Embracing the robot

  image edited by Fernando Kaskais Azuma Hikari, the virtual home robot from Gatebox. Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg/Getty Robot relationships need not be kinky, exploitative or fake. In fact they might give human relationships a helpful boost John Danaher is a lecturer in the Law School at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the author of the blog Philosophical Disquisitions. His latest book is Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (2017), co-edited with Neil McArthur. Edited by Nigel Warburton There is a heartbreaking scene in the middle of Blade Runner 2049 (2017). The hero of the movie, a replicant called K, lives a drab existence in a … Continue reading Embracing the robot

World’s top 5 ‘most evil’ corporations

  image edited by Fernando Kaskais Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon, poses as he stands atop a supply truck during a photo opportunity at the premises of a shopping mall in the southern Indian city of Bangalore © Abhishek N. Chinnappa / Reuters Most companies become successful thanks to their stellar reputations. But not always. RT Business scraped the bottom of the barrel to find the most hated companies trending on the internet. Monsanto The company that needs no introduction, creator of DDT and Agent Orange, Monsanto is one the world’s largest pesticide and GMO seed … Continue reading World’s top 5 ‘most evil’ corporations

The South Asian Men Sliding Into Your DMs in Hopes of ‘Fraandship’

They might seem like bots, but they’re most definitely real Hussein Kesvani, Writer, UK/Europe There’s a common character who’s likely to appear in your “requests” folder on Facebook or Twitter. More often than not, it’s a young guy, usually of Indian or Pakistani descent, sporting a neatly trimmed beard and aviator sunglasses. His messages will always begin with “hii,” “hello,” or my favorite, “hello dear.” Usually, you’ll ignore him. But most of the time, he will try to continue the conversation by sending selfies, or if you’re a woman, messages declaring his undying love. Such interactions aren’t anything new, but recently, … Continue reading The South Asian Men Sliding Into Your DMs in Hopes of ‘Fraandship’

To Measure the Universe’s Expansion, We Might Need New Physics

Image credit: NASA by Creative Commons IN BRIEF Studies prove almost unanimously that the universe is, indeed, expanding. However, different measurements of the rate by which it expands consistently yield different results. Could this mean we need new physics to understand what’s going on? A CONSTANT DISCREPANCY As far as astronomers can tell, the universe is continuing to expand — and our understanding of how it is doing this needs to expand as well. In fact, recent findings from researchers partnering with NASA suggest that we may need to discover new physics to explain discrepancies between measurements of universal expansion. The rate … Continue reading To Measure the Universe’s Expansion, We Might Need New Physics

Selfies to Self-reflection

  The cover photograph for Zen Camera by David Ulrich | https://tricy.cl/2CCheea How you can use your camera to get closer to Zen By Lakshmi Gandhi  is a journalist and pop culture writer based in New York. Her work has appeared in Metro New York, NBC Asian America and NPR’s Code Switch blog, among other sites. David Ulrich noticed the connection between meditation and the power of images during his first college photography class in 1971. That day, he recalled, “we noisily entered the room to observe the teacher seated in a lotus position in the front of it.” “He began the class with … Continue reading Selfies to Self-reflection

Algorithmic wilderness

A drone offers a unique bird’s eye view as part of a forest fire surveillance system in the Landes region, France. Photo by Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty Robo-bees and drone-seeded forests: can technology mend our broken relationship with the natural world? by Henry Mance is a political correspondent at the Financial Times. He writes Strangers’ Gallery, a weekly satirical take on politics and culture. He lives in London. Edited by Sally Davies I’ve tried many ways to free my brain from my iPhone. I’ve invented rules, bought books, deleted apps, installed other apps. But the only thing that reliably works is to leave the phone at … Continue reading Algorithmic wilderness

How Digital Maps Have Changed What It Means to Be Lost

“Le Tourisme”George Redon / Getty Tales of people losing their way, before and after GPS by JULIE BECK The last time I was ever truly lost was in the summer of 2013. It was in St. Petersburg, Russia. I traveled there for work, and after four days of fighting jet lag to cram in sightseeing on the side, I fell asleep on a bus, nodding off over the copy of A Clash of Kings I’d been carrying with me during the trip.When I woke up, I had no idea how long I’d been out and if I’d missed my stop. The stop … Continue reading How Digital Maps Have Changed What It Means to Be Lost