‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian

The Google, Apple and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual distraction that could ultimately end in disaster

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What machines can tell from your face

Life in the age of facial recognition

THE human face is a remarkable piece of work. The astonishing variety of facial features helps people recognise each other and is crucial to the formation of complex societies. So is the face’s ability to send emotional signals, whether through an involuntary blush or the artifice of a false smile. People spend much of their waking lives, in the office and the courtroom as well as the bar and the bedroom, reading faces, for signs of attraction, hostility, trust and deceit. They also spend plenty of time trying to dissimulate.

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Your Smartphone Can Reduce Your Brainpower, Even If It’s Just Sitting There – The Atlantic

A silent, powered-off phone can still distract the most dependent users. […]

Of course, something will not come up. But over the course of the next 90 minutes I will check my phone for texts, likes, and New York Times push alerts at every pang of boredom, anxiety, relaxation, satiety, frustration, or weariness. I will check it in the bathroom and when I return from the bathroom. I don’t really enjoy this, but it is very interesting, even if some indignant and submerged part of my psyche moans that I am making myself dumber every time I look at it. As, in fact, I am.

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These Tiny Drawbots Put Unique Doodles on Coasters

In order to produce something interesting to bring to a monthly hardware meetup, Barton Dring created custom laser coaster engraver/cutters.

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The world’s first multi-user hologram table is here, on sale in 2018

Australian company Euclideon has built a working prototype of what it calls the world’s first true multi-user hologram table. Up to four people can walk around a holographic image and interact with it wearing only a small set of glasses – a far cry from bulky AR headgear. It’s set to go on sale in 2018.

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Elon Musk joins 100 tech chiefs warning UN that killer robots could be ‘third revolution of warfare’

The Tesla chief is among the signatories of a letter warning: “Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it’ll be hard to close.”

Billionaire Elon Musk has added his voice to more than 100 tech leaders in a letter to the United Nations warning that “killer robots” could become weapons of terror.

Urging the UN to take action, 116 artificial intelligence leaders and robotics companies from across 26 countries signed the open letter.

Launching the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), the tech founders state: “Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare.”

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