Artist Imagines A Future In Which Pets Date, Have Sex, Fall In Love

Generally speaking, we think we know our pets. We read their behaviors and tend to their needs, all the while projecting onto them certain attributes and inclinations. Eventually we construct entire pet personalities, without them ever speaking a word.


But do we ever really know what they want, or what they need?


Artist Kuang-Yi Ku has no pets of his own, but he’s observed his friend’s cat with interest. One day, he noticed the feline was in heat and acting rather strangely. “I was not sure what feeling the cat experienced but I just thought that I could feel it want to have sex,” Kuang-Yi explained in an email to The Huffington Post. “However, I am not a cat, so of course I could not understand what cats want.”



This limitation intrigued Kuang-Yi, who doubts it’s possible to ever truly understand another person’s feelings, let alone another animal’s. Despite the lack of hope, he began his latest project by interviewing pet owners and veterinarians to find out more about the feelings of pets ― particularly, pets’ feelings about sex. Is sex just about reproduction for pets? Is pleasure a guiding factor? What about attraction?


The first thing Kuang-Yi learned was how ubiquitous a practice castration is, along with the resounding opinion that it makes pets healthier, tamer, and more suitable for domestic living.The artist was shocked at the popularity of the response. “I just asked myself: ‘Do we (humans) really have the right to cut off another creature’s sex organ and even claim that it is for their own good?’” he explained. “However, if we don’t do that, how could we solve the sexual problem of pets?”


Kuang-Yi devised two potential solutions to this “sexual problem.” First, in lieu of castration, he’s opting for contraception. The artist is developing design propositions for spray-on condoms, as well as oral contraceptive pills ― of course, for pets. And second, to help pets find potential partners, Kuang-Yi conceived of a dating app specifically for pets. How else does anyone meet someone nowadays?



The dating app “PatPet,” currently in progress, is a collaboration between Kuang-Yi and Yi-Ling Wu (an engineer), Tzu-Yen Chen (an architect). and Wen-Yu Tsai (a filmmaker). The design vaguely resembles Tinder, Grindr and the like, with photo streams accompanied by users’ age, gender and personal preferences. Of course, all the images are of cats and dogs, but this much is obvious.


Oftentimes, as Kuang-Yi work reminds us, pet owners and lovers imagine the animals in their lives as innocent companions, almost eternally infantile in their cuteness. But perhaps we’re forgetting something.Specifically, pets’ sexual needs and desires.Save for the occasional awkward chortle that results from witnessing a pup humping a pillow, do we ever appreciate the possibility that pets are sexual beings too? In an interview with Dazed Digital, Kuang-Yi compared the widespread denial of animals’ needs to the way we treat people with disabilities, often assumed to be “angels without lust or desire.”


The contraception and app projects are part of Kuang-Yi’s ongoing artist residency at Liverpool’s FACT, called “Pet’s Petting.” There, the artist is re-imagining the way humans will interact with their pets in the future ― the main difference being that pet owners will acknowledge and encourage their pets’ sexual needs decades from now.


“Maybe in the future, it will be a new practice of animal welfare,” Kuang-Yi said.



Kuang-Yi considers himself a multidisciplinary researcher, at once a biomaterial scientist, a visual artist, and a gender study theorist with a masters degree in dental science. His work often takes a hybridized art-meets-science approach to unpacking the invisible structures that govern the way we live.


As a queer man, Kuang-Yi often works to destabilize the norms that govern our bodies and desires. “For me, in my future imagination, medical technology is no longer controlled by the doctors and some experts,” Kuang-Yi said. “The knowledge is shared to every individual. So people in the future can choose their own body structure. In the queer utopia, every individual might look different, but sometimes there will be a group of people with similar appearance to share one identity.”



Kuang-Yi’s work with pets, which he described as “fictional design,” has raised even more questions than he started with. Assuming in some distant future “Pets Petting” comes to fruition, what role would owners play in the facilitation of their pets’ sexual exploits? How would human architecture shift to address the newly adopted need to cater to their beloved animals’ urges?


The artists imagine a brave new world with brave new animal sex hubs in it. Such centers of activity include, prospectively, a Love Hotel for Dogs in Taiwan, and a Dog’s Sex Park in France. Furthermore, Kuang-Yi hints at a universe in which owners relocate to live closer to their pets’ longterm partners, completely restructuring the way we live. The project, founded upon scientific research, straddles design and science fiction with a little bit of furry, erotic fanfic thrown in.



In the end, Kuang-Yi embraces the silliness of his proposition while acknowledging the serious undercurrents beneath the surface ― the importance of sexual freedom for all, no matter how “other” they may be.According to Kuang-Yi’s forecasting, pet-centric architecture will be coming to a world near you in 2046.


Until then, humping pillows will have to do.


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Why the Navy Needs Disruption Now (part 2 of 2)

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The threat is here it's just distributed unevenly - A2/AD and the aircraft carrier

This is the second of a two-part post following my stay on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Part 1 talked about what I saw and learned - the layout of a carrier, how the air crew operates and how the carrier functions in context of the other ships around it (the strike group.) But the biggest learning was the realization that disruption is not just happening to companies, it's also happening to the Navy. And that the Lean Innovation tools we've built to deal with disruption and create continuous innovation for large commercial organizations were equally relevant here.

This post offers a few days' worth of thinking about what I saw. (If you haven't, read part 1 first.)

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The threat is here; it's just distributed unevenly - A2/AD and the aircraft carrier

Both of the following statements are true:
The aircraft carrier is viable for another 30 years.
The aircraft carrier is obsolete.

