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The Electronic Body

Amputees with robot arms(!), military-funded killer robots, contention about the computer-ness of the brain, fake chatbots, gynepunks, and more!

[futurism.com]

Amputee Gamer Gets A Bionic Arm With an Interactive Screen, Charger, and Drone

Like three people sent me this article because they know about my obsession with robot arms. This is EXACTLY what I've been talkin' about for the last like five years!
[aeon.co]

The empty brain

"Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer"
[bloomberg.com]

The Humans Hiding Behind the Chatbots

"Behind the artificial intelligence personal assistants and concierges are actual people, reading e-mails and ordering Chipotle."
[theintercept.com]

How Covert Agents Infiltrate The Internet To Manipulate, Deceive, And Destroy Reputations

This is an old one (2014), but it's a fascinating look into the world of internet psy-ops and reputation control/destruction.
[motherboard.vice.com]

Meet the GynePunks Pushing the Boundaries of DIY Gynecology

"GynePunks" - such a great term. A fascinating read into DIY health tech.
[medium.com/insurge-intelligence]

The Pentagon is building a ‘self-aware’ killer robot army fueled by social media

"Official US defence and NATO documents confirm that autonomous weapon systems will kill targets, including civilians, based on tweets, blogs and Instagram"
[theverge.com]

Watch-Bot uses machine learning to determine when you're bad at life

I feel like I need this in my life. At least with this, I know that the robot can tell me what I need to know without judging me.
[forums.tigsource.com]

Wobbledogs - the evolution of a physics-driven pet game

This is a game developer's forum post who is developing a pet game with interesting physics. It's fascinating to watch the ridiculous different stages - check it out!