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The NYPD is going through all sorts of exciting changes these days. Cops are learning how to use iPhones, send e-mails and be nice. Now, one councilman wants to bring them into the 21st century and get rid of the typewriters they still use. The New York Daily News reports that Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Queens) […]

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The supercomputer technology that previously won Jeopardy is now heading to Japan to learn Japanese and develop cognitive abilities, the New York Times reports. With Japan’s SoftBank, IBM’s Watson will be able to perform “human-seeming tasks” like “parsing language, interacting in sympathetic ways and deducing important contextual information from huge amounts of data.” The hope […]

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These adorable sysadmin posters dug up by Redditor evandena remind you of all the things you should know. Get a better password. Information is valuable and stuff. Back-up your shit already. Why are we even having this conversation? C:/DOS vintage graphics though, oomph. (Images: Reddit) […]

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The phenomenally successful game Minecraft is unique in that it allows players to build things in much the same way that they are built in real life — brick by brick. Among its tons of projects, people have built the entire world of Star Wars, a replica of Manhattan and several art works. Using the in-game material “redstone,” players can […]

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Though computers are fast and getting faster, processors are still far from competing with the human brain. Computer chips usually only send or receive a signal from one place at a time. This is radically different from neurons in the brain that are connected to hundreds of others, and send and receive many messages simultaneously. […]

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Let “K” show you how. Because who isn’t turned on by the idea of sitting naked in front of a rickety plastic ye olde computing machine, indulging in the cam-free web of anonymous eroticism, typing into an anonymous chat room: K: i’m very horny and im looking for some good cybersex are you interested? B: […]

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In Niklas Ißelburg and Jakob Kilian project Binary Talk, controlled smoke relays a binary message from one computer to another. The interactive installation “Binairy Talk” uses smoke signs to transmit digital data. Air serves as the communication medium for binary code, as a carrier of data and information across a distance. The hidden processes of the […]

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Have you ever thought “I love my computer, but I wish every image on it was a photo of Kanye West’s head?” Well today is your lucky day. Maddy Varner, F.A.T.‘s new intern, has prepared a set of detailed instructions on how to “KANYEFY” your computer, using transparent images to replace every icon on your […]

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At first, the story of Chris Sevier seems innocent enough. Man gets addicted to porn, tries to marry his computer, fails, lives in unwed bliss instead. Romantic! Even if the lawfully wedded part didn’t work out. Then you get to the part where Sevier calls himself “patriot with standing,” and things start to feel icky. […]

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A group of Italian researches who have developed a Kinect-powered computer that can detect human emotion by analyzing bodily movements. New Scientist explains how it works. The system uses the Kinect camera to build a stick figure representation of a person that includes information on how their head, torso, hands and shoulders are moving. Software looks for […]

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