ISSUE 1.24

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Bio(metric)hazards

Massive biometric databases, brain computer interfaces, biological synth instruments, cats, and more!

[bbc.com]

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.
[waitbutwhy.com]

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
[cdm.link]

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.
[github.com/junyanz]

Cat Paper Collection

This is a collection of academic papers that are about machine learning as applied to cats. Yes, yes, good.
[theintercept.com]

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.
[discovermagazine.com]

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.
[wired.com]

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.
[youtube.com]

BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Official Trailer

I mean, do I have to say any more about this? (It looks awesome. I'm gonna watch it.)