Well-defended targets
Think of an aircraft carrier as a $11 billion dollar portable air force base manned by 5,000 people delivering 44 F/A-18 strike fighters anywhere in the world.

The primary roles of the 44 F/A-18 strike fighters that form the core of the carrier's air wing is to control the air and drop bombs on enemy targets. For targets over uncontested airspace (Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, etc.) that's pretty easy. The problem is that First World countries have developed formidable surface-to-air missiles - the Russian S-300 and S-400 and the Chinese HQ-9 - which have become extremely effective at shooting down aircraft. And they have been selling these systems to other countries (Iran, Syria, Egypt, etc.). While the role of an aircraft carrier's EA-18G Growlers is to jam/confuse the radar of these missiles, the sophistication and range of these surface-to-air missiles have been evolving faster than the jamming countermeasures on the EA-18G Growlers (and the cyber hacks to shut the radars down).

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This means that the odds of a carrier-based F/A-18 strike fighter successfully reaching a target defended by these modern surface-to-air missiles is diminishing yearly. Unless the U.S. military can take these air defense systems out with drones, cruise missiles or cyber attack, brave and skilled pilots may not be enough. Given the F/A-18's are manned aircraft (versus drones), high losses of pilots may be (politically) unacceptable.

Vulnerable carriers
If you want to kill a carrier, first you must find it and then you have to track it. In WWII knowing where the enemy fleet located was a big - and critical - question. Today, photo imaging satellites, satellites that track electronic emissions (radio, radar, etc.) and satellites with synthetic aperture radar that can see through clouds and at night are able to pinpoint the strike group and carrier 24/7. In the 20th century only the Soviet Union had this capability. Today, China can do this in the Pacific and to a limited extent, Iran has this capability in the Persian Gulf. Soon there will be enough commercial satellite coverage of the Earth using the same sensors, that virtually anyone able to pay for the data will be able to track the ships.

During the Cold War the primary threat to carriers was from the air - from strike/fighters dropping bombs/torpedoes or from cruise missiles (launched from ships and planes). While the Soviets had attack submarines, our anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities (along with very noisy Soviet subs pre-Walker spy ring) made subs a secondary threat to carriers.

In the 20th century the war plan for a carrier strike group used its fighter and attack aircraft and Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from the cruisers to destroy enemy radar, surface-to-air missiles, aircraft and communications (including satellite downlinks). As those threats are eliminated, the carrier strike can move closer to land without fear of attack. This allowed the attack aircraft to loiter longer over targets or extend their reach over enemy territory.

Carriers were designed to be most effective launching a high number of sorties (number of flights) from ~225 miles from the target. For example, we can cruise offshore of potential adversaries (Iraq and Syria) who can't get to our carriers. (Carriers can standoff farther or can reach further inland, but they have to launch F-18's as refueling tankers to extend the mission range. For example, missions into Afghanistan are 6-8 hours versus normal mission times of 2-3 hours.)

In the 21st century carrier strike groups are confronting better equipped adversaries, and today carriers face multiple threats before they can launch an initial strike. These threats include much quieter submarines, long-range, sea-skimming cruise missiles, and in the Pacific, a potential disruptive game changer - ballistic missiles armed with non-nuclear maneuverable warheads that can hit a carrier deck as it maneuvers at speed (DF-21d and the longer range DF-26).

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In the Persian Gulf the carriers face another threat - Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC) and speedboats with anti-ship cruise missiles that can be launched from shore.

The sum of all these threats - to the carrier-based aircraft and the carriers themselves - are called anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities.

Eventually the cost and probability of defending the carrier as a manned aircraft platform becomes untenable in highly defended A2/AD environments like the western Pacific or the Persian Gulf. (This seems to be exactly the problem the manned bomber folks are facing in multiple regions.) But if not a carrier, what will they use to project power? While the carrier might become obsolete, the mission certainly has not.

So how does/should the Navy solve these problems?

Three Horizons of Innovation

One useful way to think about in innovation in the face of increasing disruption / competition is called the "Three Horizons of Innovation." It suggests that an organization should think about innovation across three categories called "Horizons."
Horizon 1 activities support executing the existing mission with ever increasing efficiency
Horizon 2 is focused on extending the core mission
Horizon 3 is focused on searching for and creating brand new missions (see here for background on the Three Horizons.)

Horizon 1 is the Navy's core mission. Here the Navy executes against a set of known mission requirements (known beneficiaries, known ships and planes, known adversaries, deployment, supply chain, etc.) It uses existing capabilities and has comparatively low risk to get the next improvement out the door.

In a well-run organization like the Navy, innovation and improvement occurs continuously in Horizon 1. Branches of the Navy innovate on new equipment, new tactics, new procurement processes, more sorties on newer carriers, etc. As fighter pilots want more capable manned aircraft and carrier captains want better carriers, it's not a surprise that Horizon 1 innovations are upgrades - the next generation of carriers - Ford Class; and next generation of navy aircraft - the F-35C. As a failure here can impact the Navy's current mission, Horizon 1 uses traditional product management tools to minimize risk and assure execution. (And yes, like any complex project they still manage to be over budget and miss their delivery schedule.)



Because failure here is unacceptable, Navy Horizon 1 programs and people are managed by building repeatable and scalable processes, procedures, incentives and promotions to execute and the mission.

In Horizon 2, the Navy extends its core mission. Here it looks for new opportunities within its existing mission (trying new technology on the same platform, using the same technology with new missions, etc.) Horizon 2 uses mostly existing capabilities (the carrier as an aircraft platform, aircraft to deliver munitions) and has moderate risk in building or securing new capabilities to get the product out the door.

