In contemplating a religion based on tech, Knuth foresaw another danger: fraud. “I’m worried that somebody will start a new religion based on fractals,” he wrote in 2001. “If you come up with something that makes a little bit of sense and has a little bit of mystery to it, you can fool a lot of people.”
Puzder also has talked about replacing American workers who demand higher wages with robots, which he said are always polite, never late, and don’t sue their employers for discrimination, according to an interview with Business Insider.
Here, take a scroll down memory lane with us and see the evolution of the product from its initial rocky conception to its current button-free touchscreen interface. Come on, it’ll be fun.
XCOR Aerospace is teaming up with the southern Caribbean island of Curacao to develop a space port for future suborbital tourist and scientific flights. The agreement is with the territorial government of Curacao and a group of Dutch investors with the hopes of offering flights in 2014.
OK, enough bad Zeppelin lyric lifts, let’s get to the reunion tour, which reportedly lands at an arena near you in 2009.
“Either you fold and give up, or you find ways to make your film better,” Monks said in an e-mail to Wired.com. “I wasn’t about to let anything keep me from finishing the movie, the way I wanted it done. Not blindness, not diabetes, not sabotage from within. The rough cut got great festival reviews and secured us a distribution offer covering at least five territories. Why would I let distractions derail me?”
There are plenty of privacy options on iPhone found at Settings > Privacy. You can turn off Location Services on apps that don’t need to track where you are. You can prevent apps from accessing your Contacts, you Photos, your iPhone microphone or camera, even prevent access to your social networks (Facebook and Twitter). Under Analytics, turn off Share iCloud Analytics and Share iPhone Analytics so Apple doesn’t get extra info from your phone’s apps. Under Advertising, turn on Limit Ad Tracking and you’ll see fewer targeted ads in apps or the browser.
Farmers in oxcarts, Buddhist monks, businesspeople launching startups—they all now have the world at their thumbs. But what is it like to endure, in just a few short years, the transition Western countries have had a quarter century to work through? Tech is powerful anywhere, but it’s particularly powerful when it’s brand-new and easy to exploit. In the stories that follow, six people share their experiences from the forefront of Myanmar’s mobile revolution. Each account offers a glimpse of the boon of sudden connectivity—along with the wide-ranging, and sometimes violent, consequences of disruption.
Starbucks says customers will still be able to use its own popular mobile payment app to buy their coffee. Also, unlike the small businesses that have until now have formed the core of Square’s customer base, the multinational coffee purveyor has no problem covering the merchant fees charged by traditional credit card processors. So why go in with Square? For a mere $25 million, Starbucks gets in early on a promising startup whose success it’s in a unique position to ensure by promoting the hell out of it.
Today, eBay is by far the largest classified advertising business in the world. Craigslist is surely having an impact on classifieds as well. There are lots of nimble, smart new competitors for all of the various revenue streams of newspapers, magazines and even TV (which has a big problem with devices like TiVo, which make 30-second ads disappear). We are high-margin businesses, and we’re up against folks who want the money but don’t want to bother with journalism.
At the book festival, Simon was nice enough to say he liked the idea behind my science activity book, Discover the Desert. But he also let me know about his newly- revamped website SeymourSimon.com. Among the features that kids and adults should find interesting are a blog (written by Simon and his wife Liz Nealon) that touches on news about science topics like the recent oil spill and tornadoes. There’s also a science dictionary and fun facts, with more content coming soon. If you and your children haven’t discovered the amazing science of Seymour Simon, it’s a great place to begin your journey!
Graham’s death count would raise questions about the much-vaunted precision of the strikes. Using the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s count, the U.S. has launched between 416 and 439 drone strikes in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia since the U.S. first successfully weaponized an MQ-1 Predator a decade ago. If Graham’s right, each strike would have to kill more than 10 people. It’s certainly possible – the 100-pound Hellfire missile carried by the drones is capable of it – but U.S. counterterrorism officials typically describe the drones as a tool geared for the targeting of a specific terrorist at a time, with minimal civilian casualties. (That isn’t necessarily the case: Sometimes the CIA kills people with drones without knowing who exactly they are.)
Prevagen is hardly alone. Though it’s targeting the 59-and-older set who watch cable news, Prevagen is just one of many nootropics on the market, each aimed at a different kind of audience. There’s Brain Dust, made by spiritual hippie foodie guru Amanda Chantal Bacon, which targets the Gwyneth Paltrow-admiring Goop set. There’s Qualia, made by a group called Neurohacker Collective, that appears targeted at professionals and emphasizes its scientific approach, and Nootrobox, which offers a whole cocktail of different brain enhancers and a complete guide to biohacking—to name just three. As baby boomers hit the age that memory normally starts to fade, and as Silicon Valley pours money into the biohacking fad, the market for chemical cognitive enhancers like these is booming.
This spring, a group called ProComp that’s funded by Oracle and Sun published reports warning of “Microsoft’s control of the Internet” and saying such actions “require the immediate attention of antitrust authorities and policy makers.” For their part, the state attorneys general who filed suit with the Clinton Justice Department say they take a dim view of Microsoft’s product announcements.
Like its main rival, Monster Energy has established itself as a steady presence in auto racing and action sports. The brand is already a co-primary sponsor of Kurt Busch’s No. 41 car, a deal that will remain in place after Monster Energy takes over the Sprint Cup Series. Monster Energy also sponsors Formula 1 racing.