Month: May 2021

Can we keep human inconsistency from confusing expert advice?

Enlarge (credit: Little, Brown and Company) Everyone has biases. And everyone knows that everyone has biases, and that these biases affect our judgements. Bias is explainable, and our brains like things they can explain. One of the leading explainers of our biases is economist Daniel Kahneman, famed for a Nobel win and his book Thinking, …

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Movie written by algorithm turns out to be hilarious and intense

Sunspring, a short science fiction movie written entirely by AI, debuted exclusively on Ars in June 2016. (video link) Ars is excited to be hosting this online debut of Sunspring, a short science fiction film that’s not entirely what it seems. It’s about three people living in a weird future, possibly on a space station, probably in a love …

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The SolarWinds hackers aren’t back—they never went away

Enlarge / “And people reliably click on these emails? Really?” (credit: Kremlin official photo) The Russian hackers who breached SolarWinds IT management software to compromise a slew of United States government agencies and businesses are back in the limelight. Microsoft said on Thursday that the same “Nobelium” spy group has built out an aggressive phishing …

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Deepfake maps could really mess with your sense of the world

Enlarge / A macro shot of the city of Seattle, Washington, on a map. (credit: Getty Images) Satellite images showing the expansion of large detention camps in Xinjiang, China, between 2016 and 2018 provided some of the strongest evidence of a government crackdown on more than a million Muslims, triggering international condemnation and sanctions. Other …

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Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors

Enlarge (credit: Amazon) If you use Alexa, Echo, or any other Amazon device, you have only 10 days to opt out of an experiment that leaves your personal privacy and security hanging in the balance. On June 8, the merchant, Web host, and entertainment behemoth will automatically enroll the devices in Amazon Sidewalk. The new …

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Ancient cemetery tells a tale of constant, low level warfare

Enlarge (credit: Crevecoeur and Antoine 2021) When archaeologists in the 1960s unearthed a 13,400-year-old cemetery at Jebel Sahaba in Sudan, it looked like they’d stumbled across the aftermath of a large-scale battle fought during the Pleistocene. At least half the people buried at the site, which straddles the banks of the Upper Nile, bore the …

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The best Memorial Day sales we can find on laptops, video games, and more tech

Enlarge Memorial Day weekend has arrived, which means it’s time for a special holiday edition of the Dealmaster’s usual deals roundup. As is often the case, this year’s crop of Memorial Day sales aren’t explicitly focused on electronics as much as mattresses, appliances, and other home goods. Those who can hold out for more sweeping …

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