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11.17.14 Rhett Jones

In terrifying, dystopian news that was once the stuff of fiction, scientists have taught an artificial intelligence program how to create a magic trick. After researchers uploaded the outline of how a magic jig-saw puzzle and a mind-reading card trick work, the computer program was able to create original versions of the trick that were so good […]

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06.15.10 Bucky Turco

Last week, the FAA was looking into unmanned aircraft for commercial flights and this week, they have another, equally horrific idea: Let drones fly amongst regular aircraft and have them assist law enforcement. The thought of UAVs patrolling U.S. cities like it’s Waziristan is absolutely terrifying, but also inevitable according to author Alfred McCoy, who […]

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06.08.10 Bucky Turco

May this never be built: “The Scarab Chase Assistant is an electric semi-autonomous police vehicle. When a speeder zips by, a cop electronically tags that car with radar, and then sends the Scarab scurrying after it.” […]

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06.01.10 Bucky Turco

Team Obama can chalk off another kill by way of a Predator drone attack in Pakistan. Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, an Egyptian national and OG Al Qaeda founder and #3 on the U.S. list, reportedly died in a missile strike, but as the New York Times notes, we’ve heard that before. This time however, it’s true, […]

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02.22.10 Bucky Turco

Well, it looks like the Coast Guard is keeping its word and will start deploying drones over the Gulf of Mexico. The unmanned aerial vehicles that have become a hallmark of wartime insurgent-hunting in the Middle East—Pakistan in particular—will be used for “drug surveillance and rescue efforts,” according to UPI. Yea, until they get their […]

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