Futurology

Bill Gates buys big chunk of land in Arizona to build 'smart city'

Bill Gates buys big chunk of land in Arizona to build 'smart city'
Bill Gates buys big chunk of land in Arizona to build 'smart city'

Sounds like he's trying to build the Epcot that Walt Disney imagined himself

buy a private jet

address the AIDS epidemic in Africa by helping make protection freely and easily available

Create a foundation of philanthropists with the commitment to spend 97% of wealth on giving back to the world

Build a mother fucking city

to anyone that says fix an existing city- anyone in construction will tell you its usually easier, cheaper and faster to build from scratch than to try to rehab , retrofit and build around an existing structure.....

Maybe he'll build a city that will win the competition to be Amazon's new HQ.

Amazonizona.

Real-life Iron Man breaks Guinness World Record for fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit - He achieved a speed of 32.02 mph before mistiming a turn and dropping into the lake

Real-life Iron Man breaks Guinness World Record for fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit - He achieved a speed of 32.02 mph before mistiming a turn and dropping into the lake
Real-life Iron Man breaks Guinness World Record for fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine...

Cool looking suit. It looks like it's straight out of a Neil Blomkamp movie!

I guess I don't really understand what something like this would ever be for (outside of some sort of obscure ultra-rich sport or hobby). Which is fine, but really limits the sales potential considering the amount of money that will be needed for development.

I just don't see one anyone would ever use a "jet suit" for that couldn't be replaced with a method that doesn't cost $500,000+(my estimates based on the fact that it has 6 miniature turbines alone) and extensive training.

Re:scam | AI email program designed to reply to email scammers. When you forward a scam to the bot, it adopts personas to engage the scammers and waste their time

Re:scam | AI email program designed to reply to email scammers. When you forward a scam to the bot, it adopts personas to engage the scammers and waste their time

forwards next email from mother to AI

forwards next email from annoying colleague to AI

I feel like the amount of Nigerian princes in the world is about to drop to an all time low.

I used to love messing with scammers and wasting their time.

After leading them on a bit, I'd send them a made up Western Union transaction receipt number. When they replied it didn't work I'd ask what WU office they'd gone to and tell them my number only worked at specific WU office which was, unfortunately, on the other side of their town.

When they returned saying that didn't work I would reply 'Opps! So sorry, I think that 3 is meant to be an 8!' and send them back again.

If they demanded some other form of payment I would send them a corrupted .txt file with some made up extension, .pfd or something. When they said they couldn't open it I would tell them they would need a 'PFD reader program' and send them on a quest to try and down load that.

I was always careful to use bad English and grammar so I they couldn't use my emails as a way to improve their language skills.

Eventually my Gmail account got blocked as I think it got blacklisted by sending too many reply emails with scammer content in them.

What happens if the nigerian princes forward the emails the bot sends to them back to the bot email address?

I hope it tries to chat with itself.

Social Media platform seeks to use artificial intelligence and blockchain to solve the fake news. epidemic.

Social Media platform seeks to use artificial intelligence and blockchain to solve the fake news....

Copying in comment from /u/Kahzgul

Wtf OP saying (in a reply in that thread) many “obvious” conspiracies that are “easily proven” like “pizzagate, sandy hook”. Holy fuck. Seems like this block chain website is a cover for alt-right to legitimize their fake news; making it exactly the opposite of what this sub says. And on conspiracy the OP is actively recruiting, whereas here he’s just advertising.

Fishy as fuck

Edit: Read this nonsense the OP wrote:

https://www.reddit.com/sub/conspiracy/comments/7486ji/were_creating_a_media_platform_to_take_on_t...

I feel there are many obvious conspiracies that don't get the credit they deserve 9/11, PizzaGate, Sandy Hook, etc. Easy to prove conspiracy theories. If people invested time in the comments sections, looking at different materials, they would realize how bad it is.

So while the blockchain seems like a good idea, it's apparently intended to legitimize actual bullshit and make it more convincing to the general public.

But can't this also be a way for media outlets to more or less control people? How can these fact checkers be 100% autonomous? Doesn't it ultimately come down to someone's authority?

It still just feels like putting your faith in one source over another. I know that it's "designed" to be neutral, but how do I know that this whole thing isn't actually designed to only promote a particular agenda? I almost feel safer having many contradicting sides of every story because that forces me to keep an open mind and not blindly believe anything right away.

This is just advertising. Here is a link from the OP advertising in another forum. https://www.reddit.com/sub/conspiracy/comments/7486ji/were_creating_a_media_platform_to_take_on_t...

We'll all eat crickets in 20 years, says Cisco's Chambers - The outgoing Cisco executive says clean, cheap insects will be our top protein source.

We'll all eat crickets in 20 years, says Cisco's Chambers - The outgoing Cisco executive says clean, cheap insects will be our top protein source.
We'll all eat crickets in 20 years, says Cisco's Chambers - The outgoing Cisco executive says cle...

Well if with "we" he means him and his family and friends, maybe he's right. Otherwise, we already have clean, cheap protein sources - plants.

Is this like when we were told that phones and tablets would be the end of books........except then people still liked books.

It's called an extra option. Not "we will all eat crickets".

