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Beyond fake news, bot networks, and trolls - to automated behavior manipulation

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 3 Replies

The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda MachineCambridge Analytica, a new automated propaganda machine poised to manage White House digital…Continue

Tags: weaponized AI propaganda machine

CIA cyberwarfare on us

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Mar 9. 1 Reply

Just in case you feel the current administration doesn't have enough power, we find out that the CIA can take control of your iPhone and Twitter account, or watch you through your smart Samsung TV, at will. Moreover, the vulnerabilities they…Continue

Tags: cyber weapons, cyberwarfare, spyware, weaponized Apple, Google, and Microsoft vulnerabilities

AI against trolls

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 8. 0 Replies

Now Anyone Can Deploy Google’s Troll-Fighting AIHorray! I hope this works!A Google offshoot called Jigsaw declared war on trolls, launching a…Continue

Tags: troll control, Jigsaw

In the US, Ads watch YOU!

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 23. 1 Reply

Secret signals between your TV, computer, laptop, smartphone, etc, so corporations can  follow your every move. Creepy!…Continue

Tags: spyware apps

Magnet Toys

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 12. 1 Reply

Neat videositeShort story: We’re a group of three university students from Norway who have for 3 years worked with a magnetic game…Continue

Tags: Magination, magnetic toys

Cloud Hosting Infected

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 1, 2016. 0 Replies

'Lurking malice' in cloud hosting services, study findsMalware in cloud hosting services is going undetected.Overall, the researchers scanned more than…Continue

Tags: malicious software, cloud hosting

Question about The Dresden Files.

Started by Joseph P. Last reply by BenGee Oct 22, 2016. 3 Replies

I have a question about a series of books.  I just recently tried reading the series, The Dresden Files.I've heard from so many people about what a great fantasy series it is.  It's the go-to reference for almost any discussion about modern magic in…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 21, 2014 at 4:08pm

Nice.  Among other uses, Geckskin is one step closer to giving us the ability to climb rocks and walls without handholds.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 20, 2014 at 5:33pm

Geckskin from UMass Amherst sticks to many surfces, and removes easily for reuse.

... the UMass Amherst invention does not rely on mimicking the tiny, nanoscopic hairs found on gecko feet, but rather builds on "draping adhesion," which derives from the gecko's integrated anatomical skin-tendon-bone system. As King explains, "The key to making a strong adhesive connection is to conform to a surface while still maximizing stiffness."

Gecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfaces

Comment by Steph S. on March 26, 2014 at 10:21am

Good discussion Grinning Cat - Joan those learning games sound wonderful for kids.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 25, 2014 at 11:32pm

Grinning Cat, it has been many years since I was into the research on the role TV, video games and the like, and found that violent ones were clearly causing problems with young people. Not only the kids from troubled homes, but for those who had stable, safe, secure and loving homes. I am not surprised the new research is finding the same results. Observing violence creates a particular way the brain develops and that is a permanent effect. It is a little like when a stroke victim has to learn new ways to do things by practicing and creating new brain connections. We didn't have fMRI technology when I was working in the field, but I am certain that the responses to violence would show up in brain studies. 

My great-grandson kept me company when I was recovering from heart surgery. He was a little tyke then, and I looked up some games on the internet appropriate for his pre-school age. I was really impressed with what I found because he had to use eye-hand coordination, some were memory games with butterflies and animals of the forest. They were really nice, very benign. Sorry I can't remember their names. I just googled games for his age and looked over what came up and found some that delighted him and pleased me. As an old school marm, that was of value to me. Yes, If I find anything I will post on Ruth's site.

 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 25, 2014 at 11:00pm

Worth reading: a study showing that kids playing video games over and over learn thought and behavior patterns: "... with violent games -- you practice being vigilant for enemies, practice thinking that it's acceptable to respond aggressively to provocation, and practice becoming desensitized to the consequences of violence."

"However, that does not mean all games are bad and that children will only develop bad habits.... prosocial media -- video games, movies or TV shows that portray helpful, caring and cooperative behaviors -- positively influence behavior regardless of culture."

If you can recommend any such "prosocial" video games, where characters cooperate and help each other (but not with a violent goal such as fighting a war), it would be good to reply to Ruth's post about video games in Parenting Little Heathens. Thanks!

Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2014 at 9:59am

Suzanne welcome to the group.

Comment by Steph S. on March 16, 2014 at 9:06pm

Thank you and that looks so yummy.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 10:58pm

Happy belated pi day, everyone! (That discussion could have gone here in Geek & Nerd Haven just as well as in Food!)

Comment by Steph S. on March 12, 2014 at 10:19am

Expect Attitude welcome to the group.

Anyone looking forward to more super hero movies?

Comment by Steph S. on March 10, 2014 at 9:59am

Serge welcome to the group.

 

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