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Zombie Slot Machine

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller May 14. 2 Replies

Tristan Harris shows that using your smart phone is as addictive as playing a slot machine.How…Continue

Tags: app design, mind manipulation

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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 1. 4 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 7:17am

Chris, I have never heard of paternoster lifts and looked i up. The original article came in Dutch, I requested English and that was interesting:

  • One can enter or exit when a cab to reach the floor, even though the demand or any timing. The rosary is not suitable for people who are infirm or disabled. May also be carried no goods in such lifts. This causes this type of elevator rapidly out of favor, but also because buildings are getting higher, so the capacity is no longer sufficient. New are no longer built, old ones are phased out of use. The paternoster still being in force may remain in service as long as the owner wants. However, the lift must be inspected every 18 months and meet the applicable standards.
Comment by Plinius on September 11, 2016 at 12:04pm

Those lifts were so slow and safe, if you touched the one place where you could get hurt, the thing stopped within a second. We had them in older public buildings, and it was fun to make children believe the cage would turn over at the top of the building. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2016 at 9:34am

Oh, I also like Google facts Ruth.  First time I've seen it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2016 at 9:32am

Interesting elevators Ruth.

The paternoster lifts sound interesting also Chris.  I read that they are mostly outlawed because they were hazardous.  That reminded me of the busses when I was in Britain 52 years ago.  People often got on & off while they were moving.  I wonder if they still allow that?

Comment by Plinius on September 11, 2016 at 1:02am
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 10, 2016 at 9:46pm

Elevators that go sideways! I had a nightmare like that.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2016 at 9:25am

The ampere (A) has long been a sort of metrological embarrassment. For one thing, its 70-year-old formal definition, phrased as a hypothetical, cannot be physically realized as written:

The ampere is that constant current which, if maintained in two straight parallel conductors of infinite length, of negligible circular cross-section, and placed 1 meter apart in vacuum, would produce between these conductors a force equal to 2 x 10–7 newton per meter of length.

In 2018, however, the ampere is slated to be re-defined in terms of a fundamental invariant of nature: the elementary electrical charge (e).*** Direct ampere metrology will thus become a matter of counting the transit of individual electrons over time.

https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2016/08/counting-down-new-amp...

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