We'll be able to readily buy and eat powdered crickets/mealworms in the future and reap the benefits of doing that, since insect protein is actually quite healthy.

But nobody will have to do that. And not everyone will do it. Not everyone eats meat to begin with.

Plant protein has a sufficient biological value. How do you feed insects ? They are yet another intermediate step in the food chain. IMO genetically engineered plants, algae and microbes are the future of food.

HSBC Commits $100 Billion to Combat Climate Change: 'The UK-based bank will make up to $100 billion available for financing low-carbon projects, while stopping the financing of mines that produce coal for power generation.'

HSBC Commits $100 Billion to Combat Climate Change: 'The UK-based bank will make up to $100 billion available for financing low-carbon projects, while stopping the financing of mines that produce coal for power generation.'
HSBC Commits $100 Billion to Combat Climate Change: 'The UK-based bank will make up to $100 billi...

That's actually quite responsible behaviour (for a bank).

Even if it's profit driven, it will still make it easier for clean energy start-ups.

Seems they found a way to use all the drug money they've laundered.

I'd agree in principle but this is HSBC we're talking about here... shady doesn't quite cover it.

So are they just using the money they're laundering for coal power or what?

A basic income for everyone? Yes, Finland shows it really can work - Mark Zuckerberg, Bernie Sanders and Elon Musk back the idea. And trials suggest it can liberate jobless people from a life of humiliation

A basic income for everyone? Yes, Finland shows it really can work - Mark Zuckerberg, Bernie Sand...

Well, so long as Mark Zuckerberg endorses it, we should be fine.

Ya he totally has our best interests in mind.

The real issue is that he doesn't even have the expertise to know whose interests it'll be in or what will happen. Starting a social media company doesn't give him any more expertise in issues like GMI than most people have. Oops, I forgot, having a lot of money or celebrity makes someone an expert on everything.

Wouldn't it be better to wait for a trial in several entire countries (rather than some tiny village in Finland) before concluding "it works"?

David Bowie 1999: "I don't think we've even seen the tip of the iceberg. I think the potential of what the internet is going to do to society, both good and bad, is unimaginable.

David Bowie 1999: "I don't think we've even seen the tip of the iceberg. I think the potential of what the internet is going to do to society, both good and bad, is unimaginable.

I'm pretty sure David Bowie's nervous system was plugged directly into our collective social consciousness. The man lived and breathed cultural force.

In 1999 I, aged eight, first used dial up internet to find information at a museum, and thought at that young age 'wow, who needs books any more?'

The files you load into the Kindle app.

What are books?

US wins first ever giant robot battle with Japan!

US wins first ever giant robot battle with Japan!

Super scripted and just disappointing, thank goodness I forgot all about this and had no hype whatsoever.

SPOILER ALERT: Dont read further if you don't want to know how much this sucked. (Sorry, I'm on mobile and don't know how to do the spoiler text block.)

Seriously. None of this felt even remotely real. The fake sparks flying off of the "lighting truss" which was then used to block shots? The "strategic" knocking over of cars which, in reality, would have been a huge waste of time and easily foreseeable. Taking turns to fire like a Pokémon battle. The "distraction" drone that probably wasn't even controlled by the Japanese driver and did absolutely nothing. The rapid cuts that didn't seem continuous and gave plenty of opportunity for repositioning. The highly scripted responses and "last minute" dodge of our hosts? The camera men on the ground with the robots? The fact that there were FUCKING PEOPLE INSIDE OF THE ROBOTS? That "rock cutting" chainsaw was in no way going to be used safely without careful choreography or a completely demilled/prop chainsaw. I thought this was going to be a real remote control giant version of Battle Bots. This was a joke, and I feel like an idiot for the fact that the Americans won almost certainly because we had more money invested.

I'm embarrassed that I watched this.

No we did not win. It was a shameful fight. The USA took advantage of a 2x weight difference. I feel dirty. Then, had the audacity to talk of weight classes afterwards. There were 2 fights and Japan won the initial challenge, but the USA made a 12 ton melee machine, compared to the 6 ton Japanese machine, and won that fight. No shit, it was twice the size. Bullshit. Japan won that fight. When we fight again, there had better be set weight classes.

Don't forget that only the American robot had destructive weapons whilst the Japanese one had paintballs and an arm that pushed things

Colorado Political Candidate Promises to Give His Seat to an App - What if elected representatives actually voted based on what their constituents wanted?: ‘If more than 50% of people in his community vote "yes" on an issue through the app, Casas will vote the same way they do.’

Colorado Political Candidate Promises to Give His Seat to an App - What if elected representative...

This terrible idea reminds me of a quote by George Carlin.

"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."

Edit: I know this is not technically accurate, but "median person" does not have quite the same comedic ring to it...

This is just begging to be abused and manipulated. There are huge security problems with this approach. It's so easy for special interest and outside groups to attempt to manipulate voting results.

In theory it can be done, with enough security, but in reality most groups go with bare minimum security and hope no one figures it out.

Then why have a candidate? Just hand governance over to an app. This would be A) Pure Democracy, and B) Pure Chaos.

Block chain.

Try one of these subthreads