Delicate tasks

As for its looks, the german designed and IBM programmed CIMON-2 (the smiley plastic balloon on the left) does not claim any prizes. Though, it has a rich emotional (and rational) world. There is a thing you need to remember: even with robots, appearances can be deceiving… The “Crew Interactive Mobile Companion-2”, as its whole name is, is a “smart” …

Emergency button

It has (or it say it has) 50 million users/customers worldwide. Perhaps they are not many. The online matchmaking app Tinder, and its owner, deserves to celebrate this accomplishment, establishing itself as an intermediary of human libidinal currents across the globe. And, of course, nothing is done for free: setting horniness aside, Tinder distributes the personal data of its users/costumers …

Digital yuan

Blockchain technology, which was created to allow the global movement of digital currencies by bypassing the control of central banks, has led to the creation of “cryptocurrencies” suitable only for gambling and “black” payments. Basic, not of computer, but of monetary knowledge could help to make this clear from the beginning: regardless of the form it takes, anything that generally …

Cold Fusion

For some, it represents the ultimate energy solution: a cheap energy source without environmental implications. The final (and, above all, practical) form of such a nuclear process does not appear to be very near. For optimists, it is on the horizon. For realists, much more work and effort is needed. But, nevertheless, when we make a short comment here, it …

Besides, they constantly go off

Vermont is a peculiar state among the others of the u.s.a.. It is generally considered a progressive one (one of the presidential candidates for the DNC primary elections, Bernie Sanders, has been continually elected as u.s. Vermont senator since 2007). From time to time, in this state there is a minority but active movement for its secession from the u.s. …

Boiling Frogs

There is an urban legend, a variation of an older fairy tale, which explains how to boil a living frog. As the legend says, if you put a frog into a pot of hot water, it will immediately feel the heat and out of instinct will jump out and run away. But if you put it in lukewarm water, it …

Genes do dance!

They have been discovered since the 40’s. But in vain: as for official genetics (that is, mainstream geneticists and biologists), they were considered “junk genes”, useless. This point of view can’t be seriously called “scientific expertise”; but don’t worry: in sciences there is an infinite amount of scientific junk. Eventually, this peculiar genetic behavior has only recently begun to receive …

Absolute evil; and the state as absolute good

The above image depicts the favorite incident of those who predict the danger posed by the 21st-century technological developments: a rather microscopic drone puts a bullet in a head… Who kills whom and why? The victim becomes known -but what about the perpetrator? Is it due to personal differences? Is that person a “maniac” -maybe from the other corner of …

Turbo

Soul flyers are a team of reckless air acrobats -whatever “acrobatics” may mean in this case, from skydiving to… Vince Reffet is a member of the team. He was “booked” for a spectacular demonstration of a solo [human] flight, which makes sense in terms of who would be willing to enter such a project. The toxic guy of the emirates …

Invisible writing

In the age of generalized surveillance of digital communications, there are always romantics (possibly representing themeselves as “experts”) who believe and propagate that the privacy of communications can be technically protected: through encryption. However, we know that various apps (like whatsup) that are offered as encrypted, are already broken by the state services. As long as one does the job; …

Shanghai 2020

Drones. In Shanghai. The New Year’s spectacle (“New Year’s Eve” with the western calendar – not chinese…) was cute. With one difference: these hundreds of drones that make these flawless formations are not made to be displayed at celebrations and anniversaries. Swarm drones are weapons systems, programmed with “artificial intelligence” (that is, with possibilities of constant “communication”) that are considered …

Paris 2020

Displays. In Paris. As a ritual invocation to an unknown god, tens of thousands of remote controls of daily life ascend to the night sky – for the sake of the “New Year’s welcome” – in front of a gate of some triumph… There seems to be no one without his/her own “alleluia”. There are only new triumphs… Is god …