271 million are rated as “confident facts”, to which Google’s model ascribes a more than 90 per cent chance of being true. It does this by cross-referencing new facts with what it already knows.

Knowledge Vault offers Google fast, automatic expansion of its knowledge – and it’s only going to get bigger. As well as the ability to analyse text on a webpage for facts to feed its knowledge base, Google can also peer under the surface of the web, hunting for hidden sources of data such as the figures that feed Amazon product pages, for example.

"Behind the scenes, Google doesn’t only have public data," says Fabian Suchanek. It can also pull in information from Gmail, Google+ and Youtube."You and I are stored in the Knowledge Vault in the same way as Elvis Presley," Suchanek says.

Civilians in Abandoned McDonald’s Seize Control of Wandering Space Satellite
Their mission control console is a refurbished flat screen and some parts found on eBay.