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Bionic bees with electronic backpacks could replace farm drones | Futurism
Farmers across the globe are using drones to do everything from plant crops to monitor for pests. But drones are energy-intensive — according to UW researcher Shyam Gollakota, most can only fly for about 20 minutes before they need to recharge. Gollakota and colleagues at the UW think they’ve come up with a better alternative. Vikram Iyer, a doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Futurism  !UWitM  2018  College:Engineering  bee.sensors  Gollakota.Shyam  Iyer.Vikram  Allen.School  Department:Electrical.Engineering 
2 days ago by uwnews
Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto's Nouveau Riche
I understand why people might want to hire a boat and stuff it with investors: to make money. This cruise measures its takings in old-school pounds and dollars. None of the ship’s bars take bitcoin—fittingly, the only thing you can do with it here is gamble. What I don’t understand is why anyone thought this would make the whole thing look less like a Ponzi scheme with a sleazy post-cyberpunk aesthetic.

It’s only my first day, but it’s clear this is not the Burning Man-style celebration of the liberatory potential of decentralization I was promised. This is a locked-room, hard-sell pitch session to a literally captive audience of high-roller crypto investors, whose only escape is the lifeboats. The whole place smells of aftershave and insecurity. But if you want to know how power actually operates in any community, watch the women.
futurism  cryptocurrency  culture  economics 
4 days ago by janoewen
Kim Stanley Robinson: The Good Anthropocene – Locus Online
The thing about climate change is it’s usually pretty slow. While it will include some quick catastrophes that just slap you in the face, like a big hurricane or fire or flood, it’s more often slow, like the five-year drought we had in California.
climate  literature  books  futurism  science  sciencefiction  writing  nyc  weather 
5 days ago by allaboutgeorge
WALL·E

An interpunct is, of course, a vertically centered dot originally used to separate words in Latin and ancient Greek. (Spaces weren’t invented until several centuries later.) The interpunct is still in use today—it’s the official decimal point in British currency (£9·99), and is used to represent the dot product of two vectors in mathematics (x · y). Most relevantly, it’s used in Japanese to separate titles, names, and positions, as in “課長補佐 · 鈴木” (Assistant Section Head · Suzuki). It is therefore entirely appropriate as the separator in WALL·E, which is short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter · Earth Class.
typography  design  cinema  monorail  futurism  pixar 
11 days ago by coldbrain

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