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Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 15, 2019 at 16:45.

In new art exhibit, Citizenfour director Laura Poitras shows you what surveillance feels like

<a href="https://splinternews.com/in-new-art-exhibit-citizenfour-director-laura-poitras-1793854503" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">In new art exhibit, Citizenfour director Laura Poitras shows you what surveillance feels like</a>

"These 8 minutes changed my life, but I didn't know it at the time."

So says the disembodied voice of documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras to visitors of Astro Noise, her new solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Before Poitras introduced the world to Edward Snowden and made Citizenfour, the documentary about NSA surveillance, she had spent years being detained and...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 15, 2019 at 12:04.

The founder of Mozilla has a crazy plan to solve the ad-blocking crisis haunting the web

<a href="https://splinternews.com/the-founder-of-mozilla-has-a-crazy-plan-to-solve-the-ad-1793854293" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">The founder of Mozilla has a crazy plan to solve the ad-blocking crisis haunting the web</a>

The internet is in a moment of crisis. On the one hand, people who use the internet hate ads—they're annoying, make sites load slower, crowd out the stuff you're actually trying to see, and sometimes carry malware. On the other hand, people who put stuff on the internet need users to look at ads so they can make money so they can keep putting stuff on the internet.

The reason why these...

Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore Jul 15, 2019 at 11:03.

The Japanese are totally down to have a giant robot battle with the USA

<a href="https://splinternews.com/the-japanese-are-totally-down-to-have-a-giant-robot-bat-1793848940" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">The Japanese are totally down to have a giant robot battle with the USA</a>

We're one step closer to finally getting a chance to see real gigantic robots fight each other to the death.

MegaBots Inc. and Suidobashi Heavy Industry are two actual companies that build the sort of huge robo-mechs that Gundam fantasies are made of. Last week, the US-based MegaBots issued a bold challenge to Suidobashi, a Japanese company that actually brought the first large combat robot to...

Kevin Roose Kevin Roose Jul 15, 2019 at 10:24.

Driving should be illegal

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Imagine for a moment that, one day in the future, a major pharmaceutical company released a new miracle drug that radically and instantaneously enhanced human performance. Everyone who took it immediately became significantly faster, stronger, and more efficient. As a result, millions of people began taking it daily. The gains enabled by this drug quickly transformed society—entire industries...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 15, 2019 at 03:12.

But, like, how long should you wait to text him back? This random website has the answer.

<a href="https://splinternews.com/but-like-how-long-should-you-wait-to-text-him-back-t-1793852619" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">But, like, how long should you wait to text him back? This random website has the answer.</a>

In the future, perhaps we'll have plugins to help us craft the perfect e-mail to a potential sweetheart or figure out whether we're even a good match. In the meantime, though, a new website has as algorithmic answer to at least one of dating's greater mysteries: how long do you wait before texting back?

Txtwar presents the problem as a simple equation:

how hot are you + how hot are they + how...

Patrick Hogan Patrick Hogan Jul 14, 2019.

Terrifying snake robot just wants to get to know you better

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What's that peeking around the corner, telescoping straight out of your nightmares? Why, it's none other than OC Robotics' new snake-armed robot here to lend a coiling appendage!

Hey there, not-at-all horrifying snake robot!

According to OC Robotics' website, the robot was designed to get inside locations humans cannot reach because they are either hazardous or too small. Snake-like...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 14, 2019.

Kickstarter investment gone sour? Tell the Feds, they’re cracking down

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The saga of “The Doom That Came to Atlantic City!” is not so different from many of the tales of Kickstarter gone wrong.

Enthusiastic backers rushed to invest in the board game, a collaboration between well-known artists and game designers in which characters dreamed up by cult horror writer H.P. Lovecraft set out to destroy Atlantic City. The campaign raised $122,874 from 1,200 people, far...

Alexis Madrigal Alexis Madrigal Jul 14, 2019.

Many, many Facebook users still don't know that their news feeds are filtered by an algorithm

<a href="https://splinternews.com/many-many-facebook-users-still-dont-know-that-their-ne-1793846682" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Many, many Facebook users still don&#39;t know that their news feeds are filtered by an algorithm</a>

For heavy Facebook users, let alone social media gurus, the idea that Facebook's news feed is filtered by an algorithm is very, very old news. But a majority of everyday Facebook users in a recent study had no idea that Facebook constructs their experience, pushing certain posts into their stream and leaving others out. And worse, many participants blamed themselves, not Facebook's software,...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 14, 2019.

10 years after his epic MySpace hack, Samy Kamkar is trying to turn hackers into heroes

<a href="https://splinternews.com/10-years-after-his-epic-myspace-hack-samy-kamkar-is-tr-1793850061" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">10 years after his epic MySpace hack, Samy Kamkar is trying to turn hackers into heroes</a>

Samy Kamkar is in a dark room in Bally's Casino in Las Vegas; the room is lit by blue lights and the glow of laptop screens. A DJ is spinning lyric-less music while hackers sit at round tables intermittently coding and chatting. This is the designated "chill-out room" at DEFCON, the annual hacking convention, but Kamkar is not feeling chill at the moment. He's preparing to give a presentation...

Jul 14, 2019.

The highest YouTube earner of 2014 made nearly $5 million just by opening Disney toy packages

<a href="https://splinternews.com/the-highest-youtube-earner-of-2014-made-nearly-5-milli-1793844823" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">The highest YouTube earner of 2014 made nearly $5 million just by opening Disney toy packages</a>

An unidentified individual or group responsible for uploading videos that simply show a woman opening Disney toys made an estimated $4.9 million last year, more than any other channel for 2014, according to OpenSlate, a video analytics platform that analyzes ad-supported content on YouTube.

