China said it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-credit/china-to-bar-people-with-bad-social-credit-from-planes-trains-idUSKCN1GS10S People who would be put on the restricted lists included those found to have committed acts like spreading false information about terrorism and […]

Adrian Lamo, a computer hacker best known for passing on information that led to the arrest of Chelsea Manning, has died aged 37.http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43438352 In online messaging conversations, Manning confided in him, describing confidential military material Manning had sent to Wikileaks. Wikileaks published the video of a US helicopter strike that killed seven people, including a […]

A small group of people turning their phone screens to grayscale — cutting out the colors and going with a range of shades from white to black. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/technology/grayscale-phone.html  First popularized by the tech ethicist Tristan Harris, the goal of sticking to shades of gray is to make the glittering screen a little less stimulating. Silicon […]

A former Tennessee police officer who was arrested outside the White House on Sunday had a cache of weapons in his car and told authorities he came for help removing a chip that had been implanted in his head, according to court documents. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/person-arrested-near-white-house-had-firearms-us-secret-service-said/2017/09/25/5ff88c3e-a1e3-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.2d98f6891c3c Several of the firearms were loaded and some were described as […]

Charlie Rose’s full interview of Steve Bannon. Watch full interview Part 1 https://charlierose.com/videos/30951 Part 2 https://charlierose.com/videos/30956 Part 3 https://charlierose.com/videos/30964 Part 4 https://charlierose.com/videos/30969 Part 5 https://charlierose.com/videos/30974 Full Transcript 00:12 Charlie Rose: Steve Bannon is executive Chairman of Breitbart News. Until recently he was chief strategist at the White House for President Trump. During the campaign, he […]

Like the indefatigable maid Rosie on “The Jetsons,” the officious droid C-3PO in “Star Wars” and the tortured “host” Dolores Abernathy in “Westworld,” the robotic helpmates of popular culture have been humanoid in form and function. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/09/opinion/sunday/household-robots-alexa-homepod.html A robot invasion of our homes is underway, but the machines — so-called smart speakers like Amazon Echo, […]

A company called Clear is using fingerprints and iris scans to spare passengers the first phase of the T.S.A.’s security airport screening process — the document-verification checkpoint and its line. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/business/airport-security.html Clear says it can move fliers through checkpoints while maintaining tight security. But the rollout process has been slow — Clear is available only […]