An example of potential Naval Horizon 2 innovations is unmanned drones flying off carriers to do the jobs fighter pilots hate such as serving as airborne tankers (who wants to fly a gas tank around for 6 hours?) and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), another tedious mission flying around for hours that could be better solved with a drone downlinking ISR data for processing on board a ship.

However, getting the tanker and ISR functions onto drones only delays the inevitable shift to drones for strike, and then for fighters. The problem of strike fighters' increasing difficulty in penetrating heavily defended targets isn't going to get better with the new F-35C (the replacement for the F/A-18). In fact, it will get worse. Regardless of the bravery and skill of the pilots, they will face air defense systems evolving at a faster rate than the defensive systems on the aircraft. It's not at all clear in a low-intensity conflict (think Bosnia or Syria) that civilian leadership will want to risk captured or killed pilots and losing planes like the F-35C that cost several hundred million dollars each.



Management in Horizon 2 works by pattern recognition and experimentation inside the current mission model. Ironically, institutional inertia keeps the Navy from deploying unmanned assets on carriers. In a perfect world, drones in carrier tanker and ISR roles should have been deployed by the beginning of this decade. And by now experience with them on a carrier deck could have led to first, autonomous wingmen and eventually autonomous missions. Instead the system appears to have fallen into the "real men fly planes and command Air Wings and get promoted by others who do" mindset.

The Navy does not lack drone demos and prototypes, but it has failed to deploy Horizon 2 innovations with speed and urgency. Failure to act aggressively here will impact the Navy's ability to carry out its mission of sea control and power projection. (The Hudson Institute report on the future of the carrier is worth a read, and a RAND report on the same topic comes out in October.)

If you think Horizon 2 innovation is hard in the Navy, wait until you get to Horizon 3. This is where disruption happens. It's how the aircraft carrier disrupted the battleship. How nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines changed the nature of strategic deterrence, and how the DF-21/26 and artificial islands in the South China sea changed decades of assumptions. And it's why, in most organizations, innovation dies.

For the Navy, a Horizon 3 conversation would not be about better carriers and aircraft. Instead it would focus on the core reasons the Navy deploys a carrier strike group: to show the flag for deterrence, or to control part of the sea to protect shipping, or to protect a Marine amphibious force, or to project offensive power against any adversary in well-defended areas.

A Horizon 3 solution for the Navy would start with basic need of these missions (sea control, offensive power projection - sortie generation) the logistic requirements that come with them, and the barriers to their success like A2/AD threats. Lots of people have been talking and writing about this and lots of Horizon 3 concepts have been proposed such as Distributed Lethality, Arsenal Ships, underwater drone platforms, etc.



Focusing on these goals - not building or commanding carriers, or building and flying planes - is really, really hard. It's hard to get existing operational organizations to think about disruption because it means they have to be thinking about obsoleting a job, function or skill they've spent their lives perfecting. It's hard because any large organization is led by people who succeeded as Horizon 1 and 2 managers and operators (not researchers). Their whole focus, career, incentives, etc. has been about building and make the current platforms work. And the Navy has excelled in doing so.

The problem is that Horizon 3 solutions take different people, different portfolio, different process and different politics.

People: In Horizon 1 and 2 programs people who fail don't get promoted because in a known process failure to execute is a failure of individual performance. However, applying the same rules to Horizon 3 programs - no failures tolerated - means we'll have no learning and no disruptive innovations. What spooks leadership is that in Horizon 3 most of the projects will fail. But using Lean Innovation they'll fail quickly and cheaply.

In Horizon 3 the initial program is run by mavericks - the crazy innovators. In the Navy, these are the people you want to court martial or pass over for promotion for not getting with current program. (In a startup they'd be the founding CEO.) These are the fearless innovators you want to create new and potentially disruptive mission models. Failure to support their potential disruptive talent means it will go elsewhere.

Portfolio: In Horizon 3, the Navy is essentially incubating a startup. And not just one. The Navy needs a portfolio of Horizon 3 bets, for the same reason venture capital and large companies have a portfolio of Horizon 3 bets - most of these bets will fail - but the ones that succeed are game changers.

Process: A critical difference between a Horizon 3 bet and a Horizon 1 or 2 bet is that you don't build large, expensive, multi-year programs to test radically new concepts (think of the Zumwalt class destroyers). You use "Lean" techniques to build Minimal Viable Products (MVPs). MVPs are whatever it takes to get you the most learning in the shortest period of time.

Horizon 3 groups operate with speed and urgency - the goal is rapid learning. They need to be physically separate from operating divisions in an incubator, or their own facility. And they need their own plans, procedures, policies, incentives and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) different from those in Horizon 1.

The watchwords in Horizon 3 are "If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."

Politics: In Silicon Valley most startups fail. That's why we invest in a portfolio of new ideas, not just one. We embrace failure as an integral part of learning. We do so by realizing that in Horizon 3 we are testing hypotheses - a series of unknowns - not executing knowns. Yet failure/learning is a dirty word in the world of promotions and the "gotcha game" of politics. To survive in this environment Horizon 3 leaders must learn how to communicate up/down and sideways that they are not running Horizon 1 and 2 projects.

Meanwhile, Navy and DOD leadership has to invest in, and clearly communicate their innovation strategy across all three Horizons.

Failure to manage innovation across all three Horizons and failure to make a portfolio of Horizon 3 bets means that the Navy is exposed to disruption by new entrants. Entrants unencumbered by decades of success, fueled by their own version of manifest destiny.

