[DIGEST: The Guardian, Technology Review, Wired, New Scientist, Autoworld, Phys.org, ScienceAlert, Independent] While some people dream about the next iPhone, others dream bigger — much bigger. The first open-source blueprint for a practical quantum computer is now available. Of course, practical is relative: The plans could be used to build a quantum computer that is … Continued
After Buzzfeed published an email accidentally sent to its news division by a Facebook spokesperson who dismissed President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed Muslim registry––calling it a “straw man”––and advised the company’s PR to remain silent, Facebook was forced to clarify its position, saying that no one “has asked us to build a Muslim registry, and of course we … Continued
Elon Musk and his aerospace company plan to launch 4,425 satellites in a bid for worldwide Internet coverage—more than three times as many satellites are orbiting the Earth right now.
[DIGEST: CNN, The Guardian] Niantic Labs, the developers of augmented reality game Pokemon Go, made emergency fixes to the game after discovering the app inadvertently had been granted full access to users’ Google accounts. The permissions appeared to affect players who signed up with their Google accounts on Apple devices. According to Google, “full access” … Continued
[DIGEST: CNN, Dezeen] Tilt Brush, Google’s virtual reality painting app, allows painters, architects, and even fashion designers to craft multidimensional art with only a wave of their hands. The technology could permanently redefine the way artists conceptualize and render their work. Virtual reality development has traditionally focused on the gamer market; though the technology’s complete … Continued
As Internet access spreads across the planet, technology companies are engaging in a land grab to build data centers to house all the information we create and share. But land is limited, so where do we go from here? Microsoft’s Project Natick is trying to solve this problem.
Google’s latest creation, a bipedal robot named ATLAS, is turning heads in the defense community and leading to speculation about the future of robotics.
The Internet has brought us many things: The ability to keep in touch with friends near and far. Instant answers to every trivia question. Even a million Match.com babies. But the underbelly of the net is vast, and often unregulated. One area of this dark side is cyber exploitation, more colloquially called “revenge porn.” Revenge … Continued
Second Nexus Digest: NYTimes; Wired Silicon Valley is in for a major shake up: Google just announced its plans to restructure. Essentially, the company is splitting off its internet business from its endeavors in technological innovation and finance; all will be run by a new parent company called Alphabet. But fear not! Google is not … Continued
[DIGEST, June 4, 2015, Business Insider, Mashable] A recent Business Insider report discusses Google’s new innovation: Project Soli. The company showed off new technology that lets users move their fingers in the air to control objects in the virtual world. This technology uses radar waves to detect precise finger movements or finger “micromotions.” Soli provides an enticing example of … Continued