Massive biometric databases, brain computer interfaces, biological synth instruments, cats, and more!
Aadhaar: Are a billion identities at risk on India's biometric database?
India has a supermassive biometric database for every Indian citizen. This article explores the concerns and risks over privacy, rights-to-body, and the possibility (and realities) of massive security breaches.
Neuralink and the Brain's Magical Future
Do you know Wait But Why? They write fasciinating articles in funny, accessible ways that also happen to be half a novel's length. This one's about Elon Musk's next project - a brain computer interface AKA "wizard hat for the brain". I'll be honest - I haven't even read all of this yet, but it's good so far and I'm not closing this tab until I read all of it
This cybernetic synth contains a brain grown from the inventor’s cells
This is simultaneously the most cyberpunk, metal, and electronic thing I've heard of recently. "The core of this synthesizer was grown in a lab from actual living cells sliced right out of its creator. Skin cells are transformed into stem cells which then form a neural network – one that exists not in code, but in actual living tissue." Detailed explanation, video, and implications inside.
Cat Paper Collection
This is a collection of academic papers that are about machine learning as applied to cats. Yes, yes, good.
Taser Will Use Police Body Camera Videos "to Anticipate Criminal Activity"
TL;DR: Company wants to use tons of video surveillance footage and free bodycams for cops to identify criminals, and then go full on Minority Report up in here (read: whenever a cop sees you). Details on how this could be interesting and horrible inside.
When Dinosaurs Went Bad
Remember when dinosaurs used to be dinosaurs? I remember those days. Too bad we were wrong! This article is about how we got it so wrong.
A Rare Journey Into the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a Super-Bunker That Can Survive Anything
Some more bunkerporn for you, in case you just need to get away from it all and happen to be a multimillionaire.
BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Official Trailer
I mean, do I have to say any more about this? (It looks awesome. I'm gonna watch it.)