Lessons Learned

-- Our carriers are a work of art run and manned by professionals
Threats that can degrade or negate a carrier strike group exist in multiple areas
However, carriers are still a significant asset in almost all other combat scenarios

-- Speed and urgency rather than institutional inertia should be the watchwords for Horizon 2 innovation

-- Horizon 3 innovation is about a clean sheet of paper thinking
It's what Silicon Valley calls disruption
It requires different people, portfolio, process and politics

-- The Navy (and DOD) must manage innovation across all three Horizons
Allocating dollars and resources for each

-- Remembering that todays Horizon 3 crazy idea is tomorrow Horizon 1 platform

Thanks to the crew of the U.S.S. Vinson, and Commander Todd Cimicata and Stanford for a real education about the Navy.

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Even This Gaming Grandma Star Thinks That The Internet Is Ageist

Shirley Curry is known to the online universe as the Gaming Grandma. She is an 80-year-old widow from Virginia who spends hours every day in front of her computer, much of the time playing the video game Skyrim.She has what’s been described as a huge cult following on YouTubewhere people tune in in droves to watch her play and hear her running commentary. YouTube gaming channels bring in more than 3.5 billion views each month.


In addition to being a YouTube star at age 80, Grandma Shirleytweets, Instagrams, Facebooks, emails, and is actually pretty much adored by the fine folks at Reddit who are generally not known for their adoring ways.


No two ways about it: Grandma Shirley is a rock star. But even she has a problem with that. By making such a big deal about an older person just because they know their way around the digital world, it underscores the stereotype that most don’t. And that’s not true, says Grandma Shirley.


“I think it is really weird,” is how she described her fame to The Huffington Post, adding, “There are a lot of older gamers on YouTube, but I just happened to use my real picture and was open about telling my age. Most others―not all ― are scared of getting nasty comments.”


And as for those nasty commenters, Grandma Shirley wants you to know that “[Older people]are active online, and because we’re here proves we can understand and use today’s technology. If an older person is healthy and is interested in playing games, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t, or can’t.”


Further, she scolds, “The younger people tend to ridicule older people on YouTube [and act] as though it’s their private territory ... I’ll bet they won’t look back and remember how disrespectful they were to us! LOL.”


“Older YouTubers should use their own pictures and put their age in their profile,” she told Vice. “Then everybody would know there are lots of older people and it wouldn’t be such a big deal.” She says that refusing to hide and pretend that older gamers don’t exist is essential to fixing the online culture.


Playing video games is actually a triple crown winner for retirees: It’s inexpensive, since there are global audiences you can find someone awake 24/7, and it doesn’t require that you drive at night along icy roads to play. Video games have also been linked to better brain health and dexterity.


Not without some irony,Shirley’s YouTube fame has actually restricted the amount of time she has to play the game. “I wish I had time to play for hours like I used to, just for myself,” she said.Now her time is claimed by working on her videos, answering comments and engaging with her fans.


Speaking of comments, Grandma Shirley seems to be spared the wrath of anonymous trolls. More often than not, it’s one of her “grandkids” ― her pet name for her fans ― posting things like “You’re so sweet and nice that I can’t stand it, Please never change Shirley.”


We couldn’t agree more.

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These #WorstFirstDate Tweets Prove It’s Way Tougher Being A Woman

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On behalf of men everywhere, sorry.


With beauty standards, the gender wage gap, motherhood and everything in between, we already knew it was tough being a woman. Then Jimmy Fallon made #WorstFirstDate his hashtag again this week, and: Er. Mah. Gerd.


Horror stories from women totally dominated the segment, and all your tweets unequivocally prove one thing: Guys stink.


Sometimes that stink is figurative, like when a dude takes you to Bass Pro Shops for a first date. Yeah, Bass Pro Shops is sick. They have everything you need right there: hunting, fishing, camping. You’re set. But for a first date, (spoiler alert) it kind of sucks.


(I know. I was shocked, too, dudes, but it’s true.)


Other times, the stink is literal.When guys go in the bathroom, never return and tell you to call an Uber, it’s probably because he actually stinks.


Anyway, thanks for putting up with us. Enjoy Fallon’s faves this week:



He told me he wanted to take me to one of his favorite places, so I dressed up. It was a Bass Pro shop #WorstFirstDate

— Jess (@Jcrunkk) July 29, 2016



Guys goes to spit out the window of the car, and doesn't realize the window was up then says, Wow these windows are clean. #worstfirstdate

— My Info (@umtthinkimcrazy) July 27, 2016



He went to the bathroom, then texted me "You should call an uber" bc he'd peed his pants & was too embarrassed to come back #WorstFirstDate

— Sarah Fitzpatrick (@sfitzpatrick294) July 27, 2016


Again,is it too late now to say sorry?





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A different, less paranoid, and not mutually exclusive prediction holds that the future will be a wasteland of a different sort, one characterized by purposelessness: Without jobs to give their lives meaning, people will simply become lazy and depressed. Indeed, today's unemployed don't seem to be having a great time. One Gallup poll found that 20 percent of Americans who have been unemployed for at least a year report having depression, double the rate for working Americans.
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But need it be this way? Work-free societies are more than just a thought experiment--they've existed throughout human history. Consider hunter-gatherers, who have no bosses, paychecks, or eight-hour workdays. Ten thousand years ago, all humans were hunter-gatherers, and some still are.
Well, good or bad, we're headed in the direction of a largely work-free society, so it is important that we start figuring out how civilization ought to evolve to adjust to this tectonic shift that is inevitable in the next 50 years.

