"The real reasons why China bans foreign tech companies":
"First fully automated DNA data storage": http://www.washington.edu/news/2019/03/21/first-fully-automated-dna-data-storage/
"A mythical form of space propulsion finally gets a real test": https://www.wired.com/story/a-mythical-form-of-space-propulsion-finally-gets-a-real-test/
"The Controversy of NASA’s EmDrive Positive results that violate our laws of physics": https://medium.com/futuresin/the-controversy-of-nasas-emdrive-3311f138affa
BIY™ - Believe it Yourself is a series of real-fictional belief-based computing kits to make and tinker with vernacular logics and superstitions:
Inside Huawei’s secretive plans to develop an operating system to rival Google’s Android:
https://www.scmp.com/tech/big-tech/article/3013813/inside-huaweis-secretive-plans-develop-operating-system-rival-googles #OS #Technology #Politics
Key info: the OS will not be based on Linux but a microkernel; the OS hasn’t been largely tested for a commercial release; it is highly secretive even inside Huawei
U.S. networks are largely Huawei-free, and so the industry report also concluded that a prohibition on Chinese network kit would disadvantage Europe: "The need to replace network equipment and the capacity constraints on the remaining mobile equipment vendors would disrupt current rollout plans. Such a delay would widen the gap in 5G penetration between the EU and the U.S. by more than 15 percentage points by 2025."
The Coalition Out to Kill Tech as We Know It:
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/06/how-politicians-and-scholars-turned-against-big-tech/591052/ #Technology #Politics
"Second, the mythology of tech as the carrier of progress has imploded, just as it did for the robber barons of the late 19th century, ushering in the trust-busting era. "
"At a broad ideological level, two things have happened. First, the idea of cyberspace, a transnational, individualistic, largely unregulated, and free place that was not exactly located in any governmental domain, has completely collapsed."
"Surveillance capitalism: critic urges Toronto to abandon smart city project. Google’s Sidewalk Labs comes under increasing scrutiny amid concerns over privacy & data harvesting": https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/06/toronto-smart-city-google-project-privacy-concerns https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/06/toronto-smart-city-google-project-privacy-concerns << Big Tech's push to privatise & dominate the basic infrastructure of life is a shit show & insane. #Urban #Technology #Politics
"Global demand for cars will decline 3% in 2019". << This is truly excellent news! 20% decline in 2020? https://www.businessinsider.com/peak-car-38000-layoffs-job-losses-sales-at-auto-makers-2019-5 #Technology #Regenerative
In technology design a primary challenge now is how to shift from the dominate model of automation & augmentation (more! better! faster! growth! etc. - focused on artefacts) to cultivation (permanence, wisdom, appropriate tech, open source, commons, etc. - focused on life)
"Tech Giants Amass a Lobbying Army for an Epic Washington Battle": https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/us/politics/amazon-apple-facebook-google-lobbying.html #Technology #Politics
"The canton of Geneva in Switzerland has banned the construction of 5G antennas for the time being. Parliament lacks scientific evidence on health risks.": https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Schweiz-Vorlaeufiges-Verbot-von-5G-Mobilfunkantennen-in-Genf-4398114.html #Technology #Health
"Tech Companies Are Profiting Off ICE Deportations, Report Shows": http://amp.timeinc.net/fortune/2018/10/23/tech-companies-surveillance-ice-immigrants
"Amazon's helping police build a surveillance network with Ring doorbells": https://www.cnet.com/features/amazons-helping-police-build-a-surveillance-network-with-ring-doorbells/
"Training a single AI model can emit as much carbon as five cars in their lifetimes":
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613630/training-a-single-ai-model-can-emit-as-much-carbon-as-five-cars-in-their-lifetimes/ #ML #Technology #ClimateChange