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Robots Ruin Robot Hotel

Hotel owner Hideo Sawada said he wanted to run “the most efficient hotel in the world” by staffing it almost exclusively with robots. According to a new report, however, the hotel has laid off more than half of its bots for being inefficient since its launch in 2015.

Google Workers Have a New Plan to Fight Forced Arbitration Google Workers Have a New Plan to Fight Forced Arbitration

A group of Google workers is ramping up the fight to eliminate the tech industry’s use of unfair forced arbitration agreements.

Teen Who Wrote 'I Have a Bomb' on In-Flight Messaging App Deported From New Zealand Teen Who Wrote 'I Have a Bomb' on In-Flight Messaging App Deported From New Zealand

Stuffing our bodies into metal tubes to fly miles above the ground is already a pretty dehumanizing experience. And “jokes” about bombs can make it a lot worse, as a teenager’s lawyer seemed to acknowledge, calling a recent incident in New Zealand the “grossly stupid event of the century.”

CES Will Honor Your Innovation so Long as It Doesn't Fuck  CES Will Honor Your Innovation so Long as It Doesn't Fuck 

At this year’s CES Innovation Awards—the consumer electronic show’s “annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products”—a sex toy company was selected as an honoree in the Robotics and Drone category, only to have their award swiftly rescinded by the organization’s…

Is CES Afraid Of Sex or Women or Both? Is CES Afraid Of Sex or Women or Both?

CES, the annual conference showcasing the cutting-edge in consumer tech, has a reputation for not only being dominated by men, but largely catering to them. That bias was spectacularly on display this week after an impressive-sounding sex toy had its award revoked for being “immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not…

Amazon Pulls Bath Mats With Islamic Religious Text—But the Next Offense Seems Inevitable Amazon Pulls Bath Mats With Islamic Religious Text—But the Next Offense Seems Inevitable

Last week, the Muslim civil rights organization CAIR urged Amazon to take down doormats and bath mats on the site featuring Islamic religious text, arguing that the products “would be stopped-on or otherwise disrespected by customers.” Soon after, Amazon told CAIR it was removing all of the flagged items, which…

Producers of Nazi Romance Movie Appear to Be Using DMCA Takedowns to Silence Critics Producers of Nazi Romance Movie Appear to Be Using DMCA Takedowns to Silence Critics

Where Hands Touch, director Amma Asante’s new film about a love story between a biracial black teen (Amandla Stenberg) and a member of the Hitler youth (George MacKay) in Nazi Germany, promptly received backlash online after it was made available on streaming services this month. And as some are pointing out, it…

Beyonce.com Lawsuit Reminds Us How Shitty the Web Is for Users With Visual Impairment Beyonce.com Lawsuit Reminds Us How Shitty the Web Is for Users With Visual Impairment

Mary Conner, a legally blind woman, filed a class-action lawsuit against Beyoncé Knowles’ entertainment company Parkwood Entertainment on Thursday alleging that the superstar’s official website isn’t accessible for visually impaired users. Conner is described in the lawsuit as having “no vision whatsoever” and alleged…

Facebook and WhatsApp Take the Lead in New Report on Rising Online Harassment in Pakistan Facebook and WhatsApp Take the Lead in New Report on Rising Online Harassment in Pakistan

Online harassment has existed for as long as online has existed, and as access speeds up and expands, it’s only getting worse and more nuanced. A newly released report from the Digital Rights Foundation, a feminist nonprofit in Pakistan focused on digital freedom, spotlights timely data collected on harassment in the…

How Ancient Religious Texts Went Digital

In the 1940s, as the Italian Jesuit priest Father Roberto Busa studied “the verbal system” of Thomas Aquinas, he wondered if, perhaps, there was “any gadget” that could help him develop a concordance—an alphabetical listing of all words written by the 13th century philosopher saint, complete with conjunctions,…

Finally, a Neural Network Can Turn a Bunch of Sheep Into Some Decent Giraffes Finally, a Neural Network Can Turn a Bunch of Sheep Into Some Decent Giraffes

Using machine learning to swap out one image for another isn’t new, but ask these systems to do something a bit more complicated than a basic faceswap, and you can end up with underwhelming or laughable results. Now, researchers say they have developed a technique that produces far more convincing images for complex…

Scarlett Johansson on Deepfakes: 'The Internet Is a Vast Wormhole of Darkness That Eats Itself' Scarlett Johansson on Deepfakes: 'The Internet Is a Vast Wormhole of Darkness That Eats Itself'

One of the darkest aspects of our technologically advanced world is how new advancements are inevitably used to sexually exploit people online. Perhaps few know this better than Scarlett Johansson. Speaking to the Washington Post for a story about the rise of deepfakes and how they are being used to harass women online

Security Flaw in Guardzilla Smart Cameras Is Exposing Users’ Recordings, Researchers Say Security Flaw in Guardzilla Smart Cameras Is Exposing Users’ Recordings, Researchers Say

Putting internet-connected cameras in your home requires some blind trust—namely, that these devices are designed without any major, easily discoverable security vulnerabilities. But that’s not always the case, as researchers at Rapid7 say they found with Guardzilla’s home security cameras. Recently spotted flaws mean…

A New AI-Powered System Creates Impressive 3D Animations From Still Images A New AI-Powered System Creates Impressive 3D Animations From Still Images

Algorithmically generated content can sometimes turn out to be hilariously nonsensical or remarkably dumb. But researchers at the University of Washington (one of whom sold her startup to Facebook) developed a system that uses machine vision to create indisputably cool 3D animations.

We Finally Have Some Hard Data on How Much Twitter Sucks We Finally Have Some Hard Data on How Much Twitter Sucks

Nine months after Amnesty International called on Twitter to be more transparent about abuse on its platform, the organization has published another study indicating that—brace yourself—Twitter still has a damning online abuse problem, and it overwhelmingly affects women of color.

Facebook's Post-Cambridge Analytica Privacy Tool Is Still Months Away Facebook's Post-Cambridge Analytica Privacy Tool Is Still Months Away

In the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook promised users a tool that would give them back some power over how extensively they can be tracked online. That was seven months ago.

The App Sean Parker Created as Penance for His Obscene Cosplay Wedding Is Finally Live The App Sean Parker Created as Penance for His Obscene Cosplay Wedding Is Finally Live

Sean Parker threw a fantasy wedding in the woods of Big Sur five years ago, but it turned out this predictably expensive and over-the-top gathering wasn’t permitted by the California Coastal Commission. The billionaire and former president of Facebook later reached a settlement with the state agency, agreeing to fork…

The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2018 Will Make You Feel Like a Security Genius The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2018 Will Make You Feel Like a Security Genius

For the last seven years, SplashData has revealed its annual list of the most commonly used passwords of the year. This time around, the results reveal that, uh, we still have work to do.

What's Up With That Story About Secret Face-Scanning Tech at a Taylor Swift Show? What's Up With That Story About Secret Face-Scanning Tech at a Taylor Swift Show?

At a Taylor Swift concert earlier this year, fans were reportedly treated to something they might not expect: a kiosk displaying clips of the pop star that served as a covert surveillance system. It’s a tale of creeping 21st-century surveillance as unnerving as it is predictable. But the whole ordeal has left us…

Google Walkout Organizers Demand an End to Forced Arbitration Industry-Wide Google Walkout Organizers Demand an End to Forced Arbitration Industry-Wide

The burgeoning fight to bring tech workers’ employment issues out of the darkness and into the public light grew further on Monday as a group of Google employees demanded the industry eliminate forced arbitration agreements entirely.

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