Downton Abbey offers some answers:
According to Randolph Trumbach, a professor of history at Baruch College, 18th-century English aristocrats spent their days visiting friends, eating elaborate meals, hosting salons, hunting, writing letters, fishing, and going to church. They also spent a good deal of time participating in politics, without pay. Their children would learn to dance, play instruments, speak foreign languages, and read Latin. Russian nobles frequently became intellectuals, writers, and artists. "As a 17th-century aristocrat said, 'We sit down to eat and rise up to play, for what is a gentleman but his pleasure?'" Trumbach says.
This is a best-case scenario where financial resources are abundant.

The trouble is, the bulk of the population will not have a lot of money. For them, life will be highly constrained, predictably structured, and terribly boring.

One of my favorite philosophers is Bertrand Russell whose 1930 treatise, The Conquest of Happiness, highlights the importance of meaningful work as a key component in such pursuit.

Anthropologists and philosophers arguing in favor of a work-free society may want to check this book out.

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Blockchain holds key to reinventing energy grid

Solar technology and battery storage are important. But what has been missing is a technology on which to organize, co-ordinate and secure a true peer-to-peer power grid.

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While breakthroughs in solar-cell technology have led to greater variety in locally generated renewable energy, the underlying model is still broken: the local utility captures excess power in its supply for redistribution at wholesale rates, often with considerable leakage. (SHUTTERSTOCK)

This post was co-written with Alex Tapscott.

In the near future, the Internet of Things (IoT) will enable billions of smart devices to sense, respond, communicate and share data. Those things will also have the ability to generate, buy and sell their own electricity.

Now imagine if each household that has the ability -- and a lot of these things -- to generate and store electricity can enter into automated, peer-to-peer transactions with neighbours or sell power back into the grid at the market rate, rather than through a third-party utility.

But first, consider the aging energy grid of today, which is from the industrial age -- large central sources broadcasting power to "dumb" appliances. This will have to change.

We need a power grid that is decentralized, full of smart devices and where everyone can contribute power.

Furthermore, all these devices and the people who use them will need a way of buying and selling power, doing transactions and working together in a collaborative manner. Increasingly, power strategists are turning to a surprising new technology for this: the blockchain -- the underlying, peer-to-peer technology that enables, tracks, verifies and records digital transactions and currencies like Bitcoin.

Here's why.

Today, most homeowners, businesses, governments and other organizations in urban North America get their power from regulated utilities at regulated prices. This approach is deeply flawed.

For one, it is inefficient. Large amounts of energy are lost as heat at the plant or in transmission cross long distances, driving up prices and creating an outsized carbon footprint. Second, it is overly centralized, making it prone to failure, an uncomfortable reality familiar to anyone who lived through the Northeast Blackout of 2003 or Hurricane Sandy in New York. Finally, consumers are powerless (no pun intended) because they have no choice, accepting ever-higher rates for power.

While breakthroughs in solar-cell technology and battery storage have led to greater variety in locally generated renewable energy, the underlying model is still broken: the local utility captures excess power in its supply for redistribution at wholesale rates, often with considerable leakage. The consumer, who might have a neighbour with a local power source, must still go through the utility and pay full retail for that renewable energy. It's ridiculous.

Solar technology and battery storage are important. But what has been missing is a technology on which to organize, co-ordinate and secure a true peer-to-peer power grid. Blockchain holds the key.

Millions of homes could become autonomous agents, contracting power automatically with the highest bidder. With potentially millions of distributed power sources, the system needs to continuously track everything, including the ability to authenticate each node in the network -- to ensure its reliability, which is why blockchian is critical to all of this.

This is not science fiction. Indeed it's already happening today.

"Instead of the command-and-control system the utilities have now, where a handful of people are actually running a utility grid, you could design the grid so that it runs itself," says Lawrence Orsini, cofounder and principal at LO3 Energy, a pioneer in the space. "The network becomes far more resilient because all of the assets in the grid are helping maintain and run it."

It's a distributed, peer-to-peer, IoT model with smart contracts (which execute and self-enforce using software rather than people) and other controls designed into the assets themselves. This time, when a hurricane destroys transmission towers or fire cripples a transformer substation, the grid can quickly and automatically reroute power to prevent a massive blackout.

Resilience isn't the only benefit. Locally generated power, used locally, is significantly more efficient than the utility-scale model, which relies on transmitting energy across vast distances, where energy is lost.

LO3 Energy recently partnered with Consensus Systems to launch the first ever micro-grid project using blockchain technology, in Park Slope New York. The so-called TransActive Grid matches households who generate electricity with those who need it, executing sales automatically using smart contracts with little-to-no human involvement.

April 11, 2016, could very well go down as one of the seminal moments in the history of electrical innovation, akin to Thomas Edison's first light-bulb tests. It was on that day the Brooklyn Microgrid hosted the first ever peer-to-peer transaction of renewably generated energy on a blockchain in the world. Since that day, LO3 has had more than 130 buildings sign up for participation and that is growing by the day. The support from the city and its key stakeholders has been overwhelming.

"So, instead of paying an energy services company that's buying renewable energy credits, you get to pay the people who are actually generating the electricity that is serving your house," says Orsinin. "That is local and green and that actually has an environmental impact in your neighbourhood. It seems fairer, right?"

Alongside increasing the generation of renewable power at the local level, the Internet of Things is challenging the regulated utility model and not a moment too soon. We need our utility grids and our engines not to leak energy and carbon into our atmosphere. While utilities are looking at IoT benefits to their existing infrastructure (so-called "smart grids"), connecting blockchain-enabled microgrids could lead to entirely new energy models.

Utility companies, their unions, regulators and policy-makers, should explore these new models for generating, distributing and using electricity. "The potential to shift from nationwide-controlled energy companies to locally managed transactive grids offers a major opportunity to change the entire concept of energy consumption. It will be good for our pockets, but most importantly it will be good for our planet," Says Orsini.

Toronto is often described as a city of neighbourhoods. Indeed, Toronto's neighbourhoods, with their strong communities, identities and local advocates and organizers, could be the pioneers we need to create the energy grid of tomorrow for a more sustainable, secure and prosperous future. But this will take leadership. Says Orsini, "Last week, we took the meter off the wall and put it in peoples hands. Where we go from here is up to you."

Don Tapscott and his son Alex Tapscott are authors of the Globe and Mail bestselling book Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and the World. This piece originally appeared in The Toronto Star.

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The Art Of Texting Just Got Real Thanks To These Art History Emoji

@postandgleam requested a Frida emoji! done and done. What other artist ones should we make? . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd  #frida #fridakahlo

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The art nerds housed here at HuffPost Arts & Culture have spent many long hours dreaming of a world in which art history legends from Klimt’s kiss to Magritte’s (non-) pipe could, in emoji form, pop up in texts or slide into your DMs.


Well, thanks to the beautiful minds over at Cantor Fine Art in Los Angeles, we’re one step closer to living in a world in which art history symbols flow through our digital exchanges like water ― or Kimoji. The gallery has recently uploaded a variety of art-centric emoji to Instagram, from Vincent van Gogh to Georgia O’Keeffe to Jean-Michel Basquiat.


Sadly, the emoji aren’t functional yet. You’ll have to wait to officially respond to a late-night “u up?” with a nonplussed Yayoi Kusama. In the meantime, enjoy the clever digital renderings below. And if anyone reading this happens to be in the emoji-manufacturing business, please make these beauties real.



Some people claim Vincent van Gogh lost his ear in a fight with his friend, the French artist Paul Gauguin. Maybe he was a more a frenemy? What other famous artist emoji should we make? . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd #ear #vangogh #gauguin #frenemy #vincentvangogh

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We noticed that some emoji are direct references to famous artwork. So we made Magritte's "The Son of Man." What other artist related emoji should we make? . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd #magritte #renemagritte #sonofman

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@peopleandplates and @myfriendyayoi requested a yayoi emoji! YAY! You know her cause she makes those infinity rooms you wait 3 hours to get into. What other artist emoji should we make? . . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd#warhol #popart #yayoi #yayoikusama #infinityroom

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@elektrasteel requested a duchamp emoji! Where my art history nerds at?! holla . What other artist emoji should we make? . . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd #dada #marcel #duchamp #marcelduchamp #fountain @tate

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@elektrasteel and @satoshigallery requested a picasso emoji! What other artist emoji should we make? . . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd #picasso

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@chacha_now_yall requested a dali emoji!  What other art emoji should we make? . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd #frida #fridakahlo

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@wyatt.knowles requested a basquiat emoji! radiant child delivered. What other artist emoji should we make? . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd #beautifulnerd #basquiat #radiantchild #crown @aureta @love.watts @basquiatart @mrcurator

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@honestlyeva requested a Georgia O'keefe emoji! Might be my new fav. What other artist emoji should we make? . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd #georgiao'keefe #o'keefe #flowers #skulls #skull #beautifuldecay #santafe @okeeffemuseum

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@wyatt.knowles @asaavedra78 @arthistorylesson all requested a Warhol. He was a pretty popular dude. What other artist emoji should we make? . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd#warhol #popart @warholpopart @andywarholart #andywarhol #campbells

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@madsraftehein requested a Damien Hirst emoji!  all day. What other art emoji should we make? . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd #damienhirst #hirst #skull #diamonds @damienhirst

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@aljaparis requested a Banksy emoji! It might work too well. ❤️ What other artist emoji should we make? . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd #banksy #heart #balloon #lost @banksy @banksy_artwork @banksysells #banksyny #banksyart

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@makennacombs requested a lichtenstein emoji! Updated the text bubbles to ...err...text bubbles. What other artist emoji should we make? . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd#warhol #popart #lichtenstein #love #text @roylichtenstein

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@katielouniverse @supreme_phi @gregelmsphoto all requested a jackson pollock emoji! look at that wild boy! What other artist emoji should we make? . . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd #pollock #jacksonpollock #paint #splash

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@heyitsianbeck requested a girl w/ the pearl emoji! Also known as the Dutch Mona Lisa. What other artist emoji should we make? . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd #vermeer #janvermeer #girlwiththepearlearring #dutch

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@sopopomo and @asaavedra78 requested a Turrell emoji. I thought about putting drake in there . What other emoji should we make? . . . . .  #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd #turrell #jamesturrell #hotlinebling #drake

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@katielouniverse requested a Michelangelo emoji. Feels fitting to end at the beginning: Creation of Adam. Thanks for playing with us this week! You guys rock.  . . . . . #weho #losangeles #contemporaryart#fineart #modernart#artgallery#artcollective #art #artsy#instaart #LA#creative #abstractart #cantorfineart #famous #emoji #arthistory #arthistorynerd #emojiarthistory #instaart #instaartist #artnerd #michelangelo #creation

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Big Bird is here with a groove that’s slightly transformed.


The larger-than-life “Sesame Street” character raps along to DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s anthemic “Summertime” in a new mashup video going viral.


“I really feel as if Big Bird is a perfect match for Will Smith,” said Adam Schleichkorn, who sliced up footage from the educational kids’ show to create the clip.





“I put a ton of thought into song choices and characters, so hopefully it comes across,” he wrote on his YouTube channel “isthishowyougoviral”Wednesday.


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Kickstarter created over 300,000 jobs, study says

Kickstarter has created 29,600 full-time and 283,000 part-time jobs, as well as 8,800 companies thus far, according to a study by Professor Ethan Mollick from the University of Pennsylvania. Mollick, who's been keeping a close eye on Kickstarter for...

Crunch Report | Oracle Buys Netsuite

Uber Co-Founder Garrett Camp launches real estate venture, UpThere raises $77 million for its new cloud storage service,for $9.3 billion, Apple sold its 1 billionth iPhone. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies to help build a train in Europe. All this on Crunch Report Read More

iPhone 7 could be shipped with lightning to 3.5mm dongle

And just like that, we're about a month away from the release of the next Apple iPhone--the iPhone 7. Ever since it was first announced, people have been seeing different leaks and rumors about the smartphone; some of which were pretty good changes for the device, others were pretty questionable.

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Exclusive Interview With Alexa on Amazon’s Earnings Report

Thursday, Amazon announced its second quarter sales, reporting a net income of $857 million, which makes the $92 million the company earned in its second quarter in last year look like pocket change. In its press release, Amazon straightforwardly lays out 26 beautiful ways the company has blossomed. Gizmodo sat down with Alexa, the company’s mononymous spokeswoman, to gain insight on how Amazon has grown in the past year.

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BLU’s Studio Touch smartphone comes with fingerprint sensor for only $100

BLU's Studio Touch smartphone comes with fingerprint sensor for only $100

Smartphone manufacturer BLU has done it again. And by "it", we mean proving that you don't need to spend lots of money on a smartphone enjoy a device with the latest specs. Just like it has done in the past, BLU has announced that their latest smartphone, the BLU Studio Touch, will be available with a price tag of $99.

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Solar Power Could Be Coming Soon to Chernobyl

The atomic fallout in Chernobyl, Ukraine was one of the worst nuclear disasters in history and put around 2,600 square kilometers (around 1,000 square miles) of land out of commission. It’s been good for shitty horror films and for the wildlife that has blossomed there following the disaster, but after decades of people unable to return to their homes and the property surrounding the reactor abandoned, it was only a matter of time before somebody wanted to attempt to reuse it.

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Apple brings on new talent for autonomous car initiative

Apple has brought on the former head of BlackBerry's automotive software division to lead its own self-driving car tech projects.

How the media will rise in the face of the digital revolution

shutterstock_61752394The media is passing through an awkward digital adolescence. With falling revenues and smaller newsrooms, the industry is being squeezed into an unfamiliar online space against its will. Publications with hundred-year pedigrees are having to rethink and relearn their trade from the ground up. Read More

Lately, Science Has Been Having A Lot Of Fun With Hydrogels

Hydrogel-based materials are the basis of many experiments in the science community, having been utilized in new ways to cool down buildings, make better condoms , and to generate soft tissues . They’re already used in contact lenses, and you can eat them with your Jello (or a version of them anyway).

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(VIDEO) Taboola Acquires ConvertMedia in Bid to Become Major Video Site

With the acquisition of ConvertMedia, an outstream video supply side platform, Taboola is moving to become a giant video platform, soon competing with the likes of SnapChat, Facebook and YouTube, says Adam Singolda, CEO of Taboola, in this interview taped in his Manhattan headquarters on Tuesday afternoon.

With the acquisition of ConvertMedia, the company is adding a robust programmatic platform, Singolda adds.

The price of the acquisition was not announced.  Citing industry sources, TechCrunch reports the deal was just under $100 million.

In Cannes last month, we interviewed ConvertMedia CEO Yoav Naveh.  Please find the segment here.

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Samsung releases video teaser on upcoming Galaxy Note 7 specs

As August 2 nears, information about the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has started to emerge. But since it's only days away from the launch, the South Korean company couldn't help but send out a few leaks earlier today. The first leak they shared was an official teaser hinting that the next Galaxy Note 7 smartphone will come with waterproofing, fingerprint technology, an improved selfie camera, and much more.

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Google announces add-ons for Docs and Sheets’ mobile apps

Ever wish you could do even more work on your phone? Then today's your day. Google just announced third-party add-on support for its Docs and Sheets Android app, allowing the mobile version of its office suite to seamlessly integrate with other produ...

Microsoft to cut 2850 more jobs this year – Computerworld

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Microsoft to cut 2850 more jobs this year
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Satya Nadella isn't stopping the job cuts train at Microsoft any time soon. The company revealed Thursday that 2,850 people will lose their jobs by the middle of 2017, on top of the 1,850 cuts announced earlier this year. According to a regulatory ...
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Microsoft to Lay Off 2,850 People

In 2015, Microsoft laid off 7,800 people. This May, Microsoft announced it would lay off another 1,850 employees, mostly people who worked for Nokia, which Microsoft acquired in 2013.

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Hack Of Democratic Committee Investigated By FBI: Report

By Joseph Menn, Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball


SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) that may be related to an earlier hack at the Democratic National Committee, said four sources familiar with the matter on Thursday.


The previously unreported incident at the DCCC, which raises money for Democrats running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, may have been intended to gather information about donors, rather than to steal money, the sources said.


The breach and its potential ties to Russian hackers are likely to sharpen concern, so far unproven, that Moscow is attempting to meddle in U.S. elections. The issue has clouded this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


The DCCC intrusion could have begun as recently as June, two of the sources told Reuters.


That was when a spoof website was registered with a name closely resembling that of a main donation site connected to the DCCC. For some time, Internet traffic associated with donations that was supposed to go to a company that processes campaign donations instead went to the spoof site, two sources said.


The sources said the Internet Protocol address of the spurious site resembled one used by a Russian government-linked hacking group, one of two such groups suspected in the breach of the DNC, the nationwide strategy setting and money-raising body for the Democratic Party.


The DCCC had no immediate comment. Donation processing company ActBlue had no immediate comment.


The FBI referred questions to a statement it made on Monday on the DNC hack: “The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC and are working to determine the nature and scope of the matter. A compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously, and the FBI will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace.”


While private cyber experts and the government were aware of the DNC hack months ago, embarrassing emails were leaked last weekend by the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy group just as the party prepared to anoint Hillary Clinton as its presidential candidate for the Nov. 8 election.


The revelation of the DCCC breach is likely to further stoke concerns among Democratic Party operatives, many of whom have acknowledged they fear further dumps of hacked files that could harm their candidates. WikiLeaks has said it has more material related to the U.S. election that it intends to release.


DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned after the leaked emails this past weekend showed party leaders favoring Clinton over her rival in the nomination campaign, Senator Bernie Sanders. The committee is supposed to be neutral.


Cyber security experts and current U.S. officials, who asked not to be identified, have said there is strong evidence that Russia was responsible for the DNC breach.


Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Thursday the U.S. intelligence community was not ready to “make the call on attribution” as to who was responsible for the DNC hack. The White House said earlier the FBI had not disclosed any information about who was behind the hack.


Clapper, speaking at the Aspen Security Forum, acknowledged that “there’s just a few usual suspects out there” who might be responsible for the cyber intrusion, suggesting it was the work of a state actor rather than an independent hacking group.


Russian officials have dismissed the allegations of Moscow’s involvement. “It is so absurd it borders on total stupidity,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.


(Additional reporting by Warren Strobel in Aspen, Colorado; Yara Bayoumy in Washington; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Diane Craft)

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HTC Vive owners can finally face the void in ‘Adr1ft’ – Engadget

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It may be a few months late, but the day is finally here: Adr1ft, Adam Orth's VR orbital survival simulator, is now available for the HTC Vive. The Oculus Rift launch exclusive was originally planned to launch on SteamVR back in May, but was delayed to ...
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HTC Vive owners can finally face the void in ‘Adr1ft’

It may be a few months late, but the day is finally here: Adr1ft, Adam Orth's VR orbital survival simulator, is now available for the HTC Vive. The Oculus Rift launch exclusive was originally planned to launch on SteamVR back in May, but was delayed...

English Bulldogs Have Reached a Genetic Dead End

The English Bulldog is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, but it’s also one of the unhealthiest. An upsetting new analysis now shows that these stocky, wrinkly-faced dogs lack the genetic diversity required to improve the breed, and that their current level of health is as good as it’s ever going to get.

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Yahoo researchers built a powerful new online abuse detector

A team of researchers at Yahoo Labs have plumbed the depths of their company's massive comment sections to come up with something that might actually be useful for detecting and eventually curbing rampant online abuse. Using a first-of-its-kind data...

CBS and Showtime have two million internet-only subscribers

While CBS is busy licensing content to Netflix for display outside of the US and Canada, here its own streaming services are off to a good start. On today's earnings call, execs said CBS All Access and the streaming version of Showtime have combined...

Do you wear a smartwatch or fitness band?

Microsoft Band 2

Despite having a deep love for technology, especially new technology, there are certain things that have seen pretty solid adoption that I just can’t seem to get into. Most recently that’s things like tablets, and, perhaps even worse, is my lack of any kind of desire to keep a smartwatch or other wearable. It’s not just a new thing, either, cropping up in my old age. I never used to use Bluetooth headsets, despite the fact you’d see them all over the place 10 years ago or so. Just couldn’t do it.

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Wirecutter’s best deals: Save $80 on a Dell Inspiron 11 laptop

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com. You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter....

SurveyMonkey study finds social media apps ruled mobile in first half of 2016

MessengerA new study from SurveyMonkey Intelligence revealed the 30 most-downloaded, and most-used apps in the American iOS and Android app stores so far this year. Social media apps like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram ruled over mobile games in the first six months of 2016. Because Pokémon Go was released in the US on July 6, that wildly popular new title didn’t even show in the… Read More

What’s this whole email thing about anyway?

tumblr_mhd47rDuqy1rbv0tfo1_1280-1What do you know about the Clinton email scandal? If you’re anything like me, not much – yet! Let’s take a stroll into our political Swamp of Sadness where both parties are currently mired. One candidate became stuck there while trying to beat the dead horse of the the Crooked Hillary meme and the other candidate is sinking simply because government email is just so damn… Read More

Google reports big profits as it continues to invest in mobile

It's been nearly a year since Google underwent a major organization do-over, with a renaming of the overall parent company to Alphabet, while Google itself was now just a sub-firm within. But, as its latest earnings results suggest, a majority of Alp...

The rise and rise of Mexican fintech

Pesos by Flickr user cyruss matencioNothing tells the story of how the Mexican tech ecosystem is steaming ahead in Latin America quite like the rise of fintech. The financial services space ticks all the right boxes entrepreneurs look for when launching a company. On the flipside, Mexico’s fintech industry has everything VCs daydream about. It’s worth taking a step back to analyze the forces driving Mexico’s… Read More

Control Nest thermostats with your Apple Watch

The whole idea behind Nest's smart thermostats is ease of use. And now in case you'd rather not fish your iPhone out of your pocket (or go on a hunt through the couch cushions for it), the smart home gadgets are controllable with an Apple Watch. The...
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