Almost nothing is known about the person or people behind the channel, DC Toys Collector (DC), which...

Rafa Fernandez de Castro Rafa Fernandez de Castro Jul 14, 2019.

Check out this Mexican graffiti drone that's taking protest to new heights

<a href="https://splinternews.com/check-out-this-mexican-graffiti-drone-thats-taking-prot-1793852105" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Check out this Mexican graffiti drone that&#39;s taking protest to new heights</a>

Her name is Droncita, a Mexican drone that trolls President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The graffiti-spraying drone, created by the the radical Mexican protest collective Rexiste, is quickly becoming an internet sensation. “We are an idea, without owner, without copyright, replicable, appropriable, an insurrect utopia, viral art. I exist because I resist,” reads the group’s motto.

Prior to...

Jul 14, 2019.

How soft robots will help sick kids walk and make the elderly stronger

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The SRI International campus is nestled on a quiet tree-lined Silicon Valley street, down the road from a high school and a seminary. The commuter train runs nearby. Its buildings are nondescript brick constructions that harken back to the 1970s. By all accounts, it’s a rather unimpressive place.

But within its walls, scientists are building the future. SRI has been at the forefront of...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 13, 2019.

I tried three apps that claim to make you more likable—and am now addicted to one of them

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I have a confession to make: I might have cheated to get this job.

Last spring, when I was applying to Fusion, I heard about a new start-up called Crystal that promised to, among other things, help you write the perfect email. Crystal scrapes the web for public data on a person, from sites like...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 13, 2019.

DARPA is testing implanting chips in soldiers' brains

<a href="https://splinternews.com/darpa-is-testing-implanting-chips-in-soldiers-brains-1793851273" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">DARPA is testing implanting chips in soldiers&#39; brains</a>

UPDATE: DARPA responded to a request from Fusion that "brain-neural interfaces" have not yet been implanted in soldiers, though test devices have been implanted in the brains of volunteers already undergoing brain surgery. We’ve changed the headline to reflect that implantation of chips in soldiers’ brains has not happened yet.

For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department...

Jul 13, 2019.

How genetics is reshaping the marijuana industry

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Every morning, Josh Chase makes his way from Goetz House, a yellow-and-white cottage in the middle of nowhere Washington, past a makeshift 8-foot “security fence” built from square-cut pieces of lumber and black plastic tarp, down to the greenhouses. A sign hangs on the fence: “PERSONS UNDER...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 13, 2019.

Women are better at coding than men—if they hide their gender

<a href="https://splinternews.com/women-are-better-at-coding-than-men-if-they-hide-their-1793854670" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Women are better at coding than men—if they hide their gender</a>

Women's contributions to technology projects are appreciated, as long as people don't realize the contributions are from women.

An astounding survey last year found that 92% of software developers are men but a new study suggests that the small percentage of women who are coding are really good at it. On GitHub, women’s contributions actually outnumber men’s—as long as they don’t actually...

Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Jul 12, 2019.

Obama is pushing 'smart guns' as a solution for America's shooting problem

<a href="https://splinternews.com/obama-is-pushing-smart-guns-as-a-solution-for-americas-1793853845" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Obama is pushing &#39;smart guns&#39; as a solution for America&#39;s shooting problem</a>

Mass shootings were a horribly frequent occurrence in 2015. To kick off 2016, the White House announced that it plans to use its executive authority to improve gun control because Congress is unable to pass any significant legislation. Among President Obama's proposals is the adoption of "smart gun technology" by the government so that it's harder for people to shoot guns that don't belong to...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 12, 2019.

This technology is trying to save football

<a href="https://splinternews.com/this-technology-is-trying-to-save-football-1793854559" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">This technology is trying to save football</a>

In 1905, after field injuries resulted in at least 18 deaths of college football players, President Teddy Roosevelt phoned up the president of Harvard and asked him to rethink the way the game was played. Football was just too deadly, said Roosevelt, who is considered the game's savior. But now, a century later, after research showing the toll of concussions in the sport, football is again...

Kevin Roose Kevin Roose Jul 12, 2019.

Timeline: How Google and Uber went from BFFs to frenemies

<a href="https://splinternews.com/timeline-how-google-and-uber-went-from-bffs-to-frenemi-1793847656" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Timeline: How Google and Uber went from BFFs to frenemies</a>

The tech industry is full of interwoven allegiances and short-lived romances. But no corporate relationship is as interesting — or as potentially flammable — as the one between Uber and Google.

For most of its five-year life, Uber has been hugely dependent on Google — in particular, on its vast troves of mapping data, which makes it possible for its riders and drivers to get from point A to...

Kristen V. Brown Kristen V. Brown Jul 12, 2019.

Recapping the aftermath of the Ashley Madison hack: Suicide, fembots, cracked passwords and more

<a href="https://splinternews.com/recapping-the-aftermath-of-the-ashley-madison-hack-sui-1793850720" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Recapping the aftermath of the Ashley Madison hack: Suicide, fembots, cracked passwords and more</a>

It's been nearly a month since Ashley Madison's data exploded across the Web exposing the identities of millions of its users, but the effects of the hack continue to be felt in new ways. There are still a lot of questions left unanswered — who are the hackers, what really motivated them to hack the infidelity dating site, what kind of financial health was Ashley Madison in and